“By engaging in the ACUE program, UTSA faculty have come to understand that our students come from different backgrounds and may be underserved in their past experiences in education,” said UTSA Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy. “At UTSA, faculty are committed to helping our students succeed in providing inclusive learning environments that recognize the unique path that they have taken.”
The Effective Teaching Practices Course with 2020 The Academic Innovation / ACUE Partnership. Two additional courses – Effective Online Teaching Practices and Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning
Each of the courses range from 10 to 36 weeks. What they learned from their current classes — with many stating that they could see the ACUE best practices after a student engagement.
“As an engineer and scientist, I love collecting data, so seeing how this impacts student performance, as seen by their grades and their feedback from student evaluations, is great,” he said. Shrihari Sankarasubramanian, Assistant Professor in Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. “I plan to use this data to inform my instructional practice and continuously get better at teaching.”
The courses are indeed beneficial to both students and instructors. Ninety-five percent of faculty participants reported an increase in their use of evidence-based teaching practices. Faculty also reported that they were more confident in their ability to design an effective course and in a productive learning environment, which promoted active learning and higher-order thinking among their students.
The ACUE programs encourage faculty and staff to collaborate with their colleagues across disciplines and departments. Participants usually share monthly insights and ideas, ask questions and support each other’s learning. The community that enabled the participants to build them camaraderie and connections, especially after many years of remote instruction in the pandemic.
“It’s important for us to take the time to teach our teachers, and try to make our classes better and connect with our students in new ways,” he said. Sidury Christiansen, associate professor of bicultural-bilingual studies at UTSA College of Education and Human Development. “If you are new to teaching or have years of experience, I highly recommend this course. I’ve learned so much about what I have learned, and during the program you will notice that certain techniques and methods can be found in your classroom. ”
Graduates of Effective Teaching Practices received a $ 1,000 stipend, a Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE), and are recognized as UTSA ACUE Teaching Fellows. Graduates receive an inclusive teaching course with a $ 500 stipend and a certificate of completion.
Academic Innovation, a division of academic affairs, supports faculty development and works with colleges and departments to create new and dynamic learning experiences across campus.