The second round of the Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE) program launched in January, with 31 Cal Poly Pomona faculty members from across the university taking part.
The ACUE “Course on Effective Teaching Practices” is a two-semester, structured online learning experience that takes faculty through 25 modules in five areas of teaching competencies. Each module provides multiple research-based, best-practice ideas that faculty can reflect on as a teaching community, applying what they learn directly into their own classrooms each week. ACUE’s mission is to “ensure student success through quality instruction” and equips the faculty to create a meaningful impact in the classroom.
Kim Middleton, the ACUE academic director assigned to Cal Poly Pomona, led the faculty through an orientation, allowing the cohort to introduce themselves and state their motivations for joining ACUE.
Elif Ozkaya, International Business Management, said that she has been teaching for over 10 years, but still has much to learn. She hopes her time in ACUE can increase her confidence and provide feedback on her teaching.
Dika Handayani, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, hopes ACUE will create habits in her teaching that will better engage students and help them retain information.
Juan Canedo, Apparel and Merchandising Management, wants to add more options to his teaching toolbox so he is better equipped to teach a wide variety of classes.
Other faculty expressed the desire to improve the first day of class, gain practical skills that yield results in the classroom, and challenge themselves as educators.
“I’m excited to see the challenges [this cohort] takes on, and what they’ll learn about each other and their students in the process,” Middleton said. “ACUE is fortunate to work with faculty as dedicated as the ones at Cal Pol Pomona.”
The ACUE course is funded by the Office of Student Success and managed by the Faculty Center for Professional Development, with course facilitators Pinar Trembley (Political Science) and April Dawn (eLearning) for 2020. The cohort will conclude their training in Fall 2020 and celebrate with a pinning ceremony and lunch on November 20.
For more info on ACUE, please contact Dr. Victoria Bhavsar, Director of the Faculty Center and eLearning, at firstname.lastname@example.org.