Free Online Learning Opportunities for Members

These online learning events are free to anyone at a member institution. Nonmember pricing is $139. If you are uncertain of your membership status, please contact us at acui@acui.org.

Institutional Response to COVID-19 Around the World | March 31, 11 a.m. Eastern

Hear from a panel of student affairs professionals around the world about how different institutions and countries are responding to COVID-19. Please note, the registration for this program will be done through ACPA.

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About the Presenters

Dan Foley is the assistant director of facilities at Northwestern University.

Damian Media is from Duke Kunshan University in China.

Paul Moriarty is the head of student experience, chair of student affairs at a university in Ireland.

Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo is from American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Saloshni Pillay is director student counselling at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and president of the Southern African Federation of Student Affairs and Services.

Dr. Birgit Schreiber serves at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She has worked in higher education for the past 24 years across the African continent in a variety of leadership positions. She has also served and read at universities in Europe and the United States. She serves on the executive of various national and international professional organizations, including the Southern African Federation (SAFSAS) and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), for which she served as the Africa Chair and now as the vice president.

Robert Shea is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University. His research and teaching has embraced career development, experiential learning, higher education leadership, and adult education. His most recent publication is entitled Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education. His university service includes leadership roles as president of national and international associations, including the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services Association (IASAS).

Andrea Strachan is from the University of Queensland in Australia.

Resources for Developing Your Online Training | April 1, 1 p.m. Eastern

This webinar applies to professionals creating e-learning in a variety of contexts within the college union and student affairs field. Participants will learn where they can find resources for improving e-learning, best practices for online training, and trends in this area. If you would like to start offering online training or improve your existing online training, plan to participate.

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About the Presenter

Scarlett Winters is the online engagement specialist for ACUI. She has been working in the field of e-learning in higher education and professional development for over a decade. She has a Master’s of Science in adult education and is currently working on her dissertation for an Ed.D. in instructional systems technology at Indiana University.

Tenant Agreements and Rental Space | April 2, 4 p.m. Eastern

This roundtable, moderated by Tamsen Burke at San Jose State University, will allow participants to discuss types and purposes of tenant and rental space agreements. If you plan to attend, please complete this spreadsheet will your institution's information; this will act as a springboard of the discussion.

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Facilities Management and COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable | April 3, 3 p.m. Eastern

This roundtable will provide a space for student affairs professionals in the areas of campus housing, recreation, and student unions to come together and discuss facilities management issues that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The networked approach of this program is designed to provide an opportunity for us to leverage our collective knowledge across and between functional areas.

This webinar is brought you, in partnership, by ACUI, ACUHO-I, and NIRSA. Please note that registration and communication about this webinar will be done through ACUHO-I.

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Bridging Theory and Practice with ACUI: How to Get Started with Research | April 8, 1 p.m. Eastern

Interested in starting a research project but unsure where to start? Whether you are a graduate student or senior leader, this online learning program covers how to lay the groundwork for starting a research project through developing your research questions. The process is simpler and more easily achievable than most may think. This program will also present current gaps in research in the fields of college unions and student activities that are identified in ACUI’s Research Agenda. Attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate as a group.

This online learning program is part of an ongoing series hosted by ACUI’s Research Program Team. With a format that is part-lecture, part-roundtable, this series aims to build community among aspiring scholar-practitioners and to provide resources to make assessment, evaluation and research more approachable to all members of the association.

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About the Presenters

Dr. Kim Haines is the director of student union and activities at The College art Brockport and recently completed her Ed.D. at Northeastern University. She is also a long-time member of ACUI’s Research Program Team.

Positioning Your Company as an Inclusive Business Leader | April 16, Noon Eastern

Campuses have increased their expectations related to the socially just business practices of the companies they use. As a corporate partner, it is important to anticipate campuses asking about everything from labor practices to how raw materials are sourced. Additionally, students and other stakeholders will look critically at the way your organization interacts with customers, its marketing, and its leadership related to inclusion. This program will help ACUI associate members understand their business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion to better connect with campus teams.

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About the Presenter

Kathy Obear, Ed.D., is the president and founder of the Center for Transformation & Change. Obear has more than 30 years of experience in creating inclusive environments. In addition to writing three books, she has facilitated training sessions and consulted to top leaders at hundreds of universities and corporations across the United States and internationally with a goal to increase competence and commitment to create inclusive, socially just environments for all members of the organization.

Equitable and Inclusive Policies and Procedures | April 16, 2 p.m. Eastern

Who are specific policies and procedures intended to support and who might they marginalize? Who might have been overlooked as the protocols were developed? What can be modified to better address the needs of these groups? Participants will leave this webinar with approaches to better answer these questions when creating and analyzing campus practices, all with a goal of more inclusive and equitable policies and procedures.

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About the Presenter

Kathy Obear, Ed.D., is the president and founder of the Center for Transformation & Change. Obear has more than 30 years of experience in creating inclusive environments. In addition to writing three books, she has facilitated training sessions and consulted to top leaders at hundreds of universities and corporations across the United States and internationally with a goal to increase competence and commitment to create inclusive, socially just environments for all members of the organization.

Upcoming Online Courses

ACUI offers online courses that allow you to obtain a badge or micro-credential to demonstrate competence in a specified skill set and receive recognition for continuing your education and advancing your career.

Courses cost $199 for members and $259 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is one week prior to start date.

Online Accessibility (Ongoing)

This training covers a variety of online communication methods, and how to make each more accessible. Covered topics include websites, PDFs, e-communications, and video.

This is a mini-course that only costs $99! This is a self-paced program, has no set dates, and does not require you to connect with faculty or peers. 

Please note, this course is structured so that students can participate as part of their virtual employment.

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Student Employee Supervision (April 1–May 31)

The purpose of student supervision training is to introduce you to a set of composite skills, knowledge, and behaviors that provides the basis and forms the foundation for successful professional practice in college union and student activities. The training is designed to help you develop your ability to interact with staff members and to manage staff resources in a consistent and equitable manner. By the end of this training, you will have acquired basic knowledge and understanding of student supervision within the college unions and student.

Please note, this course is structured so that students can participate as part of their virtual employment.

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Audio-Visual Bootcamp (TBD)

This training will provide easily accessible, important foundational knowledge concerning a variety of audio-visual equipment, including sound systems, data projection systems, and event technology. Participants will learn the basics concerning setup, use, maintenance, repair and replacement cycles, etc.

Content
  • Module 1: Audio 
  • Module 2: Video 
  • Module 3: Lighting 
  • Module 4A: Event Management & Customer Service 
  • Module 4B: Aesthetics & Safety 
  • Module 4C: Maintenance & Management

Subject Matter Experts
  • Bradley Plesz, Program Manager for Event Production, University Center and Event Services, University of Colorado–Colorado Springs
  • Stephen Snipes, Assistant Director for AV & Technical Services, University of North Carolina–Charlotte
Contracting (TBD)

This training will provide valuable content related to developing, negotiating, and executing contracts on behalf of a union at public and private institutions. Topics covered will include activities/events contracts, tenant agreements, facilities/service provider contracts, and banquet event orders, as well as signature authority, involving students, and mediation.

Subject Matter Experts
  • Jason Levy, Director, Student Centers & Conferences, Temple University
  • Zane Reif, Senior Director, Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University
  • Susan Pile, Senior Director, University Unions and Auxiliary Services, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Find Out What to Expect from an Online Course
Attendance

Participants should complete the work in the week it is scheduled. Participants must reach out to the instructor of that module to request an exception.


Course Format

These courses consist of six to eight weeks of online learning. Some aspects are asynchronous (done on your own time) and some are synchronous (done as a class).

Courses includes high engagement, not only with the content, but also with your peers and faculty. Assignments and knowledge checks are included throughout the course. In addition to reading and viewing content, students will engage in class discussions through discussion boards and attend regularly scheduled virtual classroom sessions in real time. These virtual classroom sessions will be recorded for those for whom attendance is not possible.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and digital badge.


Method of Evaluation and Grading Policy

The final grade will be based both on the assignments and participation. Participation includes completion of all aspects of the course, full participation in the discussions, and attendance or viewing of virtual classroom sessions. Faculty will grade all assignments and provide feedback.


Netiquette Expectations

It is expected that all participants actively participate in the Discussion Board and Virtual Classroom and that all participants are respectful to each other and adhere to all ACUI policies.


Prerequisite/Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for courses, but a computer with high-speed Internet connection will be required to submit and participate in course activities. A webcam is strongly encouraged for virtual classroom meetings.


Program Evaluation and Feedback

You will be contacted mid-course to collect feedback on your experience with the course. You will also be able to fill out the survey at the end of the course with opinions on the program and suggestions on how we can improve going forward. Please take notes as you go through this program and share with us your perspective on how we can better serve you in future.