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Dr. Jan Tillman is very aware that the advanced practice nurses in her leadership course are a heterogeneous group. They are older than the traditional East Carolina University student and bring years of clinical experience to the table. They are practicing nurses, moms, dads, veterans and have varied ethnic backgrounds. So she knew from the start that they would also bring a wide variety of learning styles to the table.

When a workshop on improving student engagement and learning through course re-design was offered at ECU, she was excited to participate. The workshop had a focus on two approaches—Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Integrated Course Design (ICD) concept created by Dee Fink. It was sponsored by the ECU Office for Faculty Excellence and College STAR (Supporting Transition Access and Retention).

Inspired by the workshop, she spent the summer of 2015 revamping the hybrid distance learning course “Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence” to give her students several ways to both learn and demonstrate their knowledge of leadership principles. read more

College STAR News

  • East Carolina University highlights the start of College STAR Phase 4

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    East Carolina University recently released an article highlighting the start of phase 4 of the College STAR grant.

  • ECU German Professor Shares Flipped Learning Experience

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    Dr. Birgit Jensen, associate professor of German at ECU, recently shared her experiences with flipped learning during a podcast hosted by the Flipped Learning Network. Jensen has been teaching German at ECU for 17 years and started flipping her Beginning German courses in 2014.

  • Student Support Summit Inspires Future Collaboration

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    When dozens of committed professionals come together to share ideas the results can be amazing.    And that’s exactly what happened at a recent gathering of colleges and educational groups who focus on providing services to post-secondary students with learning differences and the faculty and staff who support them.

  • Fayetteville State Eye-to-Eye Chapter Begins Second Year

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    The Bronco STAR program at Fayetteville State is now the fourth college in the UNC system to establish an Eye-to -Eye chapter through which college students with learning differences work with similar students in middle and high school. The Fayetteville State program is in its second year and has also become a registered student organization on campus.

  • Dr. Jennifer Williams joins College STAR program

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    Dr. Jennifer Williams has joined the program as the newly created UDL Faculty Fellow, taking a pause from her role as Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research at ECU.   She has also assumed the responsibilities of ECU College Star director Diane Majewski.   Majewski has moved to a new role with the ECU Honors College.


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    Team-based learning is the key that one Fayetteville State University professor is using to open up and involve her criminal justice students  in ways that expand on the Universal Design for Learning  principle of engagement.

  • Book Club brings As-U-R Students Together

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    Book clubs have had resurgence ever since Oprah launched one 20 years ago, and the As-U-R program at Appalachian State has adopted the format for one of its seminars with great success.

  • Book Club Helps Faculty “Switch” Their Perspective

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    A virtual book club at Appalachian State served as a great jumping off point for faculty members interested in redesigning their classes to make them more accessible to students, particularly those with learning differences.

  • Submit A College STAR Case Study

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    College STAR is currently seeking dynamic proposal submissions from professors and instructors from across the nation. The proposal should br centered around  effective teaching practices and  would result in the creation of online case studies if they are approved. College STAR case studies are organized around the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

  • Andrea Neal pens guest column for Education Week blog

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    Andrea Neal, executive director of special programs at Fayetteville State, recently wrote a guest column for Education Week’s Finding Common Ground blog. She shared information about Bronco STAR and the support it offers students with learning differences at Fayetteville State.