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September 24, 2020

Inclusive Online Teaching Webinar Series

Inclusive Online Teaching webinarsEffective teaching is inclusive teaching.

When faculty implement evidence-based teaching practices, they can create inclusive learning environments that promote equity.
Join us for a series of engaging virtual discussions about inclusive online teaching.

Throughout the series, featured faculty will share practical inclusive teaching approaches that can be immediately put to use to embrace diversity and lead to more equitable student achievement.

Featured faculty include Michael Benitez, Jr., José Antonio Bowen, Santiba Campbell, Kelly Hogan, Darvelle Hutchins, Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, Viji Sathy, and Farrah Ward.

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ACUE Course Taker and Snoop Dogg Remind Students to Read Syllabus

screenshot of video from youtubeLast month, Benny Ng, PhD was looking for material to welcome his new students to Chem 60 at Los Angeles Pierce College. Ng, also an instructor at California State University Channel Islands, recently started ACUE’s course in Effective Online Teaching Practices and completed the first module, Welcoming Student to Online Learning. He wanted to create a lighthearted welcome video to assuage his students’ fears about online learning—and encourage them to read the syllabus.

After securing permission, Ng used a clip of Snoop Dogg he found on social media to create a welcome video that caught his students’ attention—and went viral.

Students often tell me that online learning feels like they are working alone in the dark,” said Ng, whose video has racked up over 10 million views. "I want to create a safe and inclusive online learning environment so that students become more willing to participate in class.”

We talked with Ng about the video and his work as a teacher.

View the interview and video

Conversation on Student Success: CUNY

Chancellor Félix V. Matos RodríguezJoin Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university, for a “A Conversation on Student Success: Innovative Teaching for Success," Friday, October 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET on ACE Engage.

Dr. Rodríguez will be joined by Sherri Hughes, assistant vice president of Professional Development at ACE, to discuss quality teaching as a key priority at CUNY for supporting faculty and keeping students on track for graduation during extraordinary times.

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Making a Difference at Mizzou

headshot of Amy LanninAmy Lannon, PhD, director of the Campus Writing Program, associate professor in English education and ACUE facilitator at the University of Missouri (Mizzou), recounts the impact she observed of one faculty member's journey to becoming ACUE-credentialed. 

"Meet Dr. Eric Parsons, associate teaching professor in the Economics Department and instructor of a large introductory course. Dr. Parsons was involved in the first ACUE cohort at the Mizzou, and I was one of three campus facilitators. One professor particularly stood out to me as being open to trying these things: Dr. Parsons."

"The irony was that my son, a first-year student, was enrolled in Dr. Parson’s large-enrollment economics course. It seemed as if I had a front row seat and a backstage pass in a teaching and learning performance."

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Inclusive Public Speaking: A Contemporary Approach to Teaching Communication

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa Headshot"Inclusive teaching means looking at all aspects of instruction and course design through an inclusive lens, from redesigning your syllabi to realigning course content, to the diversity of our examples, creating assessments, and grading," said Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, PhD, associate professor of communication studies and the director of oral communication at California State University, Los Angeles.

In this blog post, Ruiz-Mesa writes about the particular importance of inclusive teaching in public speaking and strategic communications courses.

"In inclusive public speaking, we frame communication as a strategic endeavor. This approach trains students to make conscious choices about how they interact with the world. "

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Application Deadline Reminder
"I thought ACUE offered the most practical and easy to implement suggestions and recommendations to improve teaching strategies," wrote one recent faculty course taker.

Join the more than 13,500 faculty learning to implement evidence-based teaching practices proven to improve student achievement and close equity gaps.

Enroll in a 6-week microcredential course

October 3: Promoting Active Learning

October 23: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment

October 24: Designing Student-Centered Courses
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Teaching in Higher Ed: Creatively Teaching Biology

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On episode #326 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, Bonni Stachowiak talks to Lisa Burgess, Idelisa Ayala and Vanessa Hormann, ACUE-credentialed faculty members at Broward College, about teaching creatively.

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Partner News
OpenStax: Congratulations to OpenStax, which is working toward a goal of ensuring that no student ever has to worry about textbook costs again by expanding its library of free textbooks, a result of new grants totaling $12.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation and the Stand Together community. (Inside Higher Ed)

Northern Illinois University: As part of a new initiative to support innovative pedagogy, 31 faculty members at NIU are participating in an Association of College and University Educators’ (ACUE) course on effective teaching. (NIU Today)

Nevada State College: To best serve its students, Nevada State College continues its commitment in providing its faculty professional development programs to enhance their online instruction through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Effective Online Teaching program. (Nevada Business)

Union County College: In its 2020 annual report, Union County College highlighted its partnership with ACUE (see image below).
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News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

How the Pandemic Is Pushing Professors to Improve Their Pedagogy
Because of the pandemic, many instructors were forced to rethink the way they teach, from giving more authentic assignments to determining the essential material students need to learn. At Georgia State, for example, online ambassadors helped faculty adjust, meeting in groups to share and discuss teaching approaches. Many instructors found that having to pivot stretched them in their teaching. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

College Is About Community, Not Just Courses. That's a Challenge For Faculty This Fall.
When she began teaching at a large state university, Rebecca Barrett-Fox soon learned that students’ reasons for joining her classes were varied, from meeting their career goals to having fun, to delaying traditional adulthood. But the pandemic threatened those reasons, and students lost many of their connections to campus. According to Barrett-Fox, faculty must figure out how to help students see themselves as members of a community. (EdSurge)
Community Colleges Are in the Spotlight—Again
In a conversation with the presidents of three community colleges about the impact of COVID, Goldie Blumenstyk identified five themes that emerged: smoother transfer pathways are more essential, colleges must forge better relationships with elementary and secondary schools, shorter programs could be more useful, connections with employers are more critical, and community colleges must double down on the community aspect of their roles. (The Edge
Why I'm Teaching Online
Although he previously eschewed online teaching, Christopher Schaberg, like other faculty, now finds himself teaching solely online — and he’s embracing the format. In fact, he’s now an advocate of it, given that it’s safe and temporary. Schaberg also opines that it’s an opportunity to learn new pedagogical methods, embrace digital tools like communication and collaborative platforms, and connect with the larger community. (Inside Higher Ed)
Voices First, Faces Second: Beyond the Tweet
There are some benefits to letting students keep the camera off in Zoom classes, Maha Bali writes, such as encouraging instructors to focus on what students are saying rather than their faces and prompting students who aren’t comfortable participating in person to speak up. She suggests other ways of getting to know students, such as small-group activities with the option of keeping the camera on. (Reflecting Allowed)
How Education Can Better Prepare Students for the Workplace
Education and training programs haven’t kept up with the skills necessary for today’s workplace, Robert Jones writes, and the current situation has only exacerbated this crisis. Employers, he notes, are seeking “agile talent,” especially as priorities and expectations shift. Jones advises institutions to partner with employers to ensure that the credentials students earn reflect the skills necessary for the workplace, as well as include faculty in the conversation and provide space for innovation. (Real Clear Policy)
Welcome to ACUE!
The ACUE team is growing! We welcome Angelina Iturrian, PhD, Theo Pippins, and Jason Veytsman to the team.

We are excited to welcome our newest institutional partners: Bay Area Community College Consortium and Reynolds Community College. We look forward to working with you to prepare and credential your faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that lead to student success!
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