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Welcome to the Academy Teaching Library! 


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.

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The end is in sight!

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Key Dates

  • The Spring 2018 semester ends on SATURDAY, May 26one day earlier than the usual end of a module. Please make sure you alert your students. You can also choose to extend the due and close dates of your assignments to give your students an extra day to submit their work, if you like.

  • Part-time instructors must submit their final hours for the semester by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018. (Learn more: Reporting your hours in Workday)

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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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. 

Best Practice: Use the Comments box to make a note of the original grade, as a means of documenting the grade change. 

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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, 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