Association of College and University Educators (ACUE):

Great teaching is at the heart of student success. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning partnered with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to provide a targeted initiative aimed at providing support for faculty to learn about and apply proven teaching techniques.  The goal of these courses is to prepare college instructors to use research-based techniques that help students succeed. Faculty will participate in 8-week courses with a cohort of colleagues from CU Denver.  Knowledgeable CETL Faculty Fellows will facilitate the online course and will structure a faculty teaching community to provide wrap-around support, an essential element of this program.​

Faculty who complete the requirements for each course earn a micro-credential. Faculty who complete all four micro-credentials within each track earn the full ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction or Effective Online College Instruction. The micro-credentials are nationally recognized and endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Faculty who complete the requirements for both of the tracks, the Effective Teaching Practices course, and the Effective Online Teaching Practices course, can earn an Advanced Certificate in Effective College Instruction.

Who is ACUE for?

  • Faculty who love teaching and want to enhance their work
  • Faculty who struggle with teaching and want to improve
  • Junior faculty who are new to teaching
  • Senior faculty who want to renew their teaching practice
  • Mid-career faculty who are looking to perfect their teaching
  • Faculty who teach large, challenging introductory courses
  • Faculty who want to see their students succeed
  • Tenured, Tenure-track, IRC Faculty
  • Note: we will consider applications from Lecturers in consultation with their Chair
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What ACUE Mircocredentials do we offer?

Inspiring Inquiry And Preparing Lifelong Learners - Launches August 20th

Hone in on your ability to motivate your students, provide clarity of expectations, develop self-directed learners, and more—in both the classroom and online learning environment.

Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners addresses practices from motivating students to using visualization tools that deepen learning and help students take greater ownership of their own learning.

This course is organized around six competencies and takes approximately eight weeks to complete. You will learn with a cohort of CU Denver faculty members, co-facilitated by CU Denver CETL faculty fellows, with whom you will share insights, ideas, and be guided toward examining your own current practices, and offered examples of classroom implementation

  • Motivating Your Students
  • Providing Clear Directions and Explanations in Your Courses
  • Integrating Visualization Tool
  • Using Data and Feedback to Improve Teaching
  • Using Advanced Questioning
  • Developing Self-Directed Learners

Value: $600 – if accepted to participate, this course tuition will be paid by the CETL

Applications closed for fall 2021.

Promoting Active Learning- Launches August 20th


Learn proven active learning techniques to engage students, plan and facilitate discussions, and more—in both the classroom and online learning environment.

Promoting Active Learning will provide you with practices to more actively engage your students in varied learning formats including small- and large-group activities, discussions, and micro-lectures.

This course is an ideal way to expand the impact of technology and instructional support offices and promote effective instruction that leads to stronger student outcomes.

This course is organized around six competencies and takes approximately eight weeks to complete. You will learn with a cohort of CU Denver faculty members, co-facilitated by CU Denver CETL faculty fellows, with whom you will share insights, ideas, and be guided toward examining your own current practices, and offered examples of classroom implementation

  • Developing Effective Modules and Micro lectures
  • Teaching Powerful Note-taking
  • Using Groups to Ensure Active Learning
  • Using the Active Learning Cycle in Courses
  • Planning Effective Discussions
  • Facilitating Engaging Discussions

Value: $600 – if accepted to participate, this course tuition will be paid by the CETL


Application Deadline Closed. Please email CETL@ucdenver.edu if you are still interested or have any questions

 

Creating An Inclusive And Supportive Learning Environment - Application closed

Learn how to engage underprepared students, embrace diversity in your classroom, provide useful feedback, and more—in both the classroom and online learning environment.

Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment will provide you with practices to enable you to create an optimal environment to support learning—including how to increase student engagement, embrace diversity and help students persist in meeting academic challenges.

This course is organized around six competencies and takes approximately eight weeks to complete. You will learn with a cohort of CU Denver faculty members, co-facilitated by CU Denver CETL faculty fellows, with whom you will share insights, ideas, and be guided toward examining your own current practices, and offered examples of classroom implementation

  • Welcoming Students to Learning
  • Promoting Civil Learning
  • Engaging Underprepared Students
  • Helping Students Persist
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Checking for Student Understanding
  • Providing Useful Feedback

Value: $600 – if accepted to participate, this course tuition will be paid by the CETL


Please check back for Spring 2022!

Designing Student-Centered Courses 

- Application closed


Learn evidence-based practices for designing powerful learning outcomes, aligning all aspects of your course to support students in meeting those outcomes, and planning a course introduction and welcome that ensures students are prepared to start strong in your course.

Designing Student-Centered Courses addresses the pedagogical approaches, as well as some technical basics, to help you design your course and course materials that support student success. Please note that this is the same course as the micro-credential course entitled, Designing Student-Centered Courses. The course materials cover both in-classroom and online course design.

This course is organized around six competencies and takes approximately eight weeks to complete. You will learn with a cohort of CU Denver faculty members, co-facilitated by CU Denver CETL faculty fellows, with whom you will share insights, ideas, and be guided toward examining your own current practices, and offered examples of classroom implementation

  • Establishing Powerful Learning Outcomes
  • Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes
  • Aligning Activities and Assignments with Course Outcomes
  • Developing Fair, Consistent, and Transparent Grading
  • PracticesDeveloping and Using Rubrics and Checklists
  • Preparing an Effective Syllabus

Value: $600 – if accepted to participate, this course tuition will be paid by the CETL


Please check back for Spring 2022!

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