Free Online Learning Opportunities for Members

These online learning events are free to anyone at a member institution. Nonmember pricing is $50. If you are uncertain of your membership status, please contact us at acui@acui.org.

Upcoming Webinars

CliftonStrengths as a Pathway Toward Celebrating Difference | October 27, 3 p.m. Eastern

This program is for anyone who has at least a basic understanding of CliftonStrengths. The seminar will begin with an overview of CliftonStrengths and its positive psychological foundation. As the seminar progresses, attendees will have an opportunity to consider the value that is found in learning about the strengths of others through curious and active listening. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to leverage these Strengths conversations as a pathway toward acknowledging and celebrating difference. 

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About the Presenter 

Isaac Barber is a Gallup-certified strengths coach and experienced business professional who has served in higher education and student affairs for over 11 years. Barber earned a Bachelor of Science in business management (focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology) and a Master of Arts in education (focusing on higher education administration) from Virginia Tech. In his current role as the associate director for event services at the University of Connecticut, Barber oversees all areas of event scheduling, consulting, policy management and compliance, and on-site event and customer support, including audio and video services. Barber has been an active member with ACUI for a number of years, and he always highlights his IPDS experience in 2013 as the time when he began to feel less like a visitor, and more fully engaged as a part of the ACUI professional community and family.

Student Mental Health Challenges During and After COVID-19 | November 3, 2 p.m. Eastern

What mental health challenges are students facing during and post-COVID-19, and what can their peers do to help each other and connect each other with resources. A representative of Active Minds and a student affairs professional with student-led mental health advocacy experience discuss this topic based on what they are seeing and hearing on campuses. 

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About the Presenter 

Amy Gatto is interested in the relationship between health and education. Blending together her experiences as a former high school teacher, higher education health educator, and young adult health researcher, she has found a niche in working to improve adolescent and young adult mental health. She holds a Master in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and serves as a senior campus program manager at Active Minds.

Mental Heath Series: Meditation with Richard | November 4, 1 p.m. Eastern

November is ACUI’s focus on mental health. Each week, we will have a flash session (30-minutes) focused on meditation. You will be guided through a meditation, learn more about meditation as a mental wellness tool, and share your favorite meditation apps. Join us for this series and find your calm.

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About the Presenter

Richard Cardona attended Saint Mary’s College of California's liberal arts-performing arts program. He discovered a passion for fitness and wellness early on. Cardona's leadership skills were honed in during his tenure in the top fitness brand of the United States, Equinox. He was a top tier trainer and was promoted to fitness training manager and a personal training manager both in New York City and Los Angeles, coaching and developing the personal training staff. Cardona fuses 25 years of fitness and wellness into his classes and in his role as manager of the Oasis Wellness Center. He holds various holistic certifications and is a 500-hour certified instructor through YogaWorks.

Mental Heath Series: Meditation Apps with Scarlett | November 9, 11:30 a.m. Eastern

November is ACUI’s focus on mental health. Each week, we will have a flash session (30-minutes) focused on meditation. You will be guided through a meditation, learn more about meditation as a mental wellness tool, and share your favorite meditation apps. Join us for this series and find your calm.

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Supporting Students Through Relationship Formation and Maintenance | November 17, 2 p.m.

In this session, participants will learn about the social and emotional benefits of fostering a strong and positive connection with faculty. This background will contextualize the recommendations and anecdotes that will provide participants insight into how they can best cultivate and maintain positive relationships with their students. Self-reflection will play an integral role in how faculty can better support the needs of their students. There will be designated time for participants to think about how the recommendations shared in this presentation may change or add to their approach with working with college students. Emphasis will be placed on recommendations that are research-based and effective for both in-person and online interactions. The presenter will clearly articulate how faculty can support students emotionally and mentally through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Boivin is an assistant professor of elementary and early childhood education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She is a former elementary school teacher who uses her past experience in the field to contextualize her instruction in teacher-preparation. Boivin's research specialization is in multicultural education and anti-racist pedagogy. She is the author of the book "Exploring the Role of the School Principal in Predominantly White Middle Schools: School Leadership to Promote Multicultural Understanding," which highlights an explanatory sequential mixed methods study she conducted to earn her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her book delineates the study through a Critical Race Theory framework with contemporary social justice considerations to emphasize necessary, future changes to truly dismantle racial segregation of schools in the United States.

Mental Heath Series: Meditation with Richard | November 18, 1 p.m. Eastern

November is ACUI’s focus on mental health. Each week, we will have a flash session (30-minutes) focused on meditation. You will be guided through a meditation, learn more about meditation as a mental wellness tool, and share your favorite meditation apps. Join us for this series and find your calm.

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About the Presenter

Richard Cardona attended Saint Mary’s College of California's liberal arts-performing arts program. He discovered a passion for fitness and wellness early on. Cardona's leadership skills were honed in during his tenure in the top fitness brand of the United States, Equinox. He was a top tier trainer and was promoted to fitness training manager and a personal training manager both in New York City and Los Angeles, coaching and developing the personal training staff. Cardona fuses 25 years of fitness and wellness into his classes and in his role as manager of the Oasis Wellness Center. He holds various holistic certifications and is a 500-hour certified instructor through YogaWorks.

Mental Heath Series: Meditation with Brandy | November 23, 1 p.m. Eastern

November is ACUI’s focus on mental health. Each week, we will have a flash session (30-minutes) focused on meditation. You will be guided through a meditation, learn more about meditation as a mental wellness tool, and share your favorite meditation apps. Join us for this series and find your calm.

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About the Presenter

Brandy Wanbaugh is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance-certified yoga and meditation teacher with experience leading classes for students from elementary age to seniors. She blends yogic philosophy with evidence-based techniques to create practices that are accessible for any experience level. She also brings an educational background in integrative health, human services, and addiction studies. 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Unpacking the Year | December 7, 11 a.m. Eastern
This roundtable discussion gives us the opportunity to reflect on and process all that happened in 2021. What went well? What didn’t? What was unexpected, and how well did we manage it? How did we manage our personal lives and professional lives this year? Let’s unpack all this and more together. 
How to Fix Your Training | December 15, 3 p.m. Eastern

If you had issues with training during this year, how do you fix them in trainings for the next semester? Join your fellow ACUI members to hear about experiences of other professionals and discuss together how to address issues in training. 

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About the Presenters
  • Kiefer Timman, Assistant Director, Operations, Temple University 
  • Adriane Reilly, M.Ed., Associate Director of Sykes Student Union, West Chester University 

Esports in the College Union Virtual Series

With the trend of collegiate esports programs finding homes in student unions, this series of online learning programs will provide ongoing discussion and learning for those currently connected to esports in their college union organization and those interested in learning more. For each of the sessions, a panel of invited guests with share their expert insights related to the topic, and then all attendees can participate in the discussion, ask questions, and seek advice.

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Coaching and Advising Esports Students | November 16, 1–2 p.m. Eastern

During this discussion, explore the topics of: how to build teams and engagement; involvement roles in groups beyond players; planning events and tournaments; and considerations for roles of staff advisors, coaches, and program managers.

Guest Experts Include:
  • Danny O'Connell, Esports Program Coordinator at University of Kansas
  • Trevor Whiton, Senior Activities Advisor at University of Washington
Equity and Inclusion in Collegiate Esports | December 14, 1–2 p.m. Eastern

Consider strategies to improve the culture and environment of esports on campus, including diversifying representation in your program; overcoming toxicity through cultural change and codes of conduct; and learning about esports initiatives and partnerships that support inclusion.

Guest Experts Include:

  • Rebecca Longawa, Collegiate & Esports Strategy at the*gameHERS
  • Tyler Ott, HBCU Esports League Commissioner at cxmmunity
  • Chris Peay, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at cxmmunity
  • Donna Walters, Founder of the California State University Esports Collective

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Series

The ACUI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Team and regional inclusivity coordinators have collaborated to develop a new monthly series aimed at addressing oppression and equipping members to create more inclusive spaces on college campuses. This monthly virtual series will focus on allyship and advocacy in action. Learn from experts, reflect on your own behaviors, and connect with colleagues on these important topics.

Through participation in the series, attendees will:

  • Be able to define and conceptualize key terms pertinent to anti-racism
  • Have increased knowledge and awareness of self, identity, culture, intersectionality, power, privilege and oppression
  • Be able to learn techniques for honest, respectful dialogue about race
  • Understand institutional, systemic forces of classism, sexism, homophobia, and systemic forms of oppression that intersect with racism

 

DEI Series

Students with Foster Care Experience

November 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern

Participants will hear from local community-based professionals/advocates about the barriers and outcomes faced by students with foster care experience, as well as other “unconnected” students, and gain insight into what local and U.S. federal programs exist to ensure the success of these students. With new and prospective legislative initiatives and changes to local, state, and federal policy, there is no better time for higher education professionals to examine how they can implement evidenced-based models of support for this unique and resilient student population. This presentation will culminate in a panel discussion between current and former student activists with lived experience in foster care. Come and learn from their experience and what advice they have for universities moving forward to embrace this population.

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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.

Mini-Courses

Mini-courses only cost $99 and are self-paced! You have up to six months from your registration to complete a course. There are no classes or peer-to-peer interaction.

In addition to the courses listed below that are now available, ACUI will offer the following mini-courses in 2021:

  • Programming and Event Planning
  • Event Operations
  • Event Risk Management
  • Understanding of Self, Identity, and Culture
  • Institutional Awareness and Communication of Social Justice
  • Social Justice Advocacy
Application of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Frameworks (Ongoing)

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Topics
  • Assessment, evaluation, and research methods for various campus populations
  • Historical development of assessment methods and implications for application based on campus populations
Objectives
  • Develop assessment, evaluation, and research tools to align with an institution’s priorities and values
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis
  • Demonstrate support of an institution’s accreditation priorities through assessment, evaluation, and research

Curriculum Development Team
  • Katie Wilson
  • Julie Fleming
  • Dan Maxwell
  • GC Brugnolo
  • Justin Camputaro
Data Collection & Use of Data (Ongoing)

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Objectives
  • Develop data collection strategies that complement methodology choices 
  • Employ privacy and equity when collecting and utilizing demographic data 
  • Accurately interpret data  
  • Align decision making with desired outcomes and use of critical thinking skills  
  • Write empirically based reports and recommendations  
  • Share data effectively to a wide variety of audiences 
  • Assist students in understanding the importance of assessment, evaluation, and research, and how these techniques can be used in their future work 

Topics
  • Software used for creating, implementing, and analyzing assessment, evaluation, and research projects 
  • Research methods and applications of assessment, evaluation, and research  
  • Correct use of assessment, evaluation, and research data to make decisions

Curriculum Development Team
  • Katie Wilson
  • Julie Fleming
  • Dan Maxwell
  • GC Brugnolo
  • Justin Camputaro
Fundraising and Alumni Development (ongoing)

Many college union professionals are now being asked to include fundraising and alumni development as a part of their financial plans. This course will offer some examples of successful techniques for fostering relationships from graduation to donor.

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Objective
  • Complete your comprehensive approach to a fundraising and alumni development campaign, including a case for support, marketing strategy, donor identification/ cultivation, fundraising platforms, and stewardship.

 Subject Matter Experts
  • Matt Burchett
  • Mark Guthier
Language and Use of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research (Ongoing)

This course will cover assessment-, evaluation-, and research-specific language, as well as the differences between assessment, evaluation, and research. This course is meant to provide an introduction to this skill set and provide learners with basic competency in this area. Further study is recommended for more advanced competency.

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Objectives
  • Understand when to use assessment, evaluation, or research methodologies based on data needed 
  • Develop working knowledge of various reasoning methodologies 
  • Ground assessment, evaluation, and research in relevant theory related to higher education and learning 
  • Incorporate student voice in the assessment, evaluation, and research design process 
  • Understand the importance of using assessment, evaluation, and research to support decisions, set priorities, and align with campus mission, vision, and values

Curriculum Development Team
  • Katie Wilson
  • Julie Fleming
  • Dan Maxwell
  • GC Brugnolo
  • Justin Camputaro
Legal Issues on the College Campus (ongoing)

This training is designed to provide a broad overview of legal issues impacting college union and student activities professionals.  Potential topics include diversity and inclusion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, Title IX, student organizations, as well as other areas.

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Objectives
  • Identify different legal issues faced on the college campus 
  • Identify legal issues your institution has faced in its history
  • Start processing the gray area of legal issues and how that affects you and others
  • Explore cases surrounding legal issues in higher education

Subject Matter Experts
  • Dave Barnes
  • Jeff Pelletier
  • Loren Israel
  • Jon Kappell
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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Research Ethics (Ongoing)

Topics covered will include ethical implications of assessment, evaluation, and research, such as human subject research, development of data-gathering tools, and interpretation and communication of results.

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Objectives
  • Conduct assessment, evaluation, and research in a socially just and equitable manner 
  • Ethically use and share data, being conscious of issues of confidentiality and respect 
  • Consistently ensure that references to research are appropriately cited and attributed 
  • Create and be an active participant in scholarly contributions    
  • Submit research proposals and follow campus-specific institutional review board guidelines

Curriculum Development Team
  • Katie Wilson
  • Julie Fleming
  • Dan Maxwell
  • GC Brugnolo
  • Justin Camputaro

Full Courses

Full courses last several weeks and include both synchronous and asynchronous learning with your cohort. Courses cost $199 for members and $259 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is one week prior to start date.

Course Expectations

Attendance

For full courses, participants should complete the work in the week it is scheduled, including discussions, and participate in virtual classrooms unless live participation is impossible. Participants must reach out to the instructor of that module to request an exception.

Course Format

Full 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. 

Mini-courses consist of approximately 30 hours of self-paced online learning. The student has up to six months to complete the course after enrollment. There are no interactive elements with peers in these courses. 

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

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. For full courses, this includes full participation in the discussions and attendance or viewing of virtual classroom sessions. Faculty will grade all assignments and provide feedback in full courses. Faculty will grade the final project for all mini-courses. All other assignments in the mini-courses are automatically scored by the Learning Management System.  

Netiquette Expectations
For full courses, 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.
Program Evaluation and Feedback
Students in full courses will be contacted mid-course to collect feedback on their experience with the course. Students in all courses will 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.
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.