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Acronyms

A pronounceable word formed from the first letter or letters of a series of words. In branding, use only an initial cap and then lowercase for acronyms of more than five letters unless listed otherwise in the Associated Press Stylebook or Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition. Acronyms for units across the enterprise are common but should be avoided in public-facing communications. 
Brand guide

Active learning

Active learning strategies in a digitally enhanced classroom provide both a sense of community and the benefits of the synchronicity that comes with being in the same learning space at the same time. 
ASU Sync

Adaptive Learning

Rather than teaching the same content to all students, adaptive learning connects students with personalized and interactive lessons, ensuring they receive support and direction as needed.
News on adaptive learning biology degree

Adobe

Adobe Creative Cloud encompasses world-class apps and services for video, design, photography, and the web. Apps used by students and staff include InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Spark, and Premiere. ASU students, faculty, and staff can access Adobe Creative Cloud for free by requesting access.
SOLS employee software | Request student access | Request staff access

Asynchronous

ASU Online classes allow for asynchronous learning, which means it can happen any time in alignment with the student’s schedule. 
ASU Online

ASU Sync

ASU Sync provides students with technology-enhanced, fully interactive remote learning using live lectures via Zoom. This approach can be combined with in-person instruction to accommodate students in various circumstances and enable social distancing measures in classrooms, or as stand-alone technology. It offers the benefits of face-to-face instruction in an interactive group learning environment.
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Asynchronous | Synchronous

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Backward design

Backward design aims to design courses around the skills and knowledge that students should have by the end of the course. By outlining the objectives and planning based on learning outcomes, students can stay engaged in course content and understand material better.
Teach T@lk Webinar

BioSpine

BioSpine is a new, interactive, adaptive-learning platform that personalizes student learning experiences.
The BioSpine Initiative
Adaptive Learning

Books

Many courses require books and other class materials. These can be ordered online. Additionally, you can find more books online than in your campus bookstore.
Bookstore

Blog

The SOLS Teaching Innovation Center runs a blog that offers resources and helpful tips on teaching and learning practices. 
TIC Blog

Bloom’s Taxonomy

A hierarchial system of ordering thinking skills from lower to higher, with the higher levels including all of the cognitive skills from the lower levels. 
UOEEE Diagram

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Canvas

Canvas is ASU's learning management system. Here, students can access their course grading, quizzes and exams, messages, modules, announcements, and more.
Canvas | Accessing Canvas

Canva

Access a large variety of templates for social media, presentations, posters, documents, and more. With Canva, anyone can create beautiful designs quickly and easily.
Canva

Classes

Visit the academic catalog to view a complete listing of courses at ASU. From course descriptions to class schedules, you’ll find all the course information you need in ASU’s academic catalog.
Catalog

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