C. Edward Watson

C. Edward Watson

Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director for Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation

Dr. C. Edward Watson is the Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation. He leads the association’s state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student learning and guides AAC&U’s agenda to advance educational quality initiatives within institutions, state systems, and state-based consortia. He also directs AAC&U's Institute on ePortfolios, the Institute on Open Educational Resources, and the Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios and co-directs the Institute on General Education and Assessment and the Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment. Additional areas of interest include curricular and pedagogical improvement efforts, and he is leading the development of assignment design tools which align with AAC&U's VALUE rubrics.

Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Watson was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia (UGA) where he led university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, student learning outcomes assessment, learning technologies, media production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He also taught a range of courses on College Teaching, Student Learning, and Course Design. He continues to serve as a Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education at UGA.

Dr. Watson is the founding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio, the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is on the board of directors for the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning and the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-based Learning. His most recent books are Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave MacMillan).

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching and Learning
  • High Impact Practices
  • Faculty Development
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Digital Learning
  • ePortfolios/documenting learning
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Institutional Change
  • General education reform and assessment
  • Experiential learning
  • Integrative learning