Instructional Supports

The College STAR network seeks to infuse the principles of Universal Design for Learning into as many classrooms, offices, and resources as possible on our college campuses today.  This is a lofty goal, but one that we feel can make a significant difference for all students – including those in the margins due to learning and attention differences. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in learning more about this mission, we encourage you to review the resources on this page.

Universal Design for Learning

The educational leaders at CAST developed the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) “to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.” The College STAR initiative seeks to apply these principles to our college campuses.

Professional Development Modules & Case Studies

College STAR professional development modules and case studies are organized around the three principles of Universal Design for Learning, and our goal is to build a repository of examples of UDL in action in as many different disciplines, campus settings, and college environments as possible. Each case study/module contains a description of its alignment with the principles of UDL and practical information to help you know how to try that specific strategy or approach on your campus or in your classroom.

If you use or have used a resource, practice, or instructional strategy in your classroom or campus office that you feel has contributed to student success and aligns with the UDL framework, we want to hear from you! Share your case study idea with us through a very brief proposal process by clicking here:

To view our current UDL modules and case studies click here:

College STAR Learning Communities

STAR Learning Communities are small networks (or “constellations”) of faculty and/or staff members working together on a common project that (a) incorporates one or more of the principles of  UDL in a new way in their classroom or campus office; (b) facilitates opportunities for participants to share ideas and resources as they collaborate to plan and implement their project with others; (c) includes a commitment to evaluate the impact of their project on student learning and performance; and (d) culminates in a resource (e.g. manuscript, reflection paper, case study, presentation, module, etc.) that shares what they learned with others.

STAR Learning Communities (SLC’s) are intended to be safe and collaborative environments where faculty and staff members can try new things and make a positive difference for the students they serve.  Projects can be as focused as trying one new instructional practice or as broad as a complete course re-design focused on the UDL framework. If you are interested in starting or participating in a STAR Learning Community click here to learn more.