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Teaching online this summer? This checklist will help keep you on track!


  • Summer classes begin Monday, June 24.
  • Summer Art Experience classes begin Monday, July 1 
  • Download the Online Module Calendar.

#1 — Get familiar with the Academy's Online Teaching Standards.

(star) Our teaching standards have been updated for Summer 2019, so please make sure you are familiar with the current expectations

Review the full list of Standards for Online Instructors and download the rubric to help you assess your own effectiveness as an online instructor.

#2 – Review the most recent updates to the online learning system.


Online Education has developed Classes, an app for students and faculty, where they can check all things Academy-related. The Classes app includes the campus shuttle schedule, along with course information, online classrooms and student grades. Download the app for iOS or Android today — and tell your students about it!

#3 – Review the Workday requirements for reporting your hours (for part-time employees only).

#4 – Plan your time.

(star)PLEASE NOTE: This semester, Thursday, July 4, is a holiday. Online classes resume on Friday, July 5.

#5 – Clarify and post your expectations.

(star) New requirements for all online instructors:

  • Post your Online Office Hours.

  • Introduce your course content — and get students excited about your class!

    Students feel more invested — and work harder — when they understand how taking your class will change their lives for the better.

    To energize your students, the Academy is requiring that as part of your initial welcome and greeting all online instructors explain the learning outcomes of the class in your own words. Help students understand the relevance and value of your course: show them the big picture! Tell them why you care about this material — and why they should care.

    Here are a few things to think about as you formulate your comments:

    • How will students be different at the end of this class — i.e., what skills and knowledge will they have then that they don't have now? What will they have achieved by the end of the semester?
    • How will the course content be useful and relevant to students' future development and/or careers?
    • How do you use the content of this course in your own professional practice?

Be sure your posted policies/expectations also include:

#6 – Make your class student-ready.

#7 – Get students talking.

#8 – Take care of administrative tasks.

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

#10 – Get some support.

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