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Welcome to the Online Teaching Library! 


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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Do you have online students who could use some extra help with language and writing?

Many online classes include a Language & Writing Support topic. These topics are posted in classes that have been designated for English-language support, and they provide a space where a specialized language instructor can work directly with your students. This is a remarkable service that the Academy offers!

The problem is that students sometimes don't find the Language & Writing Support topic — and so don't use this service.

Here's how you can help to make sure that more of your students take advantage of language support:

  • Click the edit link next to the Language & Writing Support topic.

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  • Set its module association to Module 1. This will make the topic appear in the Outline under Module 1, which makes it much easier for students to find.

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  • Then edit the closing date of the topic and set it for the last day of the semester. This ensures that the topic will remain available to students for the full semester.

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  • Then click submit, and you're done!

Now when you look at your Outline, you'll notice that the Language & Writing Support topic is listed with the Discussion Topics for Module 1. 

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Please Note: Support Instructors cannot make changes to topics in the classes they support. As the instructor, you must make these updates.

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  • If you have students who are in danger of failing your class due to language-related difficulties, please contact Chantelle Ferguson, Director of Online Language Support, ( to request that a support instructor be added to your class
  • Adding a module association is also a helpful way to make sure that new online students find the Welcome topic in your online class, along with any informational topics you post throughout the semester.

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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 post 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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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