ACUE Online Teaching Practices Certificate

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American Council on Education

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020, 6pm

Acceptance Notification: September 11, 2020

Cohort Launch Date: Week of September 21st, 2020

As part of the CSU-wide initiative in support of student success, faculty at eight CSU campuses, including SF State, have been invited to complete a 25-week course in Effective Online Teaching Practices to learn and further develop instructional skills shown to improve student achievement and close equity gaps. 

What compensation can faculty expect?

In addition to the $1,200 fee waiver for the course, faculty who are selected to participate, and who complete the course requirements, will receive a $1,000 stipend (awarded by ACUE and the Chancellor's Office), and a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction that is co-endorsed by Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE). 

How is this funded?

CEETL’s ability to fund and facilitate two 30-person cohorts at SF State has been made possible by a National Association of System Heads (NASH) grant that the Chancellor's Office secured, and is part of a research study which investigates the impact of adopting scaled faculty development programming at a system-wide level. Although the course content is timely, given our move to online instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding source is independent from the CARES-2 allocation that CEETL has used to support our Summer and Fall 2020 pedagogies for inclusive excellence offerings. It is unknown if continued funding for this ACUE course will be available after this AY 2020-21 cohort.

Why SF State?

ACUE affirms that their course is based on more than three decades of research that shows effective teaching improves learning for all students. According to the independently validated research that they cite in their materials, students, particularly those who are underserved, are more engaged, learn more, and complete courses in greater numbers when taught by ACUE-credentialed faculty. At SF State, we are interested in learning more about these results, and also how we can contribute our deep expertise in pedagogies for inclusive excellence to these national discussions.

View ACUE's video announcement for this course: 



Program Details

What is the time commitment?

This is a year-long program (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) with a targeted start date of September 14, 2020. Faculty participants will need to commit to dedicating 3 hours a week, over an extended period of 25 weeks.

Who should apply?

Faculty who are interested in joining their colleagues in an iterative process of taking their teaching to the next level; thus, there is value for both the novice instructor but also the long-time experienced faculty member interested in finding more joy and inspiration in their craft of teaching. Lecturer Faculty and Tenured/Tenure Track faculty actively teaching a course in both Fall and Spring semesters are welcome to apply, though preference will be given to faculty teaching courses offered to all first time freshmen (Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Written Composition, Quantitative Reasoning), courses designated as First Year Experience Seminars, or faculty teaching courses with historically high DFW rates.

What are the program goals?

In this program you will learn about and implement new evidence-based teaching practices. The unique part of this program is that it will demonstrate how to apply each teaching practice in both an online and face-to-face environment. Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE’s program address over 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning strategies, promote higher order thinking and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning. 

Topics include:

  1. Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online & Face-to-Face Learning Environment: Embracing Diversity; Checking for Student Understanding; Providing Useful Feedback; Helping Students Persist; Engaging Underprepared Students; Promoting Learning Environments
  2. Promoting Active Online & Face-to-Face Learning: Developing Effective Modules and Microlectures; Teaching Powerful Note-taking; Using Groups to Ensure Active Learning; Using the Active Learning Cycle; Planning Effective Discussions; Facilitating Engaging Discussions
  3. Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners: Motivating Students; Providing Clear Directions and Explanations; Integrating Visualization Tools; Using Data and Feedback to Improve Teaching; Using Advanced Questioning; Self-Directed Learners; 
  4. Designing Student-Centered Online & Face-to-Face Courses: Establishing Powerful Learning Outcomes; Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes; Developing Fair, Consistent, and Transparent Grading Practices; Developing and Using Rubrics and Checklists; Preparing an Effective Syllabus

How do I apply?

The application period has now closed.