Dr. Derrick Wirtz on Conveying his Personal Enthusiasm

Conveying his personal enthusiasm for psychology is a goal for Dr. Derrick Wirtz, and his students would tell you he is successful. Dr. Wirtz has been teaching introductory psychology at ECU since 2008, and he is very aware that the class is often taken in the first or second semester when students are still adjusting to college and how to study effectively. read more.

Dr. Rosa Bell is Receiving Funding to Redesign her Chemistry Class

Congratulations to ECU professor, Dr. Rosa Bell, for receiving funding to support her efforts to redesign her Chemistry classes! Dr. Bell was awarded an RFP worth a little over $30,000 for her work entitled, “Expanding the Reach and Impact of Technology-Enhanced Course Redesign”. According to Dr. Bell, “Computer-based technology will be used in this project to support learning and facilitate General Chemistry II student transition from the traditional lecture form of instruction to the team-based learning approach. read more.

Fall News Letter for Appalachian State's Lead Tutoring Program

Appalachian State University have published their fall news letter for their Lead Tutoring program. The news letter can be viewed here.

Putting Motivation Science to Work

Motivation was the theme of a three-hour workshop on using research-based strategies to enhance instruction, and it motivated 65 faculty members at Appalachian State University to attend. They gave high marks to the session “Learning Matters: Applying Research-Based Strategies to Motivate Students” conducted by Dr. Brett D. Jones, professor in the Department of Learning Sciences at Virginia Tech.

The focus of Jones’ presentation was the MUSIC Model of Academic Motivation. In 2009 Jones drew from decades of motivation theory and research to develop his comprehensive approach, which helps instructors better understand how current motivation theories and research can be applied to instruction. read more.

UNCG Program for Students with ADHD Shows Early Success

A structured program of group therapy and individual mentoring is having a positive impact on college students who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The success of the program is important because about five per cent of first-year college students have ADHD. Although not yet well documented, preliminary findings have indicated that only about nine per cent of students with ADHD graduate from college compared with 60 per cent of students without ADHD. College students with ADHD are also more like likely to experience higher levels of depression, anxiety and other types of psychological distress. read more.

Enthusiasm Engineer Helps Students Care about Learning

"If you’re going to ask students to show up, you’ve got to make it worth their while to be there," says Jeff Goodman, a senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. "What happens in the classroom has to matter," he continued, "it can’t just be information."

So Goodman creates events and situations in the classroom so students will have a shared, memorable experience that can be used as a springboard into more abstract concepts. "I think of myself as an enthusiasm engineer," he said, "and my job is to connect students with content. The content is already out there, and I have to help them care about it." read more.

UDL in an Online Teacher Education Course

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro associate professor Ye He has been published in the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. The article, Universal Design for Learning in an Online Teacher Education Course: Enhancing Learners' COnfidence to Teach Online, can be viewed here.

Shared Learning Conference is Action-Packed!

When conference participants arrive in Greenville poised to communicate and cooperate, you’ve got the ingredients for a highly successful 3rd annual Shared Learning Conference.

First the numbers— Over 170 educators and students from three different states and 32 institutions. About 63% of participants were from campuses already involved with College Star, and the rest came to learn how they could take the knowledge back to their own academic setting. Included was faculty from colleges and universities as well as educators from the K-12 setting. read more.

Dr. Sue Steinweg retires (again!) after supporting College STAR

“Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” That’s a quote from W.B. Yeats that Dr. Sue Steinweg often uses as her email signature. It’s a fitting reminder of the work she has been doing for the past two-and-a-half years as an instructional consultant for the College STAR program.

Sue has been writing online faculty development modules designed around the principles of Universal Design for Learning in order to share effective teaching practices. The modules are freely available to all on the College STAR website.

It’s the latest way Sue has chosen to share her passion for learning and effective teaching. Sue’s career path is a little unconventional. After receiving her Ph.D. in special education, she spent many years home with her children. But when her husband retired from the military, she began teaching at East Carolina University. What started out as a few classes ended up as a tenured position in the Program of Special Education. In the latter part of that career she taught a number of on-line classes. She found she really enjoyed on-line teaching because it was a way to make knowledge available more more.

Using Clickers to Facilitate Student Engagement

Using clicker questions to facilitate student engagement has been a winning strategy for Dr. James E. Collins, a chemistry teaching instructor who has been at ECU since 2002. His students have noticed and appreciated his efforts and they were cited when College STAR surveyed students last year.

“The clicker questions he provides motivate me to go to class because he takes time to not only solve the problems, but also provides time for us to solve them giving us a better understanding of the topic when we go to review at home,” the student more.

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