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Welcome to the Academy Teaching Library! 



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

Recent updates include the addition of video mark-up to the "Notes" critiquing tools and — most especially — the launch of the new online Gradebook!

Reminder: 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. Instead, you can use the Notes critiquing interface for marking up your students' images and video. Learn moreTools for Online Critiques

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

RETURN TO:  Online Teaching Library  |  Blog

Getting ready to teach online this summer? (Summer classes begin Monday, 6/25. Summer Art Experience classes begin Monday, July 2.) 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 summer Online Module Calendar.

(star)(star) PLEASE NOTE: This semester, Wednesday, July 4, is a holiday.

#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, if needed.

  • Set up Easy Grade Pro with your new class roster. OR, if your class is using The Gradebook, familiarize yourself with its features. 

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

#10 – Get some support.

RETURN TO:  Online Teaching Library  |  Blog

You've been asking for it for years, and it's now on the horizon: the Academy's new online gradebook!

Online Education is proud to announce that our online gradebook will be rolled out in online classes in the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters. In Spring 2018, we piloted the gradebook in a limited set of courses, both online and onsite, in order to test its tools and make adjustments in response to instructors' feedback. Now it's ready for prime-time!

Why did we need a gradebook?

  • It has been one of our online instructors' most wished-for features for many years!
  • Most online learning systems are built around a gradebook. Since the Academy didn’t build ours that way, we are now integrating a gradebook into our system.
  • Easy Grade Pro — which many of our instructors have long used to track their grades — is being retired. OS upgrades may soon mean that it no longer works for your system.

What will the gradebook do for you?

  • The gradebook eliminates the need to track your grades with an external system like Easy Grade Pro.
  • It will calculate students’ overall progress grades, based on the grades you enter — along with the scores from tests and progress questions that are graded automatically by the online learning system. You can adjust these calculated progress grades, as needed, before submission.
  • The gradebook will prompt you to grade any assignments you missed.
  • The grades matrix will show you an overview of grades for your whole class, allowing you to identify patterns and possible problems.
  • You will be able to assign grades for participation and other behaviors not directly connected with the submission of work.
  • The gradebook provides a visual representation of student performance.
These examples show pie charts (part of the grade calculation display) for students receiving different progress grades, from A to F. Each pie chart represents two things about the student's grade:
  • The percentage of the overall grade represented by each category (indicated by the size of the slice)
  • Performance in each category so far this semester (indicated by how much of the slice is colored in)


When will you be able to use the gradebook?

After our Spring 2018 gradebook pilot, we will roll out the gradebook in additional online classes in Summer and Fall 2018. If your online class is included in the rollout, Online Education staff will be in touch with you about training and other support, well in advance of the start of the semester.

The timing of the gradebook rollout in onsite classes is still to be determined. Talk with your director if you are interested in using the gradebook in your onsite class.

RETURN TO:  Online Teaching Blog  |  Academy Teaching Library



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, Faculty Evaluation & Coaching

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