Teaching and Learning Resources

Whether you’re new to teaching, to ECU, the School of Art and Design, or not, these resources are intended to help you navigate your teaching. If you find an errors or have a resources to add, please contact the Director.

Summer 2024 School of Art and Design Course Development Workshop

The Director of the School of Art and Design invites all current full- and part-time faculty to apply to the SoAD Summer Course Development Workshop. The workshop will provide structured, intentional space and time for faculty to develop or revise a course. Topics may include developing learning objectives vs. outcomes, course maps, assessment methods and tools, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Canvas tools and tips, teaching and learning services on campus and beyond, and using NASAD standards.

Professors Angela Wells and Dr. Robbie Quinn are developing and will lead the workshop.

Dates: May 13 – 17, 2024, Monday to Friday
Location: On-campus (virtual option is not available; faculty must be present for the entire week/workshop)

Monday through Thursday will provide a combination of workshops or demonstrations as well as time to work independently on course development. Friday will be an opportunity for feedback and sharing your work.

Monday 9 to 4 pm with a lunch break
Tuesday 9 to 4 pm with a lunch break
Wednesday 9 to 4 pm with a lunch break
Thursday 9 to 4 pm with a lunch break
Friday 9 to 1 pm / Wrap up Day / lunch provided

Faculty participants will receive an honorarium of $750 paid at the end of Summer Session I upon successful completion of the workshop. Faculty participants will also earn 7 units in Teaching for the 2024/2025 Annual Report (T4 New Course Creation). Come nerd out on pedagogy and course design with awesome peers!

Questions? Email the Director.


Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE)

FERPA Permissions

  • In accordance with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) guidelines, East Carolina University and the Office of the Registrar are not able to provide confidential information pertaining to students without one of the following written consent from student or visual confirmation, (by way of a copy of an income tax form) that the parent(s) claim the student on the most recent tax return.
  • Students can provide consent by logging into PiratePort, clicking on Tools, then Search for “FERPA.” Click FERPA Admin to give authorization for third parties (including parents) to access their student record.
  • Before discussing a student’s grades, progress, or any other aspect of enrollment at ECU, log into PiratePort and check to make sure FERPA permissions have been granted. Follow these instructions to view FERPA permissions


  • Canvas is ECU’s learning management system (LMS).
  • Part-time faculty must have a signed contract filed with ECU before they are able to access Canvas.

Digital Learning Technologies

  • Platforms and tools like Canvas, Mediasite, Panopto lecture caputre, digital badges, Universal Design for Learning consultations, and more plus accessibility and usability consults.

FERPA Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”
  • See Buckley Permissions above.


  • Final grades are entered via PiratePort.
    • Step-by-step instructions via the Registrar are here.
    • After you have entered the grades, this course roster will not “disappear” from your list, until grades are rolled to academic history (grades will be rolled to academic history daily at 8 a.m., and at more frequent intervals as the grade entry deadline approaches). If you have any grade changes that need to be made, you may go back into Faculty Grade Entry and make those changes prior to the roll to academic history. Once grades have been rolled, and are not available for entry, you must submit a change of grade/removal of incomplete via the Change of Grade link in Faculty & Advisor Self Service.
  • Change of Grade/Removal of Incomplete
    • If you need to change a grade after grades have rolled to academic history, you must submit an official change of grade via Faculty and Advisor Self-Service.
    • Step-by-step instruction here.

Grade Appeals

Remote/Alternate Instruction Resources

ECU Connect

  • ECU Connect is a communications tool used by faculty to support student academic success. ECU Connect enables instructors to provide praise or raise concerns regarding their students’ academic performance. Referred to as “Kudos” and “Flags”, these notifications are sent to the students’ ECU email account. Students should communicate with their faculty member about any concerns or questions they have regarding the notification raised. In addition, a university support network has access to the notifications and provides outreach to students as needed.

Student and Community Support

  • ECU Cares offer assistance to distressed individuals, connecting them to appropriate campus resources, and reporting concerning behavior to professionals on campus. This can be a critical first step in helping the individual(s) improve and ensuring a safer campus for everyone. ECU Cares can be used to report any concerning behavior for a student, faculty, staff, or visitor.
  • ECU’s Counseling Center offer crisis and urgent support, online chats, appointments, and a variety of resources to support students.
  • The Center also provides resources to support others.
  • For urgent upport call 252-328-6661. If after-hours, call and press ‘2.’ For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Student Conduct

  • The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) at East Carolina University administers the Student Code of Conduct, which identifies behavioral expectations for all students on- and off-campus. If you have knowledge of an ECU student violating the Code, you are encouraged to notify our office of the incident.
  • Once a complaint has been received by OSRR staff will conduct an initial assessment. Should the reported information be governed under the Student Code of Conduct OSRR will meet with the student(s) to address the alleged misconduct.
  • Please know that you and any identified witnesses in the report might be contacted by OSRR staff for further information about the incident. Additionally, please note that university disciplinary records are protected by a federal privacy law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • If you have any questions regarding filing an incident report, please contact OSRR at 252-328-6824.

Student Opinion Surveys

Syllabus Template

University Writing Center

Videos (Making Instructional Videos)

Web Conferencing Tools

Peer Evaluation of Teaching

  • Tenure-track faculty must have eight peer-evaluations completed prior to going up for Promotion and Tenure. The Office of Faculty Excellence provides copies of current face-to-face and distance observation tools. The Office also provides a list of current trained observers by college.