Under the leadership of Academic Director Sandra Clarkson, ACERT seeks to enhance faculty's activities as teachers and scholars by expanding their awareness of pedagogical approaches and practices. ACERT has developed several forums for exploring a range of teaching philosophies and techniques that are being used at Hunter, and on other campuses, to increase classroom engagement.
- Teaching Tuesdays: At lunchtime (12-2 pm) on Tuesdays, CUNY faculty and/or invited guests speak about methods they've used to engage students, enhance their research, and assess teaching effectiveness. Recent topics have included working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB); connecting teaching and undergraduate research; handling sensitive topics in the classroom; assessing student writing; and writing, discovery and critical thinking. Click here for a current schedule.
- Guided Explorations: Our new Guided Explorations series offer faculty ongoing support as they develop plans for incorporating new approaches to teaching. In two to four sessions, participating faculty will see examples of how other faculty have incorporated these approaches and will apply the ideas discussed to their own courses. Thus far, we have developed Guided Explorations on three topics: designing hybrid courses, ePortfolio pedagogy, and facilitating online class meetings.These series are co-facilitated by an educational technologist and a faculty fellow.As they begin to use these new approaches in their classes, faculty can continue to receive support by joining one of our ongoing Teaching Scholarship Circles.
- Teaching Scholarship Circle: These semester-long seminars offer an in-depth look at a particular subject pertinent to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The circles meet twice per month with a group of core members attending all sessions. Faculty participants read scholarly articles and complete other work for the meetings, which are co-facilitated by the Technology Teaching & Learning Group and other faculty leaders. Recent TSCs have explored ePortfolio Pedagogy and Blended and Online Course Development.