Effective Teaching Practices in Higher Education

The Graduate School and the Office of the Provost are pleased to offer graduate students an exciting new opportunity to enhance graduate education and workforce development. We are partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer its Course in Effective Teaching Practices to a maximum of 25 graduate student participants. The new course, GRAD 702, Effective Teaching Practices in Higher Education, was recently approved by the University Courses and Curriculum Committee for 3 graduate credits. Successful completion of the course also provides participants with a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Course overview

The course consists of 25 modules that graduate teaching assistants will complete online with a cohort of other graduate students and is guided by University faculty facilitators from The Graduate School. The course promotes teaching techniques for both face-to-face and online instruction from the following five units of study: Designing an Effective Course and Class, Establishing a Productive Learning Environment, Using Active Learning Techniques, Promoting Higher Order Thinking, and Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning.

Learn more about the course and the content of each module

ACUE will kick off the program with a 3-hour in-person course launch on Wednesday, August 29th 5-8 pm during which participants will begin working on the first module. The GRAD 702 curriculum requires a two-semester commitment. Students will register for 3 credits of GRAD 702 in Fall 2018, and receive an incomplete "I" grade for Fall 2018. Upon completion of all modules in Spring 2019, the "I" grade will be replaced with a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory "S/U" grade. GRAD 702 participants complete approximately one online module every 1-2 weeks over the fall and spring semesters. Breaks and make-up weeks are carefully crafted to accommodate graduate teaching assistant responsibilities (see attached course sequence). Opportunities to meet and discuss face-to-face with other graduate students in GRAD 702 will be offered monthly.

Graduate students who complete the Course will earn the Certificate in Effective College Instruction and 3 graduate credits. In addition, participants will earn digital badges for each successfully completed module and unit, which can be added to their curriculum vitae, used in online teaching portfolios, and displayed on LinkedIn profiles or webpages as a sign of their achievement.We hope that you all will consider participating in this opportunity. A non-credit, pilot version of the course offered to 41 University of Nevada, Reno graduate students last year was evaluated very positively, with 89 percent of participants recommending the course to a colleague. Students noted profound improvements in their ability to utilize active learning techniques, deliver engaging lectures, manage disruptive behavior and address micro-aggressions and stereotype threats.

How to enroll in GRAD 702

To indicate your interest enrolling in the ACUE GRAD 702 course, please submit the application through the link below.

Submit your application

Registration fees only partially cover the cost of the course and must be supplemented with contributions from the University. Consequently, enrollment will be limited to 25 students and will require instructor approval. We will begin notifying students whether they are eligible to enroll by August 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rachel Zarndt at rzarndt@unr.edu.