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July 23, 2020

Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit

By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty create learning environments where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to achieve at high levels.

To support instructors in creating inclusive learning environments, ACUE is excited to introduce a set of free resources—including videos and downloadable planning guides—that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These practices are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom.

Discover the toolkit
Resilient Faculty: Norfolk State University

On Thursday mornings this summer, you’ll find 60 faculty from Norfolk State University (NSU), a public, historically Black university, engaged in a lively Zoom meeting—sharing their experiences implementing new online teaching strategies they learned the week before. 

Learn how Dr. Rhonda Fitzgerald and her colleagues Dr. Cynthia Nicholson, Dr. Berkley N. King, Jr., and Dr. Nicole Kyser are building community through “Talk It Through Thursdays.” During these virtual gatherings, faculty discuss course content and how they’re implementing ACUE’s evidence-based teaching practices in their classes. Additionally, they use these meetings to encourage one another by handing out virtual “trophies” to faculty participants who are taking risks and putting in exceptional effort.

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Conversations on Student Success

Join higher education leaders, ACUE, and the American Council on Education (ACE) for two upcoming Conversations on Student Success.

Friday, July 24 at 1p.m. EDT
Rebecca Karoff, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Texas System will join ACUE CEO Susan Cates for a conversation on Meeting Student Success Goals During a Crisis.

Friday, July 31 at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Marielena DeSanctis, college provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and student services at Broward College will join Sherri Hughes, ACE assistant vice president of professional learning for a conversation on Supporting Students Through Faculty Professional Development.
Learn more about the conversations
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August 1: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

August 1: Promoting Active Learning

August 1Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners

August 22: Inspiring Inquiry and Lifelong Learning in Your Online Course

August 22: Designing Student-Centered Courses
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Partner News
IUPUI: Congratulations to the newest cohort of Indiana University faculty who were selected to participate in ACUE's Effective Teaching Practices course. (News at IUPUI)

City University of New York (CUNY): 320 faculty are expected to complete the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Effective Online Teaching program during Fall 2020 as a result of a partnership with the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and an additional 420 faculty will participate in the ACUE micro credentials programs with an emphasis on online teaching. (CUNY Campus News)

California State University System (CSU): In preparation for vibrant virtual fall learning, faculty across the CSU's 23 campuses are engaging in a variety of professional development programs to strengthen their online instruction skills and build a community of fellow faculty learners. Eight campuses across the system will participate in ACUE's Effective Online Teaching Practices course. (News Wise)

College of Lake County: Congratulations to the nearly 60 faculty who recently earned their Certificate in Effective College Instruction. These faculty members across departments and disciplines will continue to transform student experiences in the classroom. (CLC College News)

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Making Online Learning Active
Online learning offers some advantages to in-person classes, Steven Mintz writes, noting, for instance, how faculty can survey students to learn about their background knowledge, their interests, and the content they find interesting or confusing. He suggests framing it as a way to “radically reimagine” courses, offering ideas like having students collaborate on documents and presentations through tools like Google Jamboard and role-play characters and actors. (Higher Ed Gamma)

Yes, Your Zoom Teaching Can Be First-Rate
While many find Zoom to be a “poor substitute” for classroom teaching, Stephen Hersh, a faculty member and former advertising executive, argues that planning your lessons from the ground up can result in outstanding pedagogy. Among other suggestions, he advises faculty to make use of Zoom rooms to express their ideas and ask questions and vary the rhythm and structure of their lessons, while also polling students about what’s working and what’s not. (Inside Higher Ed)
5 Ways to Connect With Online Students
ACUE expert Flower Darby recommends methods of building connections with students in an online environment. For example, she suggests being flexible whenever possible, such as forgiving late work in light of students’ current obstacles or giving out “oops tokens” that permit students the occasional permission to turn in work late or redo assignments, as advised by Linda B. Nilson. (Vitae)
The Day Rissa Interviewed Me About Equity, Social Justice and Decolonization…
“Diversity is hard work,” Maha Bali says in this interview. She explains how different curriculum structures, educational spaces, and other aspects of instruction don’t fit every learner, and urges instructors to be culturally-responsive in their courses. She also explores how instructors must be equipped with the skills to deviate from their prescribed curriculum depending on their students’ responses and needs. (Reflecting Allowed)
Centering Students' Needs
According to Maximillian Matthews, along with concerns about online learning, faculty needs, student health, and others, the higher education community should also be addressing the vulnerabilities and devastation marginalized students are experiencing because of COVID-19, particularly BIPOC and low-income populations. He urges institutions to gather and incorporate student feedback into preparations and offer additional support to vulnerable students. (Inside Higher Ed)
Should Colleges Rethink Final Exams in the COVID Era? Some Profs Try 'Epic Finales'
This semester, many faculty began wondering how to incorporate finals into their courses. Physics instructor Stephanie Bailey decided to scrap her final exam with physics problems in favor of a community service project. She paired students with senior-living home residents and asked them to explain concepts they learned in the course over Zoom. This is just one example of “epic finales” with which faculty have experimented. (EdSurge)
Welcome, New Partners!
We are excited to welcome our newest institutional members: Providence College, Chattanooga State Community College, Vance Granville Community College, Florida Gateway College, Mayville State University, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, North Carolina Student Success Center, and Texas A&M Texarkana. 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!

*Note: The Q Newsletter is operating on a summer schedule. Stay tuned for our next newsletter coming out on Thursday, August 13.
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