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

Bisexual Awareness Roundtable | September 23, 2:30 p.m. Eastern

This program will be to honor Bisexual Awareness Week, September 16–23, with Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23. We will take this time to discuss the issues that individuals who are bisexual face on the daily basis and share ways that we can support members of this community as individuals who ally with them.   

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About the Presenters

Shane Farmer is the associate director of operations for campus reservations and events at Clemson University. He currently serves as the co-leader for the LGBTQIA+ Community of Practice and has also served as the inclusivity coordinator for Region III. He currently is volunteering with the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics on the Increased Participation Advisory Council and their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, while also serving on the board of Glow Lyric Theater, an operetta musical theater group that has a focus on social justice performances.  

Caleb Eubanks serves as the union marketing & communication manager for the Elliott Student Union at University of Central Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Science in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University. Prior to his work at Central Missouri, he was involved with diversity and inclusion initiatives, LGBTQ+ education, event planning, and storytelling. He is a co-leader for the LGBTQIA+ Community of Practice.

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 Olyha
  • Meg O’Sullivan
  • Bob Rodda
  • Sharon Silverstein
Healthy Eating for Students | October 5, Noon Eastern

In October, ACUI's online learning is focused on physical health. In this webinar, learn about Indiana University’s Food Working Group, dedicated to a food system that honors farmers, workers, eaters, and the planet, while providing healthy and accessible food to the campus community. They seek to cultivate an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system that promotes food security, education, and local procurement within the university. 

About the Presenter 

Rachel Dolgner has served as a registered dietitian with Indiana University dining since 2009. She received her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Bluffton University and got her master's degree in nutrition from Southern Illinois University. Dolgner has interests in food allergy management and nutrition within the college population. She is a master yrainer through AllerTrain and enjoys running (ran 2013 Boston and 2017 New York Marathon).  

Rahul Shrivastav is the executive director of Indiana University dining. He has a bachelor's degree in business management with a focus on hospitality. With over two decades of dining and catering experience, Shrivastav loves working on a college campus because of the tremendous energy it brings. He is a large proponent of farm-to-table options, including the Indiana University Campus Farm, and utilizing local vendors whenever possible to ensure meats and produce are as fresh and healthful as possible. Shrivastav encourages all students to actively engage in learning more about their food and where it is sourced.

ACUI Together | October 12, Noon Eastern

For 2021, we have continued to provide the online networking for our members we began in 2020 through ACUI Together, a space for you to meet with other ACUI members in small groups for networking and support. We hope these opportunities have helped our members continue to stay strong, healthy, and productive throughout the year. Please join us for our last ACUI Together of the year.  

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Physical Activity Series: Jazzercise with Michelle | October 13, 11 a.m. Eastern
This October, we are focusing on maintaining physical well-being. Join us throughout the month for flash webinars featuring demos of different types of physical activity and tips for maintaining physical wellness. Participate in a Jazzercise demo and a yoga demo to explore different kinds of physical activity.
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 Olyha
  • Meg O’Sullivan
  • Bob Rodda
  • Sharon Silverstein
Physical Activity Series: Yoga with Heather | October 20, Noon Eastern
This October, we are focusing on maintaining physical well-being. Join us throughout the month for flash webinars featuring demos of different types of physical activity and tips for maintaining physical wellness. Participate in a Jazzercise demo and a yoga demo to explore different kinds of physical activity.
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.

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.

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. 
CliftonStrengths as a Pathway Toward Celebrating Difference | Being Rescheduled

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.

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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Esports Foundations | September 21, 1–2 p.m. Eastern

Hear perspectives on ways to approach and structure building an esports program on your campus, and learn highlights on what’s hot (and what’s not) in esports games and technologies.

Guest Experts Include:
  • Michael Fay, Manager of the Esports Center at Rutgers University
  • Steve Kramarck, Associate Director, Esports at University of Delaware
  • Donna Walters, Founder of the California State University Esports Collective
Funding Strategies for Esports | October 19, 1–2 p.m. Eastern

Learn more about potential ways to get funding to create space for esports at your institution—such as referendum, alumni gifts, partnerships, and revenue generation—and discuss the key facility and equipment needs to consider for your budget.

Guest Experts Include:
  • Denny Bubrig, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at University of Southern Mississippi
  • Andrea Gerber, Director, Student Center at Wayne State University
  • Dan Goodwin, Director, Student Union at University of Texas–Dallas
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

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.

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
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
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.

Professional Staff Supervision (October 11–November 20)

This training is designed to look at helpful knowledge and skills related to supervising full-time staff. Topics include the transition from supervising students to supervising full-time staff, professional development, evaluations, and other human resources topics.

The registration deadline to be enrolled in the course is October 6.

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Objectives:
  • To develop understanding of human development and management theories and their application to the supervision of full-time, professional staff members.
  • To develop understanding of the role of onboarding and assisting new hires with their transition into the campus community.
  • To provide understanding of value of formal and informal feedback and methods related to evaluation, recognition, discipline and termination.
  • To provide a capstone experience for participants that will allow them to successfully apply information gained throughout the course.
  • To develop understanding of basic coaching and mentoring principles and techniques.

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.