Study Finds Effective Faculty Training Improves Student Outcomes
More than 70 full-time Tri-C faculty have completed ACUE training
Professors trained in effective teaching methods for in-person and online instruction reported their mindsets improved, leading to better learning outcomes for their students, according to research published by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) was among the 10 higher education institutions that participated in the research from Spring 2022 to Spring 2023.
The study found significant differences in faculty members’ self-efficacy and growth mindset after completing courses on teaching practices and online learning.
Faculty who completed the courses felt more confident in their ability to teach effectively, explain complex concepts to students and adjust their instruction based on student feedback and achievement. They also reported having more positive attitudes toward teaching and learning, being more likely to engage in efforts to improve their teaching and finding more enjoyment in working with students.
The study also found that students in gateway courses taught by ACUE-certified faculty reported higher levels of growth mindset and increased confidence in the classroom, attending office hours and managing their assignments.
So far, 72 full-time Tri-C faculty have completed the yearlong course, and an additional 34 earned the “Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning” certificate. A new cohort of 27 faculty will complete the course in May 2024.
Read more about the research on the Inside Higher Ed website.
October 24, 2023
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