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Promoting Active Learning course (launching Spring 2023)

Call for Applications

Texas A&M University is now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 Texas A&M University System Instructional Excellence ProjectThe Texas A&M University System, under the leadership of Dr. James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Shonda Gibson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is underwriting this program to encourage System-wide excellence in teaching. Participation in this initiative is highly valued in support of teaching excellence, and it will be included in the evaluation for tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review according to Texas A&M University System Policy and the Texas A&M promotion and tenure guidelines.

This opportunity is a coordinated effort among the Texas A&M University System, the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), Texas A&M Faculty Affairs, and the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence.

Spring Promoting Active Learning Course Application Timeline 

Early-bird Call for Applications: 11/14/2022
General Call for Applications: 11/28/2022
Deadline for ALL Applications: 1/13/2023
Cohort Notifications by: 1/17/2023

Application Process

Prepare the following documents in PDF format:
  • Letter of support from Department Head or Direct Supervisor (1-page maximum)
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement (1-page maximum) Philosophy Statement Guide
  • Course syllabus

Spring Cohort participants must be teaching concurrently with their program participation.

Space is limited, so complete your application today! 

Apply Here


Time Commitment 

Participants commit 3 - 4 hours per week for six weeks. Course concludes at Spring Break.
Spring 2023 cohort dates:
‚ÄčJanuary 30 - March 12 (Virtual Course Launch: TBA)


ACUE’s microcredential course in Promoting Active Learning (geared for those teaching primarily in person) will provide you with practices proven to more actively engage your students in learning and thinking critically.

This course is organized around six competencies and takes six weeks to complete. You will learn with a Center facilitator and a cohort of fellow faculty, with whom you will share insights and ideas.

Competencies addressed in this course are aligned with ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework:


  • Developing Effective Class Sessions and Lectures
  • Teaching Powerful Note-taking Skills
  • Using Groups to Ensure Active Learning
  • Using the Active Learning Cycle
  • Planning Effective Class Discussions
  • Facilitating Engaging Class Discussions

Spring Schedule

Available soon.

Delivery Format

This is primarily an online asynchronous 6-week program hosted in the Canvas learning management system, with approximately 3-4 hours in learning activities and online discussions expected every week. Asynchronous engagement with peers is expected as participants will go through the 6 weeks together as a cohort. There will also be required synchronous Zoom sessions with the program facilitator that will be scheduled based on participants’ availability. Other meetings or consultations may be scheduled as needed.

Upon Completion

Faculty will receive a $300 faculty development bursary and the Promoting Active Learning microcredential. This microcredential may be utilized in meeting partial requirements necessary to earn the American Council on Education (ACE) endorsed Certificate in Effective College Instruction.


Please contact Texas A&M program lead Brandon Cooper for more information.