Baker University continues its partnership with the Association of College and University Educators, or ACUE, to provide faculty with the tools and resources to implement effective teaching practices.

On October 25, 20 faculty members were recognized at a pinning ceremony for earning their Certificate in Effective Instruction, coendorsed by ACUE and the American Council on Education.

To earn a certificate, faculty members completed an evidence-based, 25-module course that required them to learn about and implement new teaching practices in their courses and reflect on the experience. ACUE’s courses cover a wide range of subjects, including how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active-learning techniques, and promote higher-order thinking.

The partnership first began in August 2017. Since then, 43 faculty members at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the School of Education have earned certificates. For Molly Smith, who teaches written communication and literature courses, the program has offered new teaching techniques and activities.

“ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices reminded me of the deep connection between quality instruction and student success,” Smith said. “Taking the course gave me the opportunity to reflect on how I teach and try out new activities and techniques in the classroom. It was a tremendous learning experience for me, and I hope that my students have seen the benefits of my participation.”

Dr. Katie Uhlenhake, assistant dean for the School of Education and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, said the partnership with ACUE has set Baker’s faculty apart.

“The skills and knowledge our faculty gains from ACUE will make a direct impact on their classroom and their students’ experience,” she said. “The dedication of Baker’s faculty to lifelong learning and improvement is what sets us apart and ensures our students get the most out of their courses.”

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