In Their Own Words
Molly Corbett Broad
American Council on Education
The first question that ACUE had to answer to deliver significant support to faculty and vest its credential with real meaning was “What should every college educator know about and be able to do to be a successful instructor?” A large literature has emerged over the past decades identifying instructional practices that improve learning (Jankowski, 2017). But it was necessary to pull it all together.
To do so, ACUE partnered with a diverse group of 14 colleges and universities, worked with their teaching centers, held faculty focus groups, and surveyed over 1,000 adjuncts (Hart Research Associates, 2015). Under the leadership of David Steiner, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, ACUE consulted with leading experts and conducted a comprehensive literature review, identifying over 350 relevant citations (Association of College and University Educators, 2016a).
The result is ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework, which is fully aligned with its course. It articulates five major areas of pedagogical practice addressing how to design an effective course and class; establish a productive learning environment; use active learning techniques; promote higher order thinking, and assess to inform instruction and promote learning. Within these five units are 28 discrete topics which present over 200 evidence-based teaching practices.
ACE assessed every component of the framework and course as part of a rigorous quality assurance process through consultation with independent teaching and learning scholars and expert practitioners. Their feedback further enriched ACUE’s program and confirmed that it is comprehensive, evidence based, and of the highest quality.
ACE launched a collaboration with ACUE around our shared goal of expanding the use of effective teaching practices to benefit students, faculty members, and higher education institutions. With ACUE, ACE saw the opportunity to help our institutions enhance student outcomes through effective instruction. ACE invested in ACUE’s success to ensure that our member institutions would have access to a high-quality program and is proud to join with ACUE in this endeavor. We encourage our members to consider how ACUE’s program can enhance student outcomes.
Reprinted with Permission from Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning