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

Intermediate to Advanced Budgeting | January 26, 3 p.m. Eastern

Join other student affairs and college union professionals to dive a little deeper into budgeting and the different methods of budgeting.

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Working at an HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) | February 24, 1 p.m. Eastern

What does it mean to work at an Hispanic-serving Institution? How is working at an HSIs different from working at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University)? If you are transferring from a PWI (Primarily White Institution) to an HIS, what does that mean for you? Join our presenters as we take a look at the world of student affairs and college unions at HSIs.  

Registration coming soon.

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
ggCircuit
Social Justice Resource Page
COVID-19 Resource Page

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.

Professional Staff Supervision | January 17–March 7

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

This six-week course begins January 17. Registration has been extended to January 12.

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Faculty
  • Filip Pongratz
  • Larissa Bonnet
  • Mike Ellis
Large-Scale Event Management | January 24–March 7

The purpose of this course is to develop large-scale event management skills and knowledge in the college unions and student activities newer professional and/or those for whom large-scale events are a new addition to their job description.

This six-week course begins January 24. Virtual classrooms are Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Eastern. The rest of the course is asynchronous through our learning management system LearnUpon.

The registration deadline is January 17.

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Faculty
  • Victoria Boykin
  • Dillon Deffinbaugh
  • Alison Ward
  • Jason Rogien
  • Eddie Seavers
Marketing Tools & Plans | January 31–April 3

This training will be a crash-course in different technology related to marketing and marketing plans. This course begins January 31 and runs through April 3.

The registration deadline is January 24.

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Objective

Use marketing tools to effectively create a content plan, including how to implement it, what the plan is, scheduling, and what tools they will need to accomplish it.  


Faculty
  • Gail Sutton
  • Ferelli McGilvary
  • James McHaley
Inclusive Spaces | April 11–June 12

This training will cover strategies for creating and maintaining union/student center environments that welcome, respect, and honor all individuals. Topics covered will include the establishment of LGBTQA inclusive spaces, accessibility, cultural audits of art and campus icons, employment practices, programming policies.

Registration deadline April 4.

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Faculty
  • Jordy Dickey
  • Jeremy Davis
  • Aja Butler
Emergency Preparation & Management | May 16–June 26

This training will provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an emergency preparedness and management action plan for their campus union, department, or program. This program starts May 16 and runs through June 26.

The registration deadline is May 9.

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Objective

This training will provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an emergency preparedness and management action plan for their campus union, department, or program. 


Faculty
  • Eve Esch
  • Jeff Dunbar

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.