Blog from January, 2018

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Carlo Scarpa's Italian pavilion courtyard, Biennale, Venice 1951-52

Let's face it: it can be challenging to ensure that your whole class starts the semester on the same page — that everyone knows what you expect of them and how their work will be graded.

You've done your due diligence by formulating your class policies and posting them where students can't miss them. You've explained how you will handle late homework and what they should do in case of a personal crisis or natural disaster.

But, as the saying goes, you can lead a student to the policies but you can't make her read! So what to do? 

Interior Architecture & Design instructor Mary Ferroggiaro has a tip. When she posts her class policies, she adds an extra-credit task at the end of the list. It's a sneaky way to see if students are actually reading the policies. For example:

Whew!! You made it through the whole thing! I appreciate you taking the time to read the important information given in this information topic, and as a reward for your hard work, I will give extra credit points to every student who posts the following information within this topic: My favorite architect is Carlo Scarpa. Tell me: 1) Where is he from? 2) Name one of his notable projects. 3) Attach an image of the notable project that you named.

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Getting ready to teach online this spring? (Classes begin Monday, 2/5.) This checklist will help you prepare.

Do you have our app?

Online Education has developed Classes, an updated app for students and faculty, where they can check all things Academy-related. As of January 2018, the Classes app now includes the shuttle schedule previously found on the Student/Campus app, along with course information, online classrooms and student grades. Download the app for iOS or Android today — and tell your students about it!

#1 – Review the most recent updates to the online learning system.

#2 – Get familiar with the Academy's Online Teaching Standards.

New standards were established in Spring 2017, so make sure you are familiar with the current expectations. Review the list and download the rubric to help you assess your own effectiveness as an online instructor.

#3 – Review the Workday requirements for reporting your hours (for part-time employees only).

#4 – Plan your time: Review & download the spring Online Module Calendar.

(star)(star) PLEASE NOTE: This semester, Module 15 ends a day early, on Saturday, May 26.

Spring Break runs from Sunday, March 25, through Sunday, April 1.

#5 – Clarify and post your expectations.

#6 – Make your class student-ready.

#7 – Get students talking

#8 – Take care of administrative tasks.

  • Update your contact information in WorkDay.

  • Contact HR ( to update your contact information in the Academy's official record.

  • Set up Easy Grade Pro with your new class roster.

#9 – Set up an online office (optional).

#10 – Get some support.

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The Online Education Department is always working to improve the Academy's online learning system.

Over the past semester, we have added the final tools to the Notes critiquing interface, including video markup, a curved line tool, and enhanced navigation

The completion of the Notes tools means that the old Flash-based whiteboard is no longer available. Students will still be able to view markup their instructors made with the whiteboard in past semesters, but the whiteboard can no longer be used for new critiques.

If you've been away from online teaching for more than a semester, you might want to check out these posts, as well:

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For Spring 2018, we have added video mark-up to the Notes critiquing interface.

Please watch this brief tutorial to learn more...

Please Note:

  • In addition to frame-by-frame visual markup, you can use video and audio recording tools to comment on individual frames.
  • The video mark-up tool currently supports videos in mp4, flv, mov, webm, and avi formats. Please contact the Online Help Desk, if your students are submitting videos in a format that is not on this list.

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From now on, the old Flash-based whiteboard will no longer be available. Students will still be able to view markup their instructors made with the whiteboard in past semesters, but the whiteboard can no longer be used for new critiques.

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