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Welcome to the Online Teaching Library! 

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Make your students happy

by getting your final grades in on time!

Key Dates

  • The Spring 2017 semester ends on SATURDAY, May 27one day early. Please remind your online students about this earlier-than-usual deadline, so no one gets caught unawares.

Wrapping Up — and Looking Ahead

You might find it helpful to review these blog posts, which provide guidance on crucial end-of-semester tasks and issues:

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We’re delighted to announce the addition of several drawing tools to the “Notes” critiquing interface.

Beginning in May 2017, freehand drawing, straight line/arrow, rectangle, and ellipse tools are available in Notes. These new tools enhance your options for marking up student images.

 Watch the tutorial...

Please Keep in Mind:

  • Notes also lets you annotate students’ images by adding callouts, along with text, audio, or video commentary.

     Watch the original "Notes" tutorial...

  • Mobile-Friendly! You can create Notes markup on your smartphone or tablet! (Or your computer, of course.)
  • Notes will eventually replace the old Flash-based Whiteboard. However, the Whiteboard will not be eliminated until Notes offers all the same features that the Whiteboard does. (So you can expect more updates to Notes!) In the meantime, the Whiteboard will continue to be available to you.


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You've noticed!

A carousel highlighting Academy news, special events, featured programs, and other resources has just been added to the Home page. The carousel can contain videos, documents, or links to Academy news and events. (This is Phase 2 of the Home page redesign.)

Click any thumbnail to open the push-down viewer and watch the video:

Have suggestions for the carousel?

Go to to fill out a request.

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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