ACUE Effective Teaching Practices

Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
a yearlong investment in your academic career

Enroll in Effective Teaching Practices to strengthen your teaching.

Study and practice teaching excellence in a blended learning program that spans the academic year.

1. Weekly online modules

2. Scheduled cohort workshops

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3. Reflection and practice


Application will open spring 2022

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For more information or to let us know if you want to be recruited for ACUE August 2022

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$Free to participants. Costs covered by a generous donor to UNH

The UNH Office of Engagement and Faculty Development with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CEITL) are proud to offer faculty an opportunity to enhance UNH’s commitment to faculty and student success.

Faculty can enroll in the course Effective Teaching Practices, offered in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).  The course is designed for higher education faculty and leads to a nationally-recognized credential in Effective College Instruction. The course is endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). In addition, faculty who complete the course will be eligible to receive three graduate credits issued by ACUE’s accrediting body, and eight CEITL Partnership points.

The course consists of 25 modules that include teaching strategies for both face-to-face and online instruction. Faculty complete online course modules and reflect upon their practice with a cohort of UNH faculty guided by a UNH facilitator.

As faculty progress through the course, they receive a digital badge for each unit to demonstrate their success. Faculty Digital Badges can be displayed on LinkedIn and other social media profiles, added to teaching portfolios and webpages as a sign of achievement. The course concludes with a pinning ceremony where faculty receive a credential in Effective College Instruction, ACUE pins, and a transcript of modules completed.

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Earn e-Badges in these areas of study:

1. Designing an Effective Course
Redesign courses, syllabi, and class sessions to better define and achieve desired student outcomes

2. Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
Practices that build relationships, embrace diversity, and help students persist

3. Using Active Learning Strategies
Strategies that promote and leverage active learning and facilitate engaging discussions

4. Promoting Higher Order Thinking
Strategies that deepen learning and help students take greater ownership of their studies

5. Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning
Methods of formative and summative assessment to promote learning and refine teaching


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Jill Thorson
Assistant Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health and Human Services

I am incredibly honored to have been part of the first class UNH has graduated in this certificate, and I can honestly say that it was an amazing experience. I learned an incredible amount about pedagogical practices, including how to provide feedback, how to use technology effectively in the classroom, and how to create an environment of inclusion (to name just a few!). I think one of the greatest benefits of the program is that I have an even more reflective teaching process than ever. I consider classes, assignments, and exams from multiple perspectives and ensure that they are truly benefitting the student and their learning. Importantly, I have a toolbox that I can dip into to find new ideas and adjust to each student and class.

 I think it is also worth noting that this program brought together a group of educators during an incredibly isolating and challenging year. It was wonderful to have the support of colleagues during this time.


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Brent Bell
Associate Professor
Recreation Management and Policy
College of Health and Human Services

At a time when UNH is emerging as an R1 university, it really honors our roots to keep a parallel focus on teaching and learning. I am appreciative of the efforts to keep that important spirit alive at UNH. I think UNH is really blossoming as a fantastic university in all facets of a student experience.  

My ACUE experience was parallel to big disruption in teaching due to COVID. I am at high medical risk, so I never entered a classroom last year, but I did teach face to face outside for almost every class. Getting away from powerpoint (which has become the expected medium of college education) led to deeper conversations, more class interaction, and a need for creativity that I look back on with pride. The ACUE course was an important touchpoint for connecting with other faculty, talking about pedagogy, and gaining inspiration & support for all the new ideas that needed to be employed during a pandemic. My result was my best teaching scores in 14 years, and the most fun I have had in the classroom in a long time. It is a good sign when you dread the last day of classes because you will not be gathering as a group again.


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Chantal Cole
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Health and Human Services

ACUE has provided me with multiple different teaching strategies that have improved my course over the last year.  I have added in assessment strategies and surveys suggested by ACUE that have been well received by my students and therefore enhanced the course


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Cecile Gunn
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts

I have learned how to connect better with my students, their learning process, and improve the way I communicate the material. I have experienced that active learning strategies are far more effective for them than listening to me lecture about what I want them to learn.


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Fabian Kislat
Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

I have learned about many new teaching techniques, which were very well received by my students. Critically reflecting on my teaching approach over the last two semesters has been extremely helpful to improving my classes.


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Mauricio Pulecio
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures / Women's and Gender Studies
College of Liberal Arts

I always have ideas for my lesson plans thanks to the ACUE course. No more "what should I do in class tomorrow" anxiety. Great space to interact with peers while mirroring the effectiveness of your own teaching techniques.


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Bethany Silva
Research Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts

The constraints of the 2020-2021 academic year have meant that most educators have had to (re)imagine almost all aspects of their teaching. Taking part in the ACUE course meant that, as I did so, I was able to reflect on educational theory, learn from supportive colleagues, and focus on implementation.


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Burcu Eke Rubini
Decision Sciences
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

My biggest aha moment was in the module using student feedback. I always incorporated that in my teaching, but in that module, [the instructor] said end of semester evaluations benefit students in the next semester, they do nothing for the current students. One impact this gave me is to use mid semester evaluations such as stop/start/continue surveys... I have already applied this in 3 courses, and it motivates the students to know their opinions and experiences matter.