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The Spring 2021 program has filled.

"The project helps you evaluate each component of your teaching and assess how you can teach with more intention and more effectively. I feel that I have a better understanding of my students' needs. I have been shocked with how much more my students connect with and enjoy the classroom experience. At the end of the program, I had an arsenal of techniques I had tried and proven in my classroom…I will continue to use this and other methods I learned in the program."

Dr. Portia Jackson-Preston, Public Health

Program Overview

The ACUE program in Effective Teaching Practices is a fully online professional learning experience. Participants who complete 25 modules or 3 out of 3 Microcredentials, will earn the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). This professional development opportunity for instructors is nationally recognized at all levels of Higher Education and this Spring, two microcredential options will be offered, leading to the full ACUE Certificate. 

Spring Microcredentials and Modules

Promoting Engaged and Active Online Learning Modules (9)

Fostering Lifelong Learning in Your Online Course (8)
Motivating Students Online  Using Groups to Ensure Active Online Learning

Helping Students Persist in Online Learning 

Engaging Underprepared Students in Online Learning 

Checking for Student Understanding in Online Learning  Using the Active Learning Cycle in Online Courses

Developing Self-Directed Online Learners 

Providing Clear Directions and Explanations in Online Courses 

Delivering Effective Modules and Microlectures Planning Effective Online Discussions

Providing Useful Feedback for Online Learning 

Using Advanced Questioning In Online Courses 

Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Online Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions

Integrating Visualization Tools in Online Learning 

Integrating Visualization Tools in Online Learning 


Welcoming Students to Online Learning



Who should take ACUE?

Any instructor currently teaching as the instructor of record in a Spring 2021 course who wants to refine and sharpen their online teaching using effective teaching best practices. Participants will be practicing and/or implementing different teaching practices in their Fall courses. Selected participants must also attend a mandatory 90-minute online orientation via Zoom. Specific orientation dates and times are in the Cohort Calendar.

Applicants must choose ONE microcredential option they wish to complete this semester: Promoting Engaged and Active Online Learning or Fostering Lifelong Learning in Your Online Course. 

The Fostering Lifelong Learning in Your Online Course microcredential is ideal for those who wish to hone their ability to motivate your students, provide clarity of expectations, develop self-directed learners, and more. This course addresses practices from motivating students to using visualization tools that deepen learning and help students take greater ownership for their own learning.

NOTE: Faculty who completed the ACUE microcredential in Fall 2020 should apply for this microcredential to keep moving toward the full 25 module Certificate in Effective Teaching Practices.

The Promoting Engaged and Active Online Learning microcredential is ideal for those who wish to make their remote courses more active and engaged using small- and large-group activities, discussions, and micro-lectures. Topics covered include developing effective modules and micro-lectures, teaching powerful notetaking online, using groups to ensure active online learning, using the active learning cycle in online courses, and planning and facilitating effective online discussions. This is a great microcredential for instructors wondering how to structure individual class sessions online.

When does ACUE happen?

The program begins week 4 of the Spring Semester, 2021, and concludes May 23, 2021 (12-week program). The program is facilitated entirely online, using ACUE's specific Canvas! There are some synchronous events, like the program orientation and pinning ceremonies, which CETL hosts through Zoom. These events are to help you connect to the large ACUE communities on campus. Following ACUE's new Microcredential pattern, a cohort will run from 8 to 12 weeks long. This is to help give faculty the greatest flexibility to plan, practice, and implement the techniques, eventually leading to the 25 modules necessary for the certificate. Usually, you can expect to participate in 8 to 9 modules per Microcredential. 

Explore our current Microcredential cohorts' schedules and modules in the Cohort D & E Calendar. 

What do I have to do?

You MUST be teaching during the program to participate so you are able to practice these techniques in your classroom. You should expect to actively participate in the modules by, watching video content, reading about best practices and techniques, and discussing scenarios and what you learned. We estimate each module takes about an hour to view online content and then about another two hours of planning, incorporating, and reflecting on one effective teaching practice in your class, totaling about 3 hours per week.

What do I earn?

Faculty who complete multiple ACUE microcredentials are awarded ACUE’s Certificate in Effective Teaching Practices. A nationally recognized, full course certificate for your file and robust professional development (a cost of $1200), free to you. Please know that no modules or badges expire, so they can be combined and added to later. All these records are kept by ACUE. 

When's the next cohort?

Feel free to email [email protected] with any other specific questions you might have.

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