Institutional Microcredential Courses

In collaboration with our institutional partners, ACUE offers shorter, microcredential options in effective teaching practices and effective online teaching practices. Faculty who complete all microcredentials earn the full ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). ACUE-credentialed faculty can return to complete microcredentials to earn an Advanced Certificate in Effective College Instruction. Each of the microcredential courses is available in Effective Teaching Practices and Effective Online Teaching Practices.

Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

Learn how to engage underprepared students, embrace diversity in your classroom, provide useful feedback and more. This course is foundational in teaching you practices that 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.


Effective Teaching Practices

  • Leading the First Day of Class
  • Promoting a Civil Learning Environment
  • Engaging Underprepared Students
  • Helping Students Persist in Their Studies
  • Embracing Diversity in Your Classroom
  • Checking for Student Understanding
  • Providing Useful Feedback

Effective Online Teaching Practices

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

Promoting Active Learning

Gain proven practices in using active learning, planning and facilitating discussions, and more. This course will provide you with practices proven to more actively engage your students in learning and thinking critically.


Effective Teaching Practices

  • Developing Effective Class Sessions and Lectures
  • Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Skills
  • Using Groups to Ensure Active Learning
  • Using the Active Learning Cycle
  • Planning Effective Class Discussions
  • Facilitating Engaging Class Discussions

Effective Online Teaching Practices

  • Developing Effective Modules and Microlectures
  • Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Online
  • Using Groups to Ensure Active Online Learning
  • Using the Active Learning Cycle in Online Courses
  • Planning Effective Online Discussions
  • Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions

Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners

Hone your ability to motivate your students, provide clarity of expectations, develop self-directed learners, and more. This course addresses practices from motivating students to using visualization tools that deepen learning and help students take greater ownership for their own learning.


Effective Teaching Practices

  • Motivating Your Students
  • Providing Clear Directions and Explanations
  • Using Concept Maps and Other Visualization Tools
  • Using Student Achievement and Feedback to Improve Your Teaching
  • Using Advanced Questioning Techniques
  • Developing Self-Directed Learners

Effective Online Teaching Practices

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

Designing Student-Centered Courses

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 first day that ensures students are prepared to start strong. This course addresses the pedagogical approaches, as well as some technical basics, to help you design a course and course materials that support student success.


Effective Teaching Practices and Effective Online Teaching Practices

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

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