ACUE - Effective Teaching Practices Course

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce a partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). In coordination with CCRI Instructional Design, ACUE will offer the ACUE Effective Teaching Practices blended course to CCRI faculty as part of faculty professional development.

About the Effective Teaching Practices Course

The Course prepares you to implement essential practices shown to improve student outcomes by showcasing exemplary teaching on campuses nationwide and featuring interviews with leading experts in college instruction. Each module introduces a specific topic and evidence-based technique to try out immediately and ends with a reflection on that technique. There are 29 online modules from the following five themes.

  • 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.

The Course is the first course designed for higher education faculty that leads to a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).  A recent study from Johns Hopkins University speaks to the impact of this program at Miami-Dade College where student evaluations were higher and faculty confidence and effectiveness were increased.

About ACUE

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The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. In partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, ACUE supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. Faculty members who complete ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices earn a Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts, and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning. To learn more, visit

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Karen Bellnier, 401-825-1033, or KN 4220.

Last Updated: 4/26/19