“With great teaching, students succeed.”
These words are a core belief of the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). The association was founded to ensure just that: great teaching.
Founded in 2014, ACUE bridges the gap between content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for college and university educators.
It does this by offering an online course in effective teaching practices. The course consists of 25 modules designed to help teachers improve student learning by utilizing the essential practices shown to improve student outcomes. The course is led by an on campus facilitator and is hosted as an online course. The material is delivered through a series of videos, readings, and discussions, and can be purely online or presented as a hybrid course.
The Association provides a Certificate in Effective College Instruction (backed by the American Council on Education or ACE) to course-takers who complete at least 23 modules.
The modules are in five sections:
- Designing an Effective Course and Class
- Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
- Using Active Learning Techniques
- Promoting Higher Order Thinking
- Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning
To experience a course module, visit ACUE’s website to tour a module on Providing Useful Feedback.
To catch a glimpse of what ACUE is all about, check out this video: With Great Teaching, Students Succeed.
A quote in the video sums ACUE up well:
“We have one simple mission here: and that’s to see each of the students learn and do well. Everything we do is guided towards that goal.”
The students are the most important members of our campus community. The best thing we can do is provide you, the faculty – those that have the greatest impact on our students – with the best possible resources to serve our students.
Soon, we as a campus will have an opportunity to dive into the ACUE course in effective teaching practices. I hope you will consider taking part!