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Welcome to the Academy's Library of Teaching Resources!

Library Overview

This library provides resources to support effective teaching at the Academy of Art University.

It is divided into three sections: Resources For ALL Instructors, Resources For ONSITE Instructors, and Resources For ONLINE Instructors. You will find a wide range of materials here, including:

  • guidelines, tutorials, checklists, cheat-sheets, sample files, and other supplemental teaching materials
  • a schedule of Upcoming Teacher Training Workshops and links to recordings of past workshops
  • a blog about online teaching

     Click here to see the latest post...

    You might have noticed...

    The semester is over, but you still need to get in touch with a couple of your students. You open the Mailbox to compose your message, but when you try to use the “Select Recipients” option from the new message interface, you find that your class is no longer listed on the drop-down. Grrr! What can you do?

    First, keep in mind that the “Select Recipients” drop-down only works between the official start and end dates of a semester. And it only displays your class lists for the active semester.

    But what if you want to...

    • Send a message to a student after the semester has ended?
    • Send a message to a student before the semester begins?
    • Contact a student from a past semester?

    Here's the trick:

    You need to begin on the Roster page for the class in which the student is enrolled.

    From there you can use the “Message All Students” button, or you can use the envelope icon to send a message to an individual student. 

    (warning) Caveat: Once you have clicked the button to send your message, the system does not return you to either the Roster or to the main Mailbox page. Instead, your message page stays open, so you might think that the message wasn't sent! It was, but you will need to check your list of Sent messages to be sure.

    Learn more...

    Online Mailbox

    RETURN TO:  Online Teaching Library  |  Blog


Below is an index to help you find what you're looking for. You can also navigate using the Space Shortcuts and the Page Tree on the left. Or use the Search tool to explore further. (Learn more about what's available here by watching our tutorial.)

TOPICfor ALL Instructorsfor ONLINE Instructorsfor ONSITE Instructors
Teaching StandardsTeaching Expectations & StandardsStandards for Online Instructors
((star)UPDATED Spring 2019(star))
Standards for Onsite Instructors
Getting Ready to Teach

(star) Online Teaching Checklist — Summer 2019 (COMING SOON!)

Presenting ContentUsing 'Sticky' Ideas to Create Memorable Lectures & DiscussionsBuilding an Online Class
Engaging StudentsEngaging Your Absent / Silent / Invisible Online StudentsEncouraging Student Engagement
Feedback & CritiqueFeedback & CritiquesOnline Critique & FeedbackCritiques that Keep Students Engaged
GradingGrading OnlineGrading Student Work
Best PracticesOnline Teaching Tips & Best Practices
Teaching ChallengesClassroom Teaching Challenges
Support for StudentsThe AAU Classes app includes the campus shuttle schedule, along with course information, online classrooms and student grades. Download for iOS or Android.

About the Editor

Jenny Michael
Associate Director, Faculty Evaluation & Coaching

I’ve been training and supporting online teachers at the Academy since 2004. In 2018, I began working with onsite instructors, as well. My focus is on ensuring the success of our teachers. 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 managed the online mentoring program — and I have taught online myself. 

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.

Want to get in touch with me? Here's how:

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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