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

Preparing for the Future: Interactive Displays | August 4, 1 p.m. Eastern

The purpose of the presentation is to educate on the benefits and challenges switching from data projectors to interactive displays. The presenter will give a history of the UNC–Charlotte Cone University Center & Popp Martin Student Union and discuss what brought the campus to the decision to switch and the preparation for installation of the displays. Attendees will gain knowledge of interactive displays for meeting spaces, as well as the benefits and challenges of type of project.

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About the Presenters
  • Michael Avery, Assistant Director of Cone Center, University of North Carolina–Charlotte
  • Steven Snipes, Assistant Director of Tech Services for Cone & PMSU, University of North Carolina–Charlotte
From Events to Experiences: Lessons from the World of Food Science | August 4, 4 p.m. Eastern

Is this Instagram worthy? What will people remember about your event after it is over? The emerging world of food science teaches us that the actual taste of the food is just a fraction of the overall dining experience and that we must engage all of our senses to create memorable experiences. We will review techniques used in the world’s best restaurants and by corporations and look at how they could be applied to campus activities to create truly memorable experiences for people. We will also look to the world of marketing on how to set expectations before people have even arrived at your event. In this case perception truly does influence reality. 

There will be a live demonstration of some of the principles discussed. Have some toffees or caramels and potato chips on hand if possible.

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About the Presenter 

bill harcleroad is a lifelong student affairs professional who is dedicated to providing an environment where education and engagement flourish. He believes that learning should never stop and you never know where you’ll get your next good (or bad) idea. He currently serves as director of campus activities and leadership at SUNY–Oneonta and has previously worked at Alfred State College and the University of Rochester (which is also his alma mater). He has held dozens of volunteer roles within ACUI and NACA and has served on both the ACUI Leadership Team and the NACA Board of Directors.

ACUI Together | August 17, Noon Eastern

For 2021, we will continue to provide online networking for our members through ACUI Together, a space for you to meet with other ACUI members in small groups.  We hope these opportunities for networking and support will help our members continue to stay strong,  healthy, and productive during the coming months.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Alternative Breaks | August 18, 3 p.m. Eastern

This webinar provides practical applications for the creation and sustainability of alternative spring break programs on college and university campuses. Pulling from 30 years of experience educating students on the successes and pitfalls of alternative breaks, the presenters will share the eight components of alternative breaks and the triangle of quality community service.

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About the Presenters

Stacey Sharer serves as the executive director of Break Away and brings more than 20 years of non profit experience in education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and national service. Her experience with alternative breaks during her sophomore year at the University of Georgia set her on a lifelong path of community development and learning that wound its way through Boston, New York City, New Orleans, and back to Georgia. Sharer has an MBA in public and nonprofit management from Boston University, a bachelor's degree in literature from University of Georgia, and is an alum of City Year Boston and Education Pioneers in New Orleans.

Will Hoffman is a program advisor with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served as the WUD Alternative Breaks Committee advisor since 2015. He also advises the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series and Societ y& Politics Committees. His experience finding community through the Union's program board as a transfer student set him on a path to student affairs and college unions. Hoffman has an M.Ed. in student affairs from Clemson University and a bachelor's degree in history education from UW–Madison.

CliftonStrengths as a Pathway Toward Celebrating Difference | September 14, 2 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.

All About Retirement or Is Retirement on Your Horizon? (Part 1) | September 30, 4 p.m. Eastern

This webinar/roundtable will cover things you need to begin thinking and planning at least 2–3 years in advance so you can retire comfortably and happily. This program will discuss aspects of financial and personal planning for a successful retirement and smooth transition from the workforce into retirement.  

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About the Presenters

Presenters include recent and not-so recent ACUI retirees, that will be divided between topics covered in each series.

  • Mary Connelly
  • Gail Ohyha
  • Meg O’Sullivan
  • Bob Rodda
  • Sharon Silverstein
All About Retirement or Is Retirement on Your Horizon? (Part 2) | October 14, 4 p.m. Eastern

Presenters will discuss the importance of planning and identify steps that transitioning professionals should consider; including Social Security, Medicare, pensions, setting goals, tools to assist in decision-making and personal stories, tips and lessons learned.  

Participants will be able to ask questions and resources will be shared. 

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About the Presenters

Presenters include recent and not-so recent ACUI retirees, that will be divided between topics covered in each series.

  • Mary Connelly
  • Gail Ohyha
  • Meg O’Sullivan
  • Bob Rodda
  • Sharon Silverstein
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.

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

Check back for the next webinar in this series.

DEI Series

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.

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.

Check back soon for upcoming 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 Online Accessibility Course that is now available, ACUI will offer the following mini-courses in 2021:

  • Language of and Use of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • Application of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Frameworks
  • Data Collection and Use of Data
  • Research Ethics
  • 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
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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  • 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
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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Course Expectations


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.