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Online Education has made a small change to the assignment grading interface.

When you need change the grade for an assignment from an earlier module, you may see this new drop-down, requiring you to specify the reason for the grade change.

This update is part of the new online gradebook, which we are piloting this spring in a limited number of courses. The gradebook will be rolling out in additional online classes in Summer and Fall 2018. 

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Students are not expected to be present in online classes during spring break (March 25-30) or during the spring holiday (April 1), and neither are instructors.

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During spring break and the spring Holiday, you should not perform any “In-class” teaching work, as there are no classes scheduled during this period.

If you wish to perform “other work” on your online class during Spring Break, please check with your director first. Department directors must determine whether or not a class requires the instructor to perform “other work” over the break. Without your director's permission, you may not perform any work during the break.

If your director gives you permission to perform "Other Work," you must report your hours in Workday, as usual.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

  • Module 7 ends a day early — on Saturday, March 24, rather than on Sunday. However, you may extend the deadline for your Module 7 assignments, if you like. You can even give students extra time over the break to complete assignments. Simply extend the deadline for your assignments by editing the assignment topics. (Learn more: Setting Up Your Topics)
  • Module 8 begins on Monday, April 2.
  • If students post questions during the break, you are not expected to respond until Module 8 begins on Monday, April 2. You might consider posting an announcement to remind your students of the Spring Break schedule and to let them know you won't be checking your class during this time.

Enjoy your time off!


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In Spring 2018, we will be offering a series of workshops for online instructors.

Here's what's coming up in February:

  • Online Tools for Critiques (using the Notes tool for critiquing images and videos)
  • Teaching in your Online Office (learn how to use Adobe Connect to meet with your students in real time)
  • New Online Instructor Q&A

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  • Visit the Teaching Workshops page to see the complete workshop schedule and learn how to attend.

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Teaching Library Overview

In this library, you will find a wide range of resources to support your work as an online instructor at the Academy of Art University, including:

  • supplemental teaching materials, including tutorials, checklists, cheat-sheets, sample files, and more.

Learn more about what's available here by watching our tutorial.

The Online Teaching Library will grow over time, so please check back often to see what's new here. 

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About Me

Jenny Michael
Associate Director, Instructional Review & Improvement

I’ve been training and supporting online teachers at the Academy since 2004. My focus is on ensuring the success of our online instructors, and my work overlaps with that of Faculty Development in many ways. I've developed numerous resources for online instructors, including trainings on Course Development and Teaching Online, workshops (online and in-person), along with this library of teaching materials. I also created and manage the online coaching program — and I'm an online instructor myself. (I developed and occasionally teach the online French class.)

I earned a Ph.D. in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. My particular areas of interest are in traditional art and other aspects of material culture, including foodways, dress and adornment. I also hold a Master's degree from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. from Stanford University. I have taught numerous courses in folklore, anthropology, American studies, and writing at various institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Drexel University, Indiana University, University of San Francisco, and U.C. Berkeley.

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  1. This is great Jenny! I love the new organization and the recent postings...thanks and I look forward to checking in during the fall. Also really like the suggestions about wrapping up the semester.well. Great picture of you as well!

  2. I'm glad you like the changes, Christine! And thanks for the heads-up about the access issues. I don't understand what the problem is but will check back with our tech guru to see if we can figure this out...

  3. I think we have sorted out the issue! If anyone is still having problems seeing the images here, please post a comment or drop me an email: Thanks!

  4. Nice, visual approach here! I love the ability to get the headlines or dig deeper. Constantly evolving. (smile)



  5. Nice work on the revised Layout and design Jenny. It's great to have immediate access for all of the newest content. With such a wealth of information keeping it organized makes all the difference, you're amazing!

  6. I love this! Really great visuals and wonderful information! 

  7. Jenny, thank you for the suggestions about inviting student feedback.  I have always done this but from a narrower perspective.  Just putting it out there and asking directly, " How can I do better?" is great!  In the interest of full disclosure, I used your questions and created a new topic that will be open for Modules 14 and 15.  


    1. I will be interested to know how that works for you, Ellie!

  8. I too appreciate the idea of inviting student feedback. I know they grade us in their own way and understanding their perceptions has to help one teach better. I wish I had done that directly in my classes last semester on site. Instead, I just tried to wheedle it out of them....

  9. I love all this information because help me to understand what to expect from the instructors! Such a great resource!
    Thank you Jennifer!

  10. Hello everyone, I am just playing around with the new interface to get familiar with it.

    Unfortunately the Markup window stays blank and nothing happens with the page, the only way is to click back to the previous page. I am on a Mac using Safari. Does anyone else got the same problem? Can you offer solution or suggestions?

    Thank you,


  11. Hello just getting started here but I see the 24 hour support will help me sleep well