A Message to our Partners

We know this continues to be a challenging time for our higher education partners due to health concerns posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus). We also recognize that a lot is being asked of faculty, many making a quick transition online, so that students can continue to learn.

As always, the ACUE team remains committed to and focused on supporting our partners to ensure students success through quality instruction. We are well prepared to continue fully supporting our partners and delivering our programs virtually.

Helpful Things to Keep in Mind

 

  • Because ACUE courses are online, we hope to create some welcome consistency to the rest of the year by continuing to support our faculty course-takers.
  • Within each ACUE cohort, faculty can share concerns and collaborate on how they’re responding to students’ needs, and we’re encouraging course facilitators to open up this dialogue.
  • We’re working to ensure faculty course-takers can still satisfy ACUE course requirements and earn their teaching certificate, even if they have fewer opportunities to implement recommended practices.
  • Every current course module includes resources for online teaching. These practical approaches can assist faculty who are being asked, on short notice, to finish the semester online.

Preparing to Teach Remotely

 

Our ACUE team is continuously monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) and subsequent conversations across the news and social media. While we’re keeping a close eye on the adapting advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, we’re also talking with our partners. We know that many instructors across the country are being asked to teach remotely, or online, in response to the health concerns posed by the coronavirus.  

To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment, we’re offering a set of free resources — ACUE’s Online Teaching Resources — that can be immediately put to use to make that transition a smoother one for both instructors and their students.  

View New Online Teaching Resources View New Online Webinars

 

The resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching online:

  • Welcoming students to the online environment
  • Managing your online presence
  • Organizing your online course
  • Planning and facilitating quality discussions
  • Recording effective microlectures
  • Engaging students in readings and microlectures

We also welcome any questions you might have about the resources offered here or other instructional challenges you are facing in our discussion forum. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Additional Resources

 

 

Our academic and partnership teams are here to help. 

Thank you for your continued collaboration, and please reach out to us with any specific needs or questions. You may contact your academic director or partnership director, or email us at info@acue.org.

Online Courses for Faculty

Over the past few months, ACUE has been hard at work on a new Effective Online Teaching Practices course. Never did we think the course would have the urgency it does today, and ACUE feels a greater sense of responsibility than ever to help faculty succeed online. We are excited to share that this course is now complete, and available for faculty starting this June. Learn more.

We’re also enrolling for the June 20, 2020 cohort of a new micro-credential, open enrollment course, Promoting Online Active Learning, designed for college instructors of all types. Learn more.

Additional Information

 

As we monitor conversations across the news and social media, we’ve also seen an influx of resources available online. We recognize that combing through pages and pages of advice, resource links and chatter can be daunting. In an effort to make sense of the seemingly endless supply of resources, our team has begun to delve into, identify, and highlight some common themes and best practices. 

 

ACUE Expert Voices

In addition to a set of free resources — ACUE’s Online Teaching Resources — developed to have immediate use and benefit for both instructors and students, our team has curated a selection of expert voices from around the nation.

 

Here’s some guidance from our ACUE-credentialed faculty and experts:

 

A few ACUE partner institution resources:

  • WVU Teaching & Learning Commons not only outlines how its faculty can quickly move courses online, but prominently lists the contact info for the key offices responsible for support.
  • “Request Support”: Santa Clara University’s Office of IT Support page lists contact info for specific issues or topics.
  • ACUE partner institution Cal Poly Pomona walks through course preparation and student interaction, reminding faculty that students will look to them in times of crisis.
  • ACUE institutional partner Sam Houston State University’s eCampus includes an instructional continuity video to walk faculty through the transition.

If your institution has online resources you think the ACUE community would benefit from, please leave us a comment at the bottom of this page, or email us at info@acue.org.

 

Online Tech Tools

As faculty, administrators and students move to a remote learning and work environment, there are countless ways to connect across state lines or time zones. From learning management systems, online meeting and collaboration tools, or video capturing, the possibilities are endless—and it’s worth checking with your institution to determine your options. 

It takes more than technology for great online teaching, and that’s where ACUE focuses our expertise. But, we know many of you are moving your courses online for the first time, or much more quickly than is typical. 

Most institutions have recommendations for technology resources. If yours does not, the following selection represents a sampling of options for leveraging technology while building connectedness. ACUE does not specifically endorse any of these.

 

Function Tool(s) Resources
Learning Management Systems Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace,  Blackboard Basics for Emergencies (Texas Tech)

Keep Teaching with Canvas (Emory University)

Brightspace by D2L tutorials (Gordon State)

Online Meeting Platforms  Zoom

Blackboard Collaborate

Skype

GoToMeeting

Using Zoom for Class Meetings in Canvas (Harvard University)

Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate (Northern Arizona University

 

Online Collaboration 

Slack, Confluence, OneDrive Slack Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning (University of Massachusetts)
Lecture/Video Capture Panopto, Kaltura Use Panopto to Pre-record and Upload Class Sessions (Harvard University)

Recording Your Screen and Webcam Using Kaltura Capture (Indiana University)

 

 

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