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Teaching online this spring? This checklist will help keep you on track.

(Summer classes begin Monday, June 24. Summer Art Experience classes begin Monday, July 1. See the Online Module Calendar for details.) 

(star) CRITICAL (star)  #1 — Get familiar with the Academy's UPDATED Online Teaching Standards.

Our teaching standards were revised for Summer 2019, so please make sure you are familiar with the current expectations

Starting this semester, there has been an adjustment to the instructor attendance requirements:

Online instructors are expected to enter course section(s) a minimum of six (6) days a week, and leave public evidence of presence each of those days. 

As part of this six-days-a-week requirement, the Academy now requires online instructors to log in and spend a minimum of one hour every Wednesday and one hour every Saturday, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in their respective time zones, engaging with all of their online classes. (Please note that this new requirement is for a minimum of one hour of participation each Wednesday and each Saturday — not one hour per section on each of these days.)

Reminder: By the end of Module 1, online instructors are required to post the days and times when they will be working in each online class; these working hours must now include the one-hour minimum on Wednesdays and the one-hour minimum on Saturdays.

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.

Do you have our app?

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.

Review & download the Online Module Calendar for this semester. And please take note of the new requirements for online participation, described above and in the Standards for Online Instructors.

(star)PLEASE NOTE: This semester, Spring Break runs from Sunday, March 24, through Friday, March 29. Online classes resume on Monday, April 1.

#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.

  • Contact Jenny Michael (; 415-618-3547) to make an appointment for one-on-one support.

  • Post a question (as a Comment, below).

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