Certificate in Effective University Instruction

Unit heads (Deans/Chairs/Program Directors) are asked to nominate up to 3 instructors for this program

U of T faculty can obtain the Certificate in Effective University Instruction by completing the Course in Effective Online Teaching Practices (EOTP), a six-month online course (December 2020 – June 2021) that combines synchronous online learning opportunities, asynchronous online modules and a community of practice. The Certificate in Effective University Instruction is offered through the Association of College and University Education (ACUE) and endorsed by the American Council on Education.

The EOTP is a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).

December 2020 – June 2021

The course addresses essential online/remote teaching skills and knowledge that are fundamental to university educator success in the current context, with focuses on:

  • Designing Student-Centered Courses
  • Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment
  • Promoting Active Learning Online
  • Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners in Your Online Course

You can learn more about the course and the content of each module on the ACUE website.

Participants in the cohort will:

  • complete 25 online modules (each module takes from 2-3 hours to complete and involves both application and reflection)
  • meet at key points in the year with facilitators and colleagues to discuss their experiences implementing strategies and approaches learned through the modules in their own classrooms

The ACUE curriculum is appropriate for faculty who teach in any discipline.

Of the 45 U of T faculty who enrolled in 2019-2020 ACUE course:

  • 93% found the course content relevant to their work
  • 97% found the course helpful in refining their teaching practice
  • 87% would recommend the course to a colleague.

“It was a fantastic experience for me. One of the most important things I took from the course was the extremely encouraging atmosphere.” (U of T 2019-2020 ACUE participant)

The program will launch on December 11, 2020 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm, EST) as a 90-minute live webinar focused on course design hosted by CTSI and facilitated by an ACUE expert.

Virtual meeting dates are as follows:
Webinar #1: January 29, 2021, 12pm-1:30pm (EST)
Webinar #2: February 26, 2021, 12pm-1:30pm (EST)
Webinar #3: April 9, 2021, 12pm-1:30pm (EST)
Webinar #4: May 28, 2021, 12pm-1:30pm (EST)

Cost per faculty member is $800. Included within the cost for the EOTP is:

  • 25 online modules completed in four blocks
    1. Course Design: Designing Student-Centered Courses (December 2020/January 2021)
    2. Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment (February/March 2021)
    3. Promoting Active Online Learning (March/April 2021)
    4. Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners (May/June 2021)
  • Certificate in Effective University Instruction” awarded upon completion of all four blocks; the Certificate is offered through ACUE and endorsed by the American Council on Education.
  • Built-in assessments (personal written reflections that examine how the course information can be applied in faculty members’ own teaching practice).
  • Online and in-person community of professional practice (depending on COVID-19 circumstances).
  • Access to the ACUE course materials for up to three years following course completion.

Participation in the 30-person cohort is open to all continuing appointment faculty in both the Tenure Stream and the Teaching Stream who will be actively teaching in the Winter 2021 term. However, priority will be given to pre-tenure and pre-promotion faculty. Spaces can be reserved by unit heads for $800/spot. Additional incentives for faculty participation are at the discretion of the unit head (e.g., a possible service release for a faculty member’s participation in this six-month course). For further exploration of local incentives please contact susan.mccahan@utoronto.ca.

Steps to confirm participation:

  1. Unit heads (Deans/Chairs/Program Directors) are asked to nominate up to 3 instructors for this program. Unit heads can reserve course spaces and provide tentative faculty member names by completing the online form (by October 30, 2020).
  2. CTSI will be in touch to provide additional information once the membership of the cohort is complete and will confirm faculty members and payment details with the unit by November 20, 2020.

Please contact Kelly Gordon (kelly.gordon@utoronto.ca) with any questions regarding the program.

Submissions are now closed

“The ACUE course gave me renewed confidence in some of the teaching strategies I had used for years; the incentive to tweak some for the better; the insight into what did not work and the courage to change it radically. [Before the pandemic] I had never given online courses a second thought. The ACUE course not only trained me to administer and teach one, but gave me a very clear perspective on what it is like to be on the other side, on what it feels like to be the learner in an online course. I am certain that the empathy I developed as a result has made me a better teacher. [Former CTSI] Director Carol Rolheiser and her team, especially Karen Reid with whom I was in touch, were for me the teachers I had always aspired to be and I hoped I was – forgiving, positive, encouraging, but at the same time exigent, and demanding the best from me.”

Manuela Scarci, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Italian Studies & Renaissance Studies, Associate Chair, Undergraduate, Italian Studies


Learn about the 2019-2020 Certificate in Effective Teaching Practices cohort.