Sixty Cal Poly Pomona faculty members learned an array of innovative, research-based teaching strategies to increase student engagement and achievement thanks to the first visit to CPP by the Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE) this year.
The course about effective teaching practices gave faculty from each of the eight colleges lessons from a two-semester, structured online learning experience.
Faculty tried new ideas and wrote short journal entries about their experiences, creating a habit of reflective practice. By moving through the course as a cohort, faculty had the support of a collegial community as they took the risks of trying new things in their classrooms.
Faculty participants had plenty of praise for the experience. International Business & Marketing Professor Jared Oakley appreciated the practical and tangible strategies that are broadly applicable to a wide array of small and large class sizes, such as ideas to increase students’ attention and retention of material from both the beginning and end of class.
Nutrition & Food Science Professor Olive Li believes that ACUE helped her to know herself better as a professor, allowing her to know her students better and teach them better.
Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences Iris Levine commented that each of the CLASS faculty who spoke with her at the celebration recommended the program and indicated that ACUE was transformative to their teaching. Several participants remarked that the program would be beneficial to all CPP faculty.
Collection and analysis of quantitative assessment data is under way.
The faculty who participated in the program enjoyed a pinning ceremony on Nov. 22 at the conclusion of the program.
The ACUE course was funded by the Office of Student Success and managed by the Faculty Center for Professional Development, with course facilitators Ruth Ahn (Education) and April Dawn (eLearning). Cal Poly Pomona will continue ACUE with a second group of 30 faculty beginning in January 2020.
For more info on ACUE, please contact Dr. Victoria Bhavsar, Director of the Faculty Center and eLearning, at firstname.lastname@example.org