ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practices

The Center for Teaching Excellence is excited to offer Bryant faculty a new opportunity, designed to enhance Bryant’s commitment to Teaching Excellence. We are partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the Course in Effective Teaching Practices to a limited number of faculty participants. The Course is the first designed for higher education faculty that leads to a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). In addition to receiving the Certificate, faculty who complete the Course will be eligible to receive three graduate credits, issued by ACE’s accrediting body and will be recognized as “Provost’s Teaching Fellows”.

The Course consists of 25 modules that include teaching techniques for both face-to-face and online instruction from the following five units of study: Designing an Effective Course and Class, Establishing a Productive Learning Environment, Using Active Learning Techniques, Promoting Higher Order Thinking, and Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning. Course-takers complete the modules online working synchronously with a cohort of other Bryant faculty and with continuous facilitation from Ed Kairiss, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. You can learn more about the Course and the content of each module here: https://acue.org/?acue_courses=acues-effective-practice-framework/. A typical module involves video material from Higher Ed educators and scholars, readings to engage with evidence-based pedagogical practices, discussion boards among participants, and regular written reflections that receive feedback and commentary. On the average, faculty will devote 90 minutes/module for the duration of the course, which will also be punctuated by in person face to face activities on our Bryant campus.

ACUE and Bryant will kick off the program with an in-person Course launch early Spring term 2020, and the course will extend through the Fall semester 2020. The actual pace and timing of the 25 modules will be designed to accommodate and respect the Bryant academic cycle and the cohort’s preferences for overall pace.

As faculty progress through the Course, they receive digital badges for each module and unit to demonstrate their success. These digital badges can be displayed on LinkedIn and other social media profiles, used in online teaching portfolios and Faculty Activity Reports, and displayed on webpages as a sign of their achievement. At the end of this course, a pinning ceremony will be held, at which course completers will receive their Certificates in Effective College Instruction, ACUE pins, and a transcript of modules completed.

We hope that you all will consider participating in this opportunity. Provost Sulmasy and Deans Annavarjula and Martin enthusiastically support this initiative and look forward to recognizing participants at the end of the course.

This opportunity is available to all full-time Bryant faculty as well as adjunct faculty who have been teaching at Bryant for three or more consecutive academic years. To indicate your interest in the ACUE program, please email cte@bryant.edu and we will be in touch.