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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:

You can complete a set of courses 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 2022 (choose one):

(1) Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment


(2) Promoting Active Learning Online

Summer 2022:

(2) Designing Student-Centered Courses [Modality Independent]

Course Facilitators:

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Dr. Bob Britten
Teaching Associate Professor
Reed College of Media

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Dr. Marianne Downes
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Laboratory Medicine

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Dr. Lori Ogden
Teaching Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics

ACUE Information Sessions:

The following information sessions will allow you to learn about ACUE, engage in a course experience, and get your questions answered.

Check back soon for future offerings.

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). 

Except for the Designing Student-Centered Courses micro-credential course, 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.

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 receive 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 micro-credential 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:

  • Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment
  • Promoting Active Learning Online
  • Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners in Your Online Course

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?

Register Now!  The registration deadline for the spring courses is December 9, 2021.  The selection process is competitive and, thus, you may be placed on a wait list if more people register than we are able to accommodate.

There will be a course launch during the week of January 31st, 2022.  If you are selected to participate, you will be notified of how to register for these sessions.  Attending the course launch is not mandatory, though it would be beneficial.

Who can answer My Questions?

Please direct any questions to