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The ACE 
Framework

A guide for decision-making and professional development planning during times of crisis.

Large Lecture Learning

Resources for classes that depend upon larger-scale classroom settings and traditional lecture content delivery.

Complications & Connections

Complications: Some faculty may be slated to teach classes with 50+ students in a large lecture hall format. Transitioning this to online delivery presents very particular challenges, and reconstituting the course in a small class size may be impossible depending upon institutional constraints. We’ve collected resources here to help faculty facing this dilemma.  

Connections to ACE: For faculty, the most important value in ACE to consider in these situations in Adaptability. Consider anything you can do to de-emphasize the larger lecture format in favor of sharing course content in other ways (perhaps through shorter videos, short narrated slide decks, or pointing to other online resources). Student Design & Choice might be worth exploring by polling students to see what methods of sharing content would be most useful for them and then switching up your plans based on their responses. Fostering a Classroom Community may also present new challenges and you might take this opportunity to think about what community should generally look like in a class of this size. Ultimately, while large lectures may be your go-to and comfort zone, this situation may be an opportunity to rethink your pedagogy a bit and flip the classroom, use small group discussions to advance through the work, or introduce project-based learning as an approach. 

Resources for Large Courses

About the Workbook

The Workbook is an online space for you to record your reflections and assignments for the Workshop.

Participants at PSU will be using an Office 365 Word Document (available via the “Files” section of the “General” channel in the ACE Workshop Teams space).

Participants at other institutions should check with their Workshop Facilitator(s) about where to work on their Workbook.

About the Discussion Forum

The Discussion Forum is an online space where all the members of the Workshop can share ideas and reflections and build community

Participants at PSU will be using the ACE Workshop Teams space).

Participants at other institutions should check with their Workshop Facilitator(s) about where to access their Discussion Forum.

About the VidSpace

The VidSpace is an online space for synchronous video meetings among participants (that can also be recorded and shared for asynchronous access).

Participants at PSU will be using Zoom (available via the Zoom tab in the ACE Workshop Teams space).

Participants at other institutions should check with their Workshop Facilitator(s) about where to access their VidSpace. 

About the ACE “Institutional Level”

The ACE Framework is primarily designed for faculty who are readjusting their curriculum during times of regional, national, or global crisis. But in order for the work that faculty do with their assignments and courses to be most effective, it should be aligned with the institutional mission, which should guide policy and structural planning related to curriculum and teaching.

The institutional level of the framework is a reminder to faculty that if their adjustments at the assignment- or course-level are difficult to operationalize successfully, it could be due to larger policies and structures that are mis-aligned with the ACE Framework; advocacy may be warranted to bring the institution into alignment.

The institutional level of the framework is also a call to university policy-making committees, administrators, Boards of Trustees, and legislators that there is much work to be done to prepare university policies and structures to support students and faculty who are learning and teaching through challenging times.