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LEAP for Instructors: Using AAC&U Resources for Effective Course Design

LEAP for Instructors is a set of resources specifically designed for Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty. In partnership with the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, AAC&U recognizes the centrality of faculty who work on term contracts to general education. With this new series of resources related to AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, we hope to produce value in two ways: by advocating on behalf of NTT faculty to encourage institutional administrators to provide robust teaching and learning resources, and to place practical tools for teaching and learning directly into the hands of NTT faculty. We intend to provide more opportunities for NTT faculty to benefit professionally as they make the most of the time they have with their students and approach their courses in high-impact ways.

LEAP for Instructors provides a primer for applying some key LEAP components—AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes, high-impact practices, and VALUE rubrics—to course design and teaching. This guide will provide a basic introduction to LEAP materials as an entree to a number of case studies and sample assignments or syllabi shared by faculty who are working or have worked as part-time instructors. The materials are intended for peer-mentoring—showing how instructors are using ELOs, HIPs, VALUE rubrics, or other pedagogical practices to align their teaching intention with their students’ experience and outcomes. We hope these examples will inspire and inform your own efforts to offer a high-quality educational experience for your students. Download the LEAP for Instructors primer and the individual case studies using the tabs on the left-hand side of this page.