Faculty Development

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Promoting Active Learning

Are you interested in applying active learning strategies that you can use in your face-to-face classes? In the Promoting Active Learning course, you will learn practices proven to engage students more actively in learning and thinking critically. Participants who complete the course will receive $200 funding and earn a microcredential from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).


Program Details

When is it?

This program is now full. Please fill out our Interest List to be notified of future ACUE program opportunities. 

This is a fully online, asynchronous program (with an optional one-hour synchronous session on Tuesday, March 14 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PT OR Wednesday, March 15 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PT) that runs from March 27 until May 7. The program is offered online and is organized around six competencies and takes approximately six weeks to complete. Faculty learners have the flexibility to complete each module at days and times that fit their schedules. Participants will spend 2 to 3 hours engaging with module content, participating in virtual discussions, implementing new practices, and completing reflection assignments.


Who should enroll?

Faculty eligibility criteria include:

  • those able to protect roughly 3 hours per week
  • comfortable using Canvas as a learner
  • must be employed at CSUN and teaching a course in which they can implement new strategies
  • faculty at all ranks (tenure-track and lecturers) and experience level (novice and senior level faculty) are welcome to apply
  • this course is for motivated faculty who are open to joining an iterative and collaborative process of taking their teaching to the next level


Is there funding?

Funding of $200 will be available to faculty who complete the program.


What are the program goals?

This microcredential program will deliver tools and resources to develop effective class sessions, teach powerful note-taking skills, and facilitate engaging discussions. Faculty also learn active learning strategies, such as jigsaw, think-pair-share, and the active learning cycle. Modules for this program include:

  • 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

Educators who complete the requirements for this program earn a microcredential in “Promoting Active Learning.” This microcredential may be utilized in meeting partial requirements necessary to earn the American Council on Education (ACE) endorsed Certificate in Effective College Instruction.


What do CSUN Faculty say about ACUE Programs?

Hundreds of faculty at CSUN have completed ACUE microcredential and credential programs. The majority say being involved in these programs is beneficial and believe the programs have positively impacted their teaching. Sample comments by CSUN faculty include:

There is no question that the ACUE course has significantly improved my teaching and student outcomes.

ACUE presents the information in very translatable fashion so it was easy to quickly operationalize the pedagogical tips/tricks/insights.

Exceptional quality program with practical knowledge that can be immediately implemented into the classroom.


How do I sign up?

This program is now full. Please fill out our Interest List to be notified of future ACUE program opportunities.



Which CSUN faculty have earned this microcredential ?


Arts, Media, and Communication 

  • Communication Studies: Motasem Kalaji, Michele Mega, Melissa Tindage

  • Journalism: Tammy Trujillo


Business and Economics

  • Business Law: Valerie Flugge Goyer

  • Economics: Francisco Beltran Silva

  • Marketing: Ning Fu,Dong Liu, Na Wen

  • Systems and Operations Management: Leily Farrokhvar,Kunpeng Li, Qiuhua (Jessica) Sheng



  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Ellen Edeburn

  • Educational Psychology and Counseling: ellen stohl

  • Secondary Education: Jenn Wolfe


Engineering and Computer Sciences

  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management: Sean Genovese


Health and Human Development

  • Child and Adolescent Development: Manisha Chase, Esther Govea, Marlen Quintero Perez, April Taylor

  • Family and Consumer Sciences: Hessam Ghamari, Heather McCollum

  • Health Sciences: Jennifer Little, Gretta Madjzoob, Andrew (Andy) Oppenberg, John Pineda, Carrie Pullen, Carmen Saunders Russell

  • Recreation and Tourism Management: Heekyung Sung



  • Asian American Studies: Derek Tang

  • Chicana/o Studies: Carlos A. Hernandez

  • English: Stacey Bieber, Andrea Hernandez, Kelan Koning, Noreen Lace, Corie Mesa Romero

  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Svetlana Tyutina

  • Philosophy: Weimin Sun

  • Theatre: Stephanie Lim


Science and Math

  • Biology: Casey terHorst

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry: Ravinder Abrol

  • Computer Science: Sen Wang

  • Mathematics: Andrea Nemeth


Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Africana Studies: Lisbeth Gant-Briton, Janice Robinson, W Gabriel Selassie I 

  • Criminology and Justice Studies: Beth Jakubanis, Katherine Lorenz, Nayan Ramirez, Anastasiia Timmer, Jaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

  • Geography and Environmental Studies: Karen Sonksen

  • History: Henry Maar

  • Psychology: Lori Campbell, Stefanie Drew, Stacy Missari, Essence Lynn Wilson


Student Success

  • University 100 (many of these faculty teach in more than one department) Colette Claire Meade