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The 'Q' Newsletter
May 12, 2016

Good morning!

Civic engagement is currently center stage in California, and not just because of an upcoming presidential primary.

This month, ACUE and the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at California State University, Los Angeles launched a faculty development program to help prepare instructors for an innovative civic learning initiative rolling out campus-wide.

Read Inside Higher Ed for more: Colleges placing increasing importance on programs promoting civic engagement

An animated drawing of students presenting findings from their Civic Learning project (ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices)

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

An engaged citizenry. Faculty at California State University, Los Angeles will develop class assignments using ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices to prepare for a broader civic learning initiative. (Inside Higher Ed)


The metaphorical back row. Focused on disengaged students, Michael Feldstein lays out three personalized learning practices that college instructors can support and enhance through the effective use of digital tools. (e-Literate)


Attention aspiring administrators. Reflecting on a new role as a faculty developer, Kevin Gannon offers lessons on the transition from being a full-time faculty member. (Chronicle Vitae)


Learning by doing. Creating more student-centered classrooms are an important first step to improve math instruction in higher education. (Hechinger Report)


#digped. Leaders in instruction are hosting a Twitter chat to discuss tough questions about preparing graduate students in pedagogy. (Digital Pedagogy Lab)


The fundamental five. Differentiated instruction rests on five principles, encompassing everything from active learning and team-based learning to a fundamental rethinking of college instructors as “learning designers.” (Inside Higher Ed)


Changing from within. After devoting more time getting to know her students and less time enforcing rigid rules, a professor says her students are more engaged, she’s less frustrated, and more learning is taking place as a result. (Chronicle of Higher Education)


POD Talk. The POD Network, a leading advocate for evidence-based teaching and learning in higher education, released its Spring 2016 newsletter, which includes an inaugural message from newly appointed President Kevin Barry. (POD Network News)

Picture of Cal State LA faculty during ACUE's Fall 2015 pilot.
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“Faculty are excited and engaged. That sense of engagement in teaching seems to make all the difference for us.”

Cal State LA President William Covino, discussing
the role of faculty development in civic learning
 
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