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January 30, 2020 

Taking Teaching to the Next Level in Toronto

Dr. Carol Rolheiser is clear: her passion for teaching is at the core of her professional work. A professor with the University of Toronto’s Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Dr. Rolheiser also serves as the university’s director of the Center for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). ACUE recently spoke with Dr. Rolheiser and her colleague Megan Burnett, associate director of the CTSI.
After looking for a faculty development experience that Rolheiser says would “support the building of teaching culture across the University of Toronto,” they found ACUE. They launched the Effective Teaching Practices course with 45 faculty members in mid-2019.
The duo’s insights several months into the experience? Watch Rolheiser and Burnett reflect on their first ACUE cohort implementation and how it's enabled them to scale their work.

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Creating Value: Improving Instruction and Student Outcomes with Career Guidance

When Gallup found that only 28% of liberal arts majors felt confident they would be ready for workplace success, ACUE and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) resolved to take action. Together and with support from Strada Education Network, ACUE and CIC set out to better prepare faculty to teach with evidence-based approaches and methods that improve learning and develop career-necessary skills.

Through the Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, 450 faculty members across 26 CIC member institutions were credentialed in Effective College Instruction.

The results? Ninety-five percent of faculty found the experience relevant, and a large percentage of the 60,000 students taught by participating faculty reported learning career-related skills. 

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Teacher Becomes the Student at Touro University

Darcie Larimore-Arenas, PA-C is an assistant professor for the Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health Degree Program at Touro University California. In this piece, Professor Larimore-Arenas describes the unexpected challenges she encountered transitioning from her clinical and K-8 teaching background to the university classroom

“I struggled to find my way in a variety of important areas, including curriculum development, syllabus creation, testing, and effective use of class time." Larimore-Arenas said.

"The ACUE course has been a game-changer for me.

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News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

The Productive Online and Offline Professor
On episode 117 of the Tea for Teaching podcast, Bonni Stachowiak joins John Kane and Rebecca Mushtare to discuss how instructors can productively manage their responsibilities. She cites learning how to say “no” and creating systems, such as task lists, as two important strategies. She also suggests prioritizing certain important areas, including developing effective ways of delivering feedback to students. (Tea of Teaching)

The Imperative to Improve College Learning
In a recent issue of Daedalus, Michael McPherson and Sandy Baum opine that higher ed must prioritize the quality of teaching and learning that takes place. In essays in the collection, learning experts such as Harry Brighouse describe the need for more attention to be focused on improving instruction through methods like better incentives and peer coaching. (Inside Higher Ed)

Education Pays 2019
According to the latest iteration of this annual report, the average lifetime earnings for people who have attained bachelor’s degrees greatly exceed those whose highest level of educational attainment is a high school diploma. Moreover, a college education increases the odds of individuals moving up the socioeconomic ladder and is associated with a healthier lifestyle. (The College Board
Curricular/Co-Curricular Connections ... Finding the 'And' that Benefits Students' Future Careers
Many institutions are providing options for students to explore connections between their co-curricular interests and academic studies to better prepare them for careers. In this interview, Beloit College’s Pam McQuesten discusses the college’s “Channels” initiative, which offers support for finding these connections. For example, students can access a professional advising and networking group including alumni and community members who share their life experiences. (Campus Technology)
Rethinking Remedial Education: New Study Shows College Students Did Better in ‘Corequisite’ Courses Built Around Extra Instruction and Support
In an analysis of corequisite courses, Florence Xiaotao Ran and Yuxin Lin found evidence that these courses can improve student outcomes in gateway courses. However, the researchers note that beyond gateway courses, colleges must continue to provide support to help students persist through graduation. (The 74 Million)
Ditching the Syllabus Monologue
On the first day of class, Traci Levy has students work together in groups to complete a worksheet about the course syllabus. Students must look up required readings to assess whether the text is necessary for the course, among other challenges. Through this activity, students get to know each other and learn about what the class will be like, according to Levy. (Inside Higher Ed)
How Universities Must Adapt to Train Future Leaders
According to Knut Haanaes, as education evolves in the coming years, higher education institutions must adapt in several key ways. For example, they must incorporate technology, teaching students how to experiment with and apply new innovations. They must also create more action-based learning models to allow students to look at and grapple with real-life problems. (World Economic Forum)
Report: Colleges Must Teach ‘Algorithm Literacy’ to Help Students Navigate the Internet
A study conducted by Project Information Literacy found that students are skeptical of tools intended to track their digital activity to target them with advertisements and other content. However, both students and some faculty seemed largely unaware of the use of data collection and algorithms in education. The authors of the report conclude that faculty should focus on teaching algorithm literacy, given the current information landscape. (EdSurge)

Recommended Read

Making Learning-Centered Teaching Work: Practical Strategies for Implementation
By Phyllis Blumberg 
(Stylus Publishing, 2019)

This easy-to-follow guide provides faculty with both a thorough introduction to this teaching approach and practical guidance on how to implement it to strengthen the impact of their teaching. The book demonstrates ways through which all faculty can integrate learning-centered teaching.
  • Adaptable implementation examples across disciplines and course types
  • Worksheets that foster easy implementation of concepts
  • Rubrics for self- and peer-assessment of learning-centered teaching
  • Detailed directions on how to use the rubrics as a teaching assessment tool for individuals, courses, and programs
  • A list of examples of use classified by discipline and type of course
Phyllis Blumberg is an expert consultant for ACUE’s module on Developing and Using Rubrics and Checklists

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January ACUE course launch at Hudson County Community College
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