At the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University, we have developed the ACE Framework to guide our decision-making and professional development planning. ACE stands for Adaptability, Connection, and Equity. ACE elevates three characteristics that are clear, context-sensitive, values-driven, and mission-aligned; we can use them to plan assignment-, course-, and institution-level responses to crisis (such as COVID-19) in the areas of our university that are connected to teaching and learning.
Below is a matrix of our ACE-Informed Practices that we have identified to align with Plymouth State’s philosophies around Cluster Learning; these practices are likely applicable to any college or university that values engaged pedagogy, accessibility, and encouraging higher education to be integrated with real-world contexts. We encourage anyone who finds it helpful to use ACE, engage with us, and collaborate to address our common challenges.
We have a responsibility to create learning experiences that can adapt for different learners and different learning contexts.
Our students are best-served by learning experiences positioned within relationships and real-world contexts.
We must strive to reach and teach every student, regardless of barriers they face.