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Effective Online Teaching Practices

Would you like to learn more about effective online teaching practices based on the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) framework?  The ACUE courses focus on innovative and evidence-based teaching strategies and the creation of productive learning environments. They cover a wide range of topics that range from creating powerful learning outcomes and motivating your students to strategies for engaging students and implementing higher-order thinking.

WVU is offering an opportunity to participate in an online learning community with peers from across WVU campuses.  This experience will support you in enhancing your current courses and preparing for future courses.

Micro-credential Courses:

With the new ACUE structure effective Fall 2020, you can now complete a smaller set of modules to receive a micro-credential that can be stacked in pursuit of a certificate which is awarded in collaboration with the American Council on Education.

ACUE Effective Online Teaching Practices Micro-credential Course Options

Spring 2020 (choose one):

(1)   Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Online Learners (FILLED as of 1/7/21)


(2)   Designing Student-Centered Courses [Modality Independent] (FILLED as of 1/7/21)

ACUE Information Sessions

Register to attend an ACUE program information session. Learn about ACUE and our mission, engage in a course experience and get your questions answered.

Who Can Participate?

Open to all instructors including full-time, part-time, and graduate teaching assistants at any of the WVU campuses (Morgantown, Beckley, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Charleston). 

Instructors will need to be teaching during the semester in which they enroll in an ACUE micro-credential course in order to be able to implement the strategies presented in the modules and reflect upon the implementation.

What is my Commitment?

2-3 hours per week will be required to complete an asynchronous online module, an implementation of one of the strategies presented in the module, and a reflection on the implementation.  The spring micro-credential courses will start in February and run until the end of April.

There will also be voluntary virtual meetings for each micro-credential course after a block of 2-3 weeks.  Your facilitator will inform you of the dates for these meetings.

What Credentials will I Earn?

Instructors will complete a badge for the completion of each of the micro-credential courses and the full ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE), upon completion of all four courses.

Instructors who previously earned the ACUE Effective Teaching Practices certificate (targeted more at face-2-face instruction) can return to complete the following online micro-credential courses to earn an Advanced Certificate in Effective College Instruction:

o   Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment

o   Promoting Active Online Learning

o   Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Online Learners

You may also want to document your completion of the ACUE courses within Digital Measures.  There is an ACUE activity type under the Teaching Innovation and Curriculum Development section.

How do I Register?

The Spring 2021 courses are now filled.  Please keep an eye out for advertisement for courses being offered during the Fall 2021 semester.

There will be a virtual course launch for the Spring micro-credential courses on February 5th, 2021 from 10-11:30. Though it would be beneficial to attend this launch, it is not mandatory.

Who can answer My Questions?
Please direct any questions to