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"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 all 25 modules 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 Fall, two microcredential options will be offered, leading to the full ACUE Certificate. 

Fall Microcredentials and Modules

Promoting Engaged and Active Online Learning Modules (9)

Designing Learner-Centered and Inclusive Courses Modules Online (9) 
Motivating Students Online  Using Groups to Ensure Active Online Learning Promoting a Civil Online Learning Environment  Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes
Checking for Student Understanding in Online Learning  Using the Active Learning Cycle in Online Courses Embracing Diversity in Your Online Classroom Developing Fair, Consistent, and Transparent Grading Practices
Delivering Effective Modules and Microlectures Planning Effective Online Discussions Establishing Powerful Learning Outcomes Developing and Using Rubrics and Checklists
Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Online Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions Aligning Activities & Assignments with Course Outcomes Preparing an Effective Syllabus 
  Welcoming Students to Online Learning   Welcoming Students to Online Learning

Who should take ACUE?

Any instructor currently teaching as the instructor of record in a Fall 2020 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 Designing Learner-Centered and Inclusive Courses. 

The Designing Learner-Centered and Inclusive Courses microcredential is ideal for those who wish to develop an online course that is student-centered and incorporates effective online teaching best practices. Learn evidence-based practices for designing powerful learning outcomes, aligning all aspects of your course to support students in meeting those outcomes, and planning a course welcome that ensures students are prepared to start strong in your online course. Microcredential modules cover aligning activities, assignments, and assessments with course outcomes; developing rubrics; developing effective grading practices; and, preparing an effective course syllabus. 

NOTE: Faculty who completed the ACUE microcredential in Spring 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 5 of the Fall Semester, 2020, and concludes December 20, 2020 (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 B & C 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?

Our current cohorts have been chosen and are working now. Look for our calls in next semester! Feel free to email [email protected] with any other specific questions you might have.


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