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Welcome to the Online Teaching Library! 


Did you know that the Academy offers free workshops to help online students master the content of certain classes?

It's true! Many online classes have associated workshops, where students can get additional help with course content. 

  • Workshops are presented in a variety of formats, and many offer live online meetings for real-time conversations with a tutor. (Online meetings are also recorded for on-demand viewing.)
  • Online students who live in the Bay Area also have the option of attending workshops on campus.
  • In most cases, students can submit work for review and critique by the workshop instructor.

Learn More

  • Check out the Workshops page to see which courses have associated workshops.

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In the event of a natural disaster, instructors can play a crucial role in supporting online students living in affected areas.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Your director will reach out to you to let you know which of your students live in the impacted area.
  • Please check in with these students to see if they need special support, and encourage them to contact their advisors and/or the Online Help Desk.
  • If any of these students have not participated in class by the end of the current module, please alert your department.
  • Since this situation constitutes an excused absence under the Academy’s policy, we ask that you please make accommodations for any students in your classes who are affected.
    • The simplest way to do this is to extend the closing dates for your current topics to allow these students extra time in which to post their work (Learn more: Setting Up Your Topics). Please note that assignment posts made after the due date but before the closing date will be marked as "Late," but it's always up to you to determine whether or not any penalty should apply to work marked late.
    • Learn more: The Academy's policy on Excused Lateness in Online Classes offers guidelines on how best to work with these students. In particular, we recommend setting clear deadlines for making up missed work.

If you live in an affected area yourself, please contact your department as soon as possible. Your director may need to make arrangements for a temporary substitute, if you are unable to teach your class.

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Where, oh where, can that policy be?

Finding the Academic Honesty Policy (which is part of the Student Code of Conduct) on the Academy's main website can take a bit of digging. (It's here, by the way:

So we've made it easier! On the Course Home / Syllabus page for any online class, you will find a "Policies" tab (see the screenshot, above). Open it, and you'll see subsections for the University Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty.

Here's what it says:

University Code of Conduct

The Academy of Art University is committed to upholding its policies regarding student conduct. By enrolling at the University, students agree to abide by the policies as outlined in the University Code of Conduct, which can be found in the catalog, in the Enrollment Agreement and on the Academy of Art University website. This includes, but is not limited to, the expectations of professional behavior, proper classroom etiquette, attending and participating in all classes. All works, written and visual, must be the student's own creations. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated.

Academic Honesty

The Academy community, in order to fulfill its purposes, must maintain high standards of academic honesty and model clear standards of professional behavior for its students. All members of the Academy community are expected to exhibit honesty in their academic work. The principle of academic honesty is understood to include the writing of papers, reports, quizzes, and examinations, as well as the creation of art and design work. Students are expected to participate fully in their academic studies by contributing their own ideas and understanding to each assignment. All material submitted for credit must be original work created for a specific assignment. Students may not resubmit work created for previous or concurrent courses taken at the Academy or any other institution unless permission is given by the instructor or department. The Academy addresses violations of this academic honesty policy on an individual basis. Academic honesty violations may be grounds for suspension or dismissal on an individual basis.


All art and design work, and all written work, must be the original work of the student. Any quotations, paraphrases, or direct appropriation of imagery or ideas from source material must be properly cited according to university, departmental, and/or instructor policy. Any student who plagiarizes will receive a grade of "F" for that assignment, with no opportunity to do the assignment again. All plagiarism offenses will be reported to the Department Director and to the Educational Services Office. Plagiarism is a violation of the Academy's Academic Honesty Policy and may be grounds for suspension or dismissal from the Academy. This policy constitutes an official warning to each student.


Cheating is defined as accepting or giving aid to another during a written exam or for a written report unless authorized by the instructor, or accepting or giving aid to another for an individual studio project unless authorized by the instructor. This includes representing another person's work, as one's own, or buying or selling written or visual work to be turned in for a class. Cheating also includes dependence on sources other than those specifically authorized by the instructor; possession of tests or other materials before such materials have been distributed by the instructor, unless prior permission is granted; failing to abide by the instructions of the instructor with respect to test-taking procedures; influencing or attempting to influence any University official, faculty member or employee responsible for processing grades, evaluating students or for maintaining academic records through the use of bribery, threats, or any other means of coercion in order to affect a student's grade or evaluation; alteration or misuse of University documents pertaining to academic records.

What if...?

This is part of a new series of posts addressing Common Teaching Problems (and their solutions). I hope you find them helpful!

If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed in this series, please post a comment, below, or drop me a line (

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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