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Course in Effective Teaching Practices Online

The Spring 2023 Application is Now Open
Apply by Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 11:59 PM

Program Overview

The ACUE certificate in Effective Teaching Practices Online is a fully online professional learning experience. Designed in collaboration with online teaching and learning experts and based in evidence-based pedagogy, this program empowers faculty to be impactful online instructors and ensure student success today and in the future.  

The Effective Online Teaching Practices certificate supports all design and delivery models, including synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid formats, and is relevant for all faculty roles. This certificate is delivered through 3 flexible Microcredential courses. 

Participants who complete 3 out of 3 Microcredentials in Effective Teaching Practices Online, will earn the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, awarded in collaboration with the American Council on Education. These credentials distinguish faculty and institutions for their commitment to educational excellence. 

CETL is currently transferring from our current ACUE Online Microcredential program to ACUE's latest offering of Microcredentials in Effective Teaching Practices. This means that everyone who has earned one or two ACUE Microcredentials must complete the series of three by the end of Fall 2023.

ACUE Calendar

ACUE Microcredentials in Effective Teaching Practices Online and Modules

Promoting Engaged And Active Learning Online (Offered Spring 2023)

Promoting Engaged and Active Learning Online, will provide you with practices to more actively engage your students in varied learning formats including small- and large-group activities, discussions, and microlectures.  This course helps you incorporate effective online instruction that leads to stronger student outcomes.

Microcredential Modules:

  • Welcoming Students to Online Learning

  • Motivating Students Online

  • Developing Effective Modules and Microlectures

  • Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Online

  • Using Groups to Ensure Active Online Learning

  • Using the Active Learning Cycle in Online Courses

  • Checking for Student Understanding in Online Learning

  • Planning Effective Online Discussions

  • Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions


Fostering Lifelong Learning Online (Offered Spring 2023)

Fostering Lifelong Learning Online addresses practices from motivating students to using visualization tools that deepen learning and help students take greater ownership for their own learning in a variety of online courses.

Microcredential Modules:

  • Helping Students Persist in Online Learning

  • Ensuring Equitable Access to Online Learning

  • Developing Self-Directed Online Learners

  • Providing Clear Directions and Explanations in Online Courses 

  • Providing Useful Feedback for Online Learning

  • Using Advanced Questioning in Online Courses 

  • Integrating Visualization Tools in Online Courses]​

  • Using Data and Feedback to Improve Online Teaching 


Designing Learner-Centered And Inclusive Courses Online (Offered Fall 2023)

Designing Learner-Centered and Inclusive Courses addresses the pedagogical approaches, as well as some technical basics, to help you design a course and course materials that support student success.  

Microcredential Modules:

  • Promoting a Civil Online Learning Environment

  • Embracing DIversity in Online Learning

  • Establishing Powerful Learning Outcomes

  • Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes

  • Aligning Learning Experiences with Course Outcomes

  • Developing Fair, Consistent, and Transparent Grading Practices

  • Developing and Using Rubrics and Checklists

  • Preparing an Effective Syllabus

Who should take ACUE?

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

When does ACUE happen?

The program begins week 3 of the Semester and runs for 12 weeks.  The program is facilitated entirely online, using ACUE's specific Canvas. Participants are generally expected to complete 2 modules every 2 weeks to stay with their cohort. There are 8-9 modules with make-up and work ahead weeks built into the schedule.  This is to help give faculty the greatest flexibility to plan, practice, and implement the techniques. 

What do I have to do?

You must be teaching a course during the program so that you are able to practice and/or implement these techniques. 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 1-2 hours hours to view and interact with online content and then about another 2-3 hours of planning, incorporating, and reflecting on one effective teaching practice in your class, totaling about 5 hours per week. Participants are encouraged to block out regular time in their schedules to work on the modules each 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 $1800), free to you!

When are the Microcredentials offered?

Cohorts run each Fall and Spring semester such that the full certificate can be completed in 3 semesters.  CETL sends a Call for Participation at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. 

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

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