ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework©

/ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework©

With great teaching, students succeed.

Decades of scholarship have identified practices that help students engage, persist in their studies, and learn more.

ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework is a leading statement of the instructional skills that every college educator should possess. It was independently validated and is endorsed by the American Council on Education.

Every faculty member credentialed by ACUE has learned about and implemented practices across all of the framework’s core competencies.


Designing an Effective Course

Approaches for redesigning courses, syllabi, and class sessions to better define and achieve desired student outcomes


Establishing a Productive Learning Environment

Practices that build relationships, embrace diversity, help students persist, and create an environment that supports learning


Using Active Learning Strategies

Strategies that promote and leverage active learning and to plan and facilitate engaging discussions


Promoting Higher Order Thinking

Strategies that deepen learning and help students take greater ownership of their studies


Assessing to Inform Instruction & Promote Learning

Methods of formative and summative assessment to promote learning and refine teaching
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