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Teaching online this fall? This checklist will help keep you on track.
(Classes began Thursday, 9/6. Fall Art Experience classes begin Saturday, October 6.) 

(star) IMPORTANT (star)  Our thoughts are with our students and their families impacted by Hurricane Florence. If you have students who are affected by the storm, please make every effort to reach out and support them.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Your director may contact you to let you know which of your students live in the impacted area. We would also suggest that you post an announcement, asking student to let you know if they anticipate being affected by the storm.
  • Please check in with these students to see if they need special support, and encourage them to contact their advisors and/or the Online Help Desk. Be aware that our Advising staff is also doing outreach to these students.
  • If any of these students have not participated in class by the end of the Module 1, please alert your department.
  • Since this situation constitutes an excused absence under the Academy’s policy, we ask that you please make accommodations for any students in your classes who are affected.
    • The simplest way to do this is to extend the closing dates for your current topics to allow these students extra time in which to post their work (Learn more: Setting Up Your Topics). Please note that assignment posts made after the due date but before the closing date will be marked as "Late," but it's always up to you to determine whether or not any penalty should apply to work marked late.
    • Learn more: The Academy's policy on Excused Lateness in Online Classes offers guidelines on how best to work with these students. In particular, we recommend setting clear deadlines for making up missed work.

If you live in an affected area yourself, please contact your department as soon as possible. Your director may need to make arrangements for a temporary substitute, if you are unable to teach your class.

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 Online Module Calendar for this semester.

(star)(star) PLEASE NOTE: This semester, the Thanksgiving holiday runs from Thursday, November 22, through Sunday, November 25.

#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.

  • Familiarize yourself with the features of The Gradebook

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

#10 – Get some support.

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