ACE and ACUE Support Faculty Development and Student Success During COVID-19 Crisis
April 28, 2020

ACE is working closely with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to promote resources that aid faculty making the transition to online learning following campus closures due to the coronavirus.

Many instructors at U.S. institutions have been delivering their courses online for several weeks now, and although the Spring semester is almost over, the need for quality online instruction is not going away anytime soon as campuses deliberate how best to deliver their Summer and Fall courses.

Recently, ACUE released six webinars focusing on effective online instruction. The series collectively attracted nearly 8,000 attendees across more than 1,500 institutions in 64 countries. You can find related resources and discussion forums on the ACUE website here, and edited recordings of each webinar are available on ACE Engage®, ACE's online community and learning platform. Click on the link over one of the titles below and log in or sign up for Engage to view it:

  1. Managing Your Online Presence

  2. Organizing Your Online Course

  3. Planning and Facilitating Online Discussions

  4. Recording Effective Microlectures

  5. Welcoming Students to Your Online Environment

  6. Engaging Your Students in Readings and Microlectures

ACUE is also offering a toolkit of free online teaching resources that can be immediately put to use to make the transition to remote learning a smoother one for both instructors and their students.

Created to help higher education effectively transition to what is being widely referred to as “remote learning," the self-use resources should not be confused with the pedagogical professional development to support teaching online with proven approaches that lead to stronger, more equitable student outcomes.

To meet this longer-term need, ACUE is partnering with institutions and systems to prepare faculty through a comprehensive course in Effective Online Teaching Practices, also offered in a micro-credential design and direct to faculty through open enrollment, micro-credential courses. These programs provide educators with the opportunity to learn about—and implement—a comprehensive set of evidence-based teaching practices native to the online environment. Recommended approaches are relevant to synchronous, asynchronous, and blended instruction.

ACE and ACUE have been working together since 2016 to advance student success through effective college instruction. ACE endorses ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices, through which faculty can earn Certificates in Effective College Instruction. They have also partnered to produce a series of Conversations on Student Success on ACE Engage, with two recorded so far.

In the first, “Reimagining Gateway Courses," Sherri Hughes, assistant vice president of professional learning at ACE, speaks with Northern University President Rita Cheng about gateway course redesign and building a culture of student success. In “Conversation with Butler University Provost," Hughes speaks with Butler University Provost Kathryn Morris about creating value through instructional excellence and career readiness.

As higher education moves through a period of great change, ACUE and ACE will continue to promote resources to help college and university leaders and educators prioritize high quality learning and growth for faculty and students.  

​Stay Informed through Engage

Join the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidelines group to discuss with peers how your institution is dealing responding to the virus and to stay on top of the latest webinars, toolkits, and other resources that ACE is putting together.