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September 10, 2020
A New Focus on Pedagogy—For the Pandemic and Beyond

CUNY logo"Like universities across the country, CUNY has worked intensely these past six months to keep our students on track for graduation despite the unprecedented obstacles of the pandemic. It’s the technical challenges of teaching and learning from a distance that get most of the attention, but we are just as focused on helping our faculty become more effective teachers — and our students, better learners — in ways that have nothing to do with laptops, digital platforms or video conference apps," wrote City University of New York Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez in an op-ed published in community papers across New York City.

With a focus on professional development efforts that help faculty improve student engagement and foster inclusive, supportive online learning environments, Rodríguez highlighted CUNY's partnership with ACUE.

“For starters, we are teaming with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the National Association of System Heads (NASH) on a 25-week program in which 300 faculty from CUNY senior colleges will be trained in practices that improve student achievement and close equity gaps. This fall, another 420 faculty will be trained and credentialed in online teaching methods that focus on areas such as creating an inclusive learning environment, inspiring inquiry and designing learner-centered courses.”

Read the full op-ed

Three Strategies to Prepare for the Unexpected

headshot of Carmen MacharaswiliThe sudden move to online teaching last spring was frenzied and stressful for educators and students. Here are a few tips to help you avoid an emergency remote learning move again.

"Yes, the 2020-2021 academic year will be full of uncertainties. It will also be full of opportunities," writes Carmen Macharaschwili, PhD, a regional director of academic programs at ACUE.

In a post on the OpenStax blog, Macharaschwili outlines three techniques faculty can implement to prepare for the unexpected:

1. Know that less is more
2. Be comfortable and creative
3. Be kind

Read about the strategies

Video: College of Lake County Celebrates Teaching Excellence

screenshot of video from youtubeIt didn’t take long to see something special in the faculty cohort that launched ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices at the College of Lake County (CLC). 

“The level of collaboration, and even vulnerability and transparency, that this group of faculty had with each other just demonstrated to me how much they wanted to learn and help our students succeed,” said Kari Proft, an ACUE-credentialed instructor at CLC and co-facilitator for the ACUE course at CLC.

In recent weeks, these educators reflected on the unique learning experience in a video, celebrated their accomplishments in a virtual graduation ceremony, and offered welcoming words of wisdom to the 2020-2021 faculty cohort. 

Watch the video

Back to Class: Note-Taking Skills

In a series of "Back to Class" posts, Laurie Pendleton, ACUE's executive director of curriculum and assessment, shares resources to use with students — whether in a classroom or a virtual learning environment — to support deeper engagement and learning.

Laurie PendletonIn this post, learn how to help students take better notes — and actually use them. According to Brown, Roediger, & McDaniel (2014), getting new learning into your long-term memory is a three-step process:

1. Encoding of information
2. Consolidation
3. Retrieval

We invite you to read the full post and download the planning guide.

Read the full post

Key Insights: A Conversation with Broward Provost Marielena DeSanctis

Marie DeSanctisMarielena DeSanctis, PhD, college provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and student services at Broward College, recently spoke with the American Council on Education (ACE) on the ACE Engage platform about the impact of faculty development on equity and student success. 

There probably hasn’t been anything more impactful than our implementation of ACUE’s Effective Teaching Practices," says DeSanctis. 

The data support the positive impact of ACUE. Research into Broward’s work found that course completion gaps were closed for Black students and course-passing gaps were closed for Pell-eligible students taught by ACUE-credentialed faculty.

Watch the video
Application Deadline Reminder
Join the more than 10,000 faculty who have learned to implement evidence-based teaching practices proven to improve student achievement and close equity gaps. Enroll in a 6-week microcredential course with ACUE. 

Still enrolling for September:

September 19: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

September 19: Promoting Active Learning Online
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Teaching in Higher: Helping Students to Thrive

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On episode #322 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, Bonni Stachowiak talks to Dr. Shauntae Brown White, an ACUE-credentialed professor at North Carolina Central University, about student voice and choice. 

Listen to the podcast
Partner News
University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Thirty-seven UW-Parkside instructors representing 18 different disciplines/programs and ranging from full professors to associate lecturers, are enrolled in ACUE courses in effective online instruction. (The Journal Times)

Vance-Granville Community College: VGCC announced it will enroll 75 faculty in ACUE microcredential courses to advance student success and equitable outcomes. (Vance-Granville Community College News)

Gordon State College: Eight faculty earned a microcredential in Promoting Active Learning Online as part of the college's commitment to prepare faculty to deliver quality online instruction. (Jackson Progress-Argus)

Sante Fe College: President Paul Broadie II, PhD, recognized faculty during the college's fall convocation. Among those acknowledged was Mark House, an ACUE-credentialed faculty member who also instituted an ePortfolio program for students to maintain their own academic records. (Today @ Sante Fe)

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Thoughts on Creating an Inclusive Environment in Online Classes
“We have failed in our responsibility to promote the core values we express as a society, most notably inclusion and equity,” Ray Schroeder writes. “The time to renew our commitment is today.” According to Schroeder, this must start with senior leaders, who have opportunities to make a difference through means like developing a comfortable atmosphere where all students’ views are included, as per Flower Darby’s advice for promoting inclusivity. (Inside Higher Ed)

Time to Re-Engineer Higher Ed for Working Students
Eric Bing notes that even before the pandemic, higher education struggled to meet students’ needs. The shift to online education has proven colleges can move more quickly than expected, so they should focus on quality and design, he writes, listing small steps institutions can take, such as implementing one active learning technique, like a well-designed online discussion. (Real Clear Education)
Some Colleges Planned Early for an Online Fall. Here's What They Learned.
Institutions that decided early on that classes would be online got a head start on planning for the fall. Vikki Katz and Amy Jordan of Rutgers University, for example, surveyed undergraduates across the country about their remote learning experiences and found many students were overwhelmed. Katz suggests that faculty be consistent about due dates and where they post assignments, as well as implement small-group discussions. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Equity at the 'Heart of Everything'
In a webinar, California community college system leaders discussed the challenges with and opportunities for improving equity. Eloy Ortiz Oakley noted that two-year colleges are uniquely positioned to help their communities prepare for the changing workforce. According to Marty Alvarado, many colleges were able to pool resources and pivot quickly to remote learning, as well as address their students’ most pressing needs. (Community College Daily)
Pedagogy and Course Design Need to Change. Here's How.
As the student body changes, so too are the needs and goals of education, according to Steve Mintz. He advocates learning-centered approaches that have real-world applications to accommodate shifting student expectations, changing demographics, increased diversity, and differences in the world of work. He offers 14 ideas, including collaborative and cooperative learning, in which students work together to solve problems or complete tasks. (Higher Ed Gamma)
Welcome to ACUE!
We are excited to welcome our newest institutional members: Black Hawk College, Florida Gateway CollegeUniversity of Texas San Antonio and the North Carolina Community College System. We look forward to working with you to credential your faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement and learning!
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