Course

Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

Duration

7 - 8 weeks

Enrollment Fee

$675.00

Course Content

7 Modules

Delivery

100% Online
Cohort-based

Path to
Certification

Overview

Create an optimal environment that supports learning, increases engagement, embraces diversity, and helps students persist in meeting academic challenges. ACUE’s Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment course equips instructors with evidence-based teaching practices that help them start the term strong, ensure equitable access to learning, and provide feedback necessary for students to improve their performance.

In a matter of weeks, you can learn and implement practices that elevate your teaching and propel student success. Designed for all types of faculty, the evidence-based teaching practices found within this course can be implemented in an online, hybrid, or classroom learning environment.

This fully online course is offered throughout the year and is one step in the pathway to becoming certified in ACUE’s Effective Teaching Practice Framework, which is the only teaching certification endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Course Content

Competencies addressed in this course are aligned with the Effective Teaching Practice Framework.

Individuals should plan to spend 2-3 hours a week on course work.

Leading the First Day of Class

Learn how to plan ahead to ensure a successful first day, build a community of learners, and implement active learning strategies that help students understand course expectations.

Learn how to work with students to set expectations for a civil learning environment. In addition, the module includes techniques for appropriately addressing low-, mid-, and high-level disruptions to the learning environment.

Learn how to assess students’ prior knowledge to inform their instruction and support and encourage the use of campus resources for academic support. In addition, the module includes techniques for effectively communicating expectations and using grading practices that fully support student success.

Learn about the importance of, and techniques to build, intrinsic motivation, which include offering choice, providing targeted feedback and revision opportunities, and connecting course learning to career and life goals. It also introduces the concept and motivational impact of a growth mindset for students and faculty.

Examine how your own experiences have shaped your perspectives and the importance of valuing different viewpoints. In addition, the module addresses the power of explicit and implicit messages (microaggressions, stereotype threats) and offers techniques to create an inclusive classroom environment, as well as a curriculum, that is representative of diverse students.

Learn how to check for student understanding using quality questioning techniques and whole-class formative assessment strategies including the One-Minute Paper, Muddiest Point, and In Your Own Words.

Learn how to offer students effective feedback – aligned to course outcomes, timely, actionable, consequential and user friendly. In addition, the module includes techniques to help students more effectively use feedback for improvement as well as techniques to help instructors leverage technology for increasing feedback efficiency.

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Next Course Start Dates

  • List iconMarch 23, 2024
  • List iconJune 1, 2024
  • List iconAugust 10, 2024

Enrollment Fee

Discounts are available for purchasing the courses required to complete the Certification or Advanced Certification in the Effective Teaching Practice Framework

  • 4 Courses $2,295  
    Purchase four courses at a $405 discount
  • 3 Courses $1,695  
    Purchase three courses at a $330 discount
  • 2 Courses $1,150  
    Purchase two courses at $200 discount
  • 1 Course $675  
    Purchase one course at full price

Technical Requirements

A supported web browser and active internet connection.

  • Technical requirements to access Instructure’s Canvas LMS can be found here.
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  • Technical requirements to access Zoom can be found here. We recommend a webcam for live sessions.
ACUE's course badge for Effective Teaching Practice Framework

Complete Your Certification Pathway

Purchase the four courses that stack to the Certification in the Effective Teaching Practice Framework for a 15% discount.

Promoting Active Learning

Discover active learning techniques to engage students.

6 - 8 weeks

Cohort-based

6 Modules

Online

Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners

Motivate students, deepen their understanding, and help them take greater ownership of their learning.

6 - 8 weeks

Cohort-based

6 Modules

Online

Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses

Design courses with aligned assessments, assignments, and learning experiences that offer students clarity.

6 - 8 weeks

Cohort-based

6 Modules

Online

Meet the Experts Behind Your Learning Journey

José Antonio Bowen, PhD

Author and Senior Fellow
Association of American Colleges & Universities

Saundra McGuire, PhD

Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success
Louisiana State University

Linda Nilson, PhD

Founding Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness & Innovation
Clemson University

Frequently Asked Questions

ACUE courses are most impactful when you are actively teaching at least one college-level course, whether face-to-face, hybrid, or online. ACUE courses are relevant to educators across all disciplines teaching at all types of institutions. ACUE reviews each course application for acceptance into the course. Course enrollment is subject to capacity limitations and the ACUE Terms and Conditions. If you’re not sure these courses are for you, please email courses@acue.org to discuss your situation. 

Courses are delivered online through ACUE’s customized instance of Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System. Course-takers also attend a 1.25-hour synchronous virtual facilitated course launch on the course start date conducted via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Institutions may register a group of faculty in ACUE open enrollment courses by contacting the program director at courses@acue.org. Institutions that enroll course-takers in courses are subject to the cancellation, deferment, and forfeiture of fees structure listed below. Depending on the group enrollment size, course-takers may be split between multiple cohorts of the same course.

Faculty groups should also consider ACUE’s Programs for Institutions. ACUE’s campus and system partnerships are formed through a collaborative process with a broad set of institutional stakeholders. ACUE’s Programs for Institutions include academic support, advanced reporting, impact research at both faculty and student levels, and campus culture and communications support. 

Newer devices including desktop and laptop computers, tablets and smartphones are equipped to engage with ACUE open enrollment courses using only a supported web browser and active internet connection. Technical requirements to access Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System can be found here. Technical requirements to access Zoom for synchronous course launch and summary discussion sessions can be found here. We recommend that you have access to a webcam for live sessions.

Tuition, which covers all course fees, is $675 per open enrollment course. ACUE will also apply the appropriate tax based on the local tax laws in the course-taker’s geographic location.

Course-takers tell us it takes approximately 2–3 hours to successfully complete each module. This typical time commitment includes time to review module content, engage in online discussions with colleagues, plan and implement a practice, and complete a written reflection. Most open enrollment courses contain six or seven modules that will collectively require 12–18 hours to complete over a 6–8 week period. You will be given 8 weeks to complete the course and, upon completion, maintain login access to course materials for 1 year. 

The Fostering a Culture of Belonging course contains four modules, and the estimated time to completion is 2-3 hours per week (4-6 hours per module) over an 8-week period. This course opens a new module every 2 weeks.

Yes, registering for all 4 courses in the same application to earn the Effective Teaching Practices Framework Certification (Creating an Inclusive and Supportive [Online] Learning Environment, (2) Promoting Active Learning [Online], (3) Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners [in Your Online Course], and (4) Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses provides a 15% discount. The total cost to enroll in all four courses would be $2,295. Full information available here.

If you’re taking/have taken one or two courses and would like to enroll in the remaining two or three courses in the same application to complete the Effective Teaching Practices Framework Certification, the same discount applies for the remaining courses.

If you’ve earned the Effective Teaching Practices Framework Certification and enroll in the 3 courses in the same application to complete the Advanced Certification you are eligible for the same discount. 

For all bundle types, course dates must be selected at time of application. These dates may adjust according to our deferment policy (see below). All courses must be paid for prior to the start date of the first course.   We suggest taking one course at a time when actively teaching at least one course. You have 18-months to complete the four courses. Packages may not be transferred to another individual.

ACUE reserves the right to defer a concurrent start date if a course-taker is behind at the end of the structured course end date. For example, Course 1 ends on July 31 and Course 2 begins on August 6. If the course-taker has not completed Course 1 by July 31 their Course 2 start date will be deferred to a future start date to allow them a bit of extra time to complete Course 1 without the additional pressure of starting Course 2. Course 2 will be rescheduled for a later time that works for their schedule and is within the 18-month window to complete the four courses.

We strongly recommend taking one course at a time. Course start dates are established so it is possible to start the next course within 2 weeks of completing the previous course allowing you to earn the Effective Teaching Practices Framework Certification, if you desire, within 8 months. Each week you will be asked to learn new research-based practices, implement them in your courses, and reflect on your practice. The one-module-a-week pacing allows you and your students to benefit from a deep focus on that module’s practices before moving on to additional topics and practices. 

Enrollment deadlines will be displayed on the course details page. Applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis; subject to program director approval. Early registration is recommended.

To earn the Effective Teaching Practices Framework Certification, you must complete four courses: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment, Promoting Active Learning, Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners, and Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses. You may take courses from our Effective Teaching Practices (geared primarily for those teaching in person), our Effective Online Teaching Practices (geared for those teaching online), or a combination of both modalities.

To earn the Advanced Certification in Effective Teaching Practices Framework, you must complete the three additional courses, such that all seven courses in the Effective Teaching Practices and Effective Online Teaching Practices have been completed. 

The Fostering a Culture of Belonging course is a deeper dive into inclusive practices. Participants will earn a course badge upon completion, but this course does not apply toward the full ACUE Certification or Advanced Certification in the Effective Teaching Practices Framework.

You may apply for open enrollment courses here. You will receive confirmation upon receipt of your application. Upon acceptance, you will be contacted by email with enrollment and payment information. All course fees must be paid before your enrollment is confirmed.

An ACUE course facilitator will provide support throughout your course, including leading virtual discussions in LMS discussion boards. Facilitators will also respond to your support needs within 24 hours. Technical assistance is also available by emailing support@acue.org. For additional information about course accessibility, please review our Statement of Accessibility.

ACUE courses are most impactful when actively teaching at least one college-level course, whether face-to-face, online, or hybrid.

One aspect that sets ACUE apart from traditional faculty development is that faculty select at least one new practice to implement with students in each module. The opportunity to apply your learning and reflect on student impact leads to transformative teaching and learning.

The only way you’re going to learn a new teaching strategy is to do it. You have to apply what you’ve learned … then reflect on what worked well, what needs tweaking in the future, what [you’ve] missed, what students appreciate about it…”
—Stephen Brookfield

Course-takers leading teams or advising students may find they are able to implement the recommended practices with students and/or colleagues outside of their courses. If you are unable to take the course while teaching, you will be asked to write “plan to implement” reflections where you prepare to implement a practice for a future course and reflect upon the likely student impact.

To satisfy module requirements and earn a badge, course-takers submit a reflection aligned to a rubric that will be shared with you. Each course requires four to seven reflections to earn the course badge. Each reflection is scored by a National Reader assigned to your cohort. Successful completion of all assignments is required to complete the course.

There is no set order to take open enrollment courses. Each course description includes module titles that may help you determine which one is of most interest to you at this time.

All of our courses except one are structured such that you engage with the course content, identify a practice, implement this practice with your current students, and then reflect upon the student impact of the new or modified practice selected.

Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses is the exception. It is focused on working with your course documents, applying the concepts learned in the modules to those documents, and reflecting on the process and the impact on student success in your course. You may find it beneficial to take this course after the others so that you can take the knowledge from the modules in the other courses and apply it as you work on developing outcomes and assessments.

  • Most open enrollment courses are comprised of six or seven online learning modules. Each module addresses a competency defined in ACUE’s Effective Teaching Practices Framework©. Successfully completing an open enrollment course earns a course badge, which can stack with other ACUE courses to earn Effective Teaching Practices Framework Certification.
  • The Fostering a Culture of Belonging course is a deeper dive on inclusive practices. This course contains four modules and does not apply toward the ACUE Certification or Advanced Certification in Effective College in the Effective Teaching Practices Framework.
  • Modules are content-rich and include demonstration videos, interviews with leading experts, curated planning guides, and other resources.
  • Downloadable planning guides and resources o support learning and implementation of recommended practices.
  • One synchronous, facilitated 1.25-hour Zoom session on the course launch date.
  • Professional facilitation by an expert in teaching and learning with whom you will share insights and ideas along with other educators in your cohort.
  • Continued access to course materials for one year after course completion.

You will receive an application confirmation email within 1 week of applying. You will be enrolled in the course upon full payment. All fees must be paid before the course begins. Preferred payment is online via credit card. To inquire about alternative payment methods, contact courses@acue.org.

ACUE courses are taught, facilitated, administered, and supported in English. To get the most out of your experience, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

Yes, courses are available to international course-takers. ACUE courses are taught, facilitated, administered, and supported in English.

To Cancel an Individual Enrollment

All cancellation notifications must be sent in writing via email to courses@acue.org.

A full refund may only be obtained if such request is made at least 31 days prior to the course start date*. Cancellations received 30 days or less before the program begins are eligible for refunds as described below:

  • If requested 15-30 days before the course start date, 50% of course tuition.
  • If requested fewer than 15 days before the course start date, no refund.

If ACUE cancels a course, registered participants are eligible for either:

  • A refund of any tuition paid or
  • A transfer of their registration to a future course.

Refunds will be processed to the original payment method. ACUE reserves the right to limit refunds to 1 per year.

If a bundle of 2 or more courses were purchased refunds will only be permitted prior to the first course in accordance with the terms above. Packages may not be transferred to another party.

Open Enrollment Seats Purchased by an Institution  

Open Enrollment seats purchased by institution are valid for 1 year from the purchase date. Seats not utilized by the end of this term will expire. 

Bundles of 2 or more courses purchased by an institution are valid for the original course-taker only and are non-transferable. 

To Defer

Course-takers are eligible to defer their paid enrollment to a future course if such request is received within three calendar days of the Course Launch*. Deferral requests must be sent in writing to courses@acue.org and are valid for an ACUE open enrollment course within 1 year of the original course start date. One deferral is permitted per course. ACUE cannot guarantee the same course in which you were registered will be offered in the future.

Bundles of 2 or more courses may be deferred in accordance with the terms above. All courses must be started within the 18-month use period. Bundles are non-transferable.

Forfeiture of Fees

Please note, course-takers forfeit 100% of the full course tuition if one of the following occurs:

  • The course-taker does not enroll in another course within one year of the original course start date.
  • The course-taker fails to participate in the course without notification, or if a withdrawal occurs on or after the course start date.

Exceptions to the refund/defer policy may be made due to (1) illness or injury of a nature that significantly impacts the course-taker’s ability to continue in the course or (2) illness, injury, or death of an immediate family member (spouse/partner, parent, child, grandchild, sibling, grandparent). Please contact courses@acue.org to discuss next steps.

To Substitute

Course-takers that purchased a single enrollment are eligible to provide a substitute to their paid enrollment if such request is received within 3 calendar days of the course launch. Substitution requests must be sent in writing to courses@acue.org and are valid for the currently enrolled ACUE open enrollment course only. One substitution is permitted per paid enrollment.

Bundles of 2 or more courses purchased by an individual or an institution are eligible for substitution only if a substitute course-taker is finalized within 3 calendar days of the Course Launch. Replacement course-takers must meet all bundle requirements (previous courses completed). Substitution requests must be sent in writing to courses@acue.org.  

ACUE reserves the right to change without notice any statements contained herein concerning, but not limited to, policies, course fees, curricula, and courses.