2020 Advanced Placement Summer Institute ONLINE (APSI)


Due to campus closures, APSI is transitioning to an ONLINE experience for all 2020 AP sessions. We are working closely with our instructors to design high-quality online learning experiences that adhere to the College Board guidelines for APSI. Most classes will utilize a combination of live online resources and self-paced material. Directions for course access will be sent to registered participants soon. In order to give you a better experience, we are adding one day of instruction to each topic workshop.

The AP® Summer Institute ONLINE (APSI) Workshop is endorsed by College Board and designed to aid the professional development of teachers, counselors, and administrators who are involved with Advanced Placement (AP®) courses. Workshops are designed for teachers who are teaching an Advanced Placement course for the first time and for experienced teachers desiring refresher training. Topics include subject matter content, test construction, pupil and teacher selection, College Board policies and procedures, and preparation and grading of AP tests.

All workshop instructors will be College Board Endorsed Consultants who have current information regarding AP® policies, including updates on any exam changes that may be occurring.

APSI is a collaborative effort between:

Contact Us

To learn more about Auburn University's AP® Summer Institute, contact Claire Twardy at (334) 844-5100 or by email at apsi@auburn.edu

*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program, AP Vertical Teams, Pre-AP and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

2020 Auburn University AP Summer Institute ONLINE will offer AP teacher online workshops in the following areas:
AP Coordinator Training Workshop: June 22 – CANCELLED UNTIL SUMMER 2021
Week 1: June 22-26, 2020
  • English Literature and Composition/ New AP teachers - Rachel Stokes
  • English Literature and Composition/ Experienced AP teachers - Becky McFarlan
  • US Government and Politics/ Macro Economics/ New and Experienced AP teachers - Shenita Brazelton
  • US History/ New and Experienced AP teachers - Dr. Jim Day
Week 2: June 29 - July 3, 2020
  • English Language and Composition/ New AP teachers - Pat Vandever
  • English Language and Composition/ Experienced AP teachers - Eva Arce
Week 3: July 13-17, 2020
  • Biology/ New AP teachers – Matt Dean
  • Biology/ Experienced AP teachers - Shamone Minzenmayer
  • Calculus AB/ New and Experienced AP teachers - Stacey McMullen
  • Chemistry/ New AP teachers – Danny Elegante
  • Chemistry/ Experienced AP teachers - Cheri Blackwood
  • Computer Science Principles/ New and Experienced AP teachers - Gina McCarley
  • Environmental Science/ New and Experienced AP teachers - Pam Shlachtman
  • Physics 1/ New AP teachers - Eric Lambert
  • Physics 1/ Experienced AP teachers - Greg Jacobs

Enrollment in each workshop is limited and these offerings are contingent upon sufficient demand. If you wish to attend, register early to ensure that your subject area will be offered and that you will have a seat in the class. Enrollment is not complete until Purchase Order, payment by check, or scholarship information is provided.

Thank you for your interest in APSI. Registration is closed for the 2020 online sessions.

Contact Us

To learn more about Auburn University's AP® Summer Institute, contact Claire Twardy at (334) 844-5100 or by email at apsi@auburn.edu

*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program, AP Vertical Teams, Pre-AP and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Continuing Education Credit

Those completing workshops successfully will be awarded a certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the contact hours of instruction completed. Graduate credit is not available for these workshops.

State of Alabama Teacher PD hours: To receive STIPD accreditation for Alabama teachers, please pre-register for your designated AP workshop, prior to the start of the APSI at Auburn, by using EARIC763.

Getting Started

If you're new to using Zoom, we have a quick start guide here: https://aub.ie/zoomquickstart

Tips and Etiquette

Internet Connection:
  • If possible, plug directly into router at home for an ethernet connection.
  • If using WiFi (majority of users), limit the number of connected devices to WiFi during the Zoom meeting time.
Prep for the Meeting:
  • Plan for a quiet space.
  • Use a headset, if you have one, to provide improved audio quality.
  • Have your computer ready and close all unnecessary applications on device.
  • When using a computer, silence mobile devices to prevent interruption.
Joining the Meeting
  • Access ZOOM meeting by clicking on link provided in email invitation.
  • In popup window, click “Join with computer audio” button.
  • Once entering the meeting, you will need to manage your audio and video.
Managing Audio
  • If not using headset, make sure you are in a quiet location.
  • Computers have multiple audio devices. To select the correct microphone or speaker, click the up arrow next to the microphone icon. If in doubt, choose “Same as System”.
  • If you are using an iOS or Android device, you may need to tap on the screen for the controls to appear at the bottom.
Managing Video
  • Turn ON your video, unless your appearance or background is very.
  • Video is crucial in building trust and engagement in virtual communications.
  • Uncover your camera privacy screen (if you have one).
Using Chat
  • Use chat to communicate with the facilitator/moderator of the meeting and/or other participants.
  • Messages sent to default go to “everyone”. To send a private chat, you must select the name of the recipient.
  • If you want to speak, but not interrupt the current speaker, click “Raise Hand” to signal to the facilitator/moderator that you have a comment.
  • Keep microphone muted when you are not speaking.
  • Become familiar with muting and unmuting your mic.
  • Keep background noises to a minimum, such as typing, shuffling papers, turning pages, pets, and side conversations. Background noises will be picked up and amplified by Zoom as well as cut off the presenter.
  • They can’t hear me – You could be muted or could be having issues with the meeting.
  • I can’t hear anyone – Your computer system volume can be low or muted.
  • I can’t see myself on video in the meeting – Make sure your video camera isn’t covered. Check the video icon at the bottom of ZOOM meeting window. If it is off, it will read ‘Start Video’ with a red slash through it. Click the icon to start your video feed. Make sure to select “show thumbnail video” in the ZOOM meeting window.
  • I can’t see the shared screen presentation – The meeting host might not have a presentation to share yet. If you are concerned you are not seeing shared content, then check in verbally with your facilitator/moderator.
  • I don’t see anyone in the meeting. Am I in the right meeting? – Check to make sure you are using the correct Zoom meeting link. Check ‘participants’ icon to see if other participants have joined. You may just be early.

*Disclosure: Adapted from the Auburn University Human Resources handout, Zoom Etiquette for HRD Online Classes

Last Updated: July 6, 2020