Online Learning


August 20, 2020

Resources available to faculty from Open Society University Network (OSUN) and Bard International Network

  • Online Toolkit

Developed by the Center for Learning in Practice (CLiP) at the Carey Institute for Global Good in collaboration with the Open Society University Network and Bard College, the OSUN Connected and Blended Learning Toolkit is intended to be a living document openly accessible to faculty across the network, offering support for connected and blended course development. By combining learning theory with pedagogical practice, the toolkit presents a unique (self-paced) guide to support faculty as they think through the planning and facilitation of online learning experiences that place liberal arts pedagogies front and center. Faculty can use the toolkit in a range of ways - as a guide to planning a course from start to finish, or as a place to turn for specific ideas related to technological tools or classroom activities. 

  • Consultation Hours for OSUN and the Bard International Network  

Beginning on Monday, August 24, the Center for Learning in Practice (CLiP) at the Carey Institute for Global Good, will be hosting weekly faculty consultation hours on Mondays and Tuesdays (7AM - 9AM New York / 1PM - 3PM Vienna/ 5PM - 7PM Bishkek) through Tuesday, September 15. These sessions are intended to offer one-on-one support for faculty with questions related to the Connected and Blended Learning Toolkit or that are otherwise related to connected learning practices. These sessions will not be able to answer campus specific technological questions about Learning Management Systems, login troubles, etc. Appointments are available by signing up for a time slot here.




August 14, 2020

Dear Faculty,

Please be informed that training on online teaching will start on August 21st at 5 pm Bishkek time. Please see below the list of workshops specifically targeted for AUCA faculty. You will be able to check your preferred language (English/Russian) for small group facilitation during the registration process.

Please register at least 2 days before the workshop for better planning of sessions.


Connected Learning Workshops for AUCA Faculty

All workshops in this 4-part series will take place at 7:00AM (NY/EDT) / 5:00PM (Bishkek) and will be 90-minutes long.

While later workshops build on the ones that precede them, they are structured in such a way as to allow participants to enter the series at any point.


Friday, August 21, Workshop 1: Course Design (Click here to register)

This workshop will help faculty to think about the structure of their upcoming courses, with particular attention paid to planning with online instruction and remote learning. Using the OSUN Connected & Blended Learning Toolkit, faculty will craft course goals and learning outcomes, and then begin to restructure their courses and  syllabi in ways that make use of the online environment and that offer students a clear path through the course.  All participants will be asked to share a draft syllabus (for the course you plan to work on) in advance of the workshop. 

Friday, August 28, Workshop 2: Crafting Assignments and Learning Activities (Click here to register)

Building on the work done with course goals and outcomes in workshop 1, faculty will focus on developing the activities and experiences that will allow students to meet the course goals. This session will invite faculty to explore a range of tools and strategies that invite student engagement. Turning our focus to  graded assignments, we will continue to work on our syllabi so that by the end of this session faculty will have a map that details the variety of tasks and activities they can ask their students to do in order to demonstrate mastery of content.   When you register, please indicate what sort of assignment you are interested in working with.

Friday, September 4, Workshop 3: Syllabus Design, Course Modules, & Student Engagement (Click here to register)

This workshop will support faculty as they move from thinking about graded assignments to the smaller daily and weekly activities of the course. We will explore strategies and tools for establishing an effective online presence, creating a clear way of communicating with your class, planning with community-building in mind, and maximizing student engagement and participation. Faculty will have an opportunity to view and learn more about a select number of tools included in the OSUN Connected & Blended Learning Toolkit

Friday, September 11, Workshop 4: Assessment & Evaluation (Click here to register)

This workshop will address best practices for authentic assessment online. Faculty will work to identify how, when, and why student work will be assessed while also exploring models for offering summative and formative feedback. Working with sample rubrics included in the OSUN Connected & Blended Learning Toolkit, faculty will work to link these assessments to the course goals and ensure that those connections are clear for students.




May 11, 2020

Dear AUCA Faculty and Staff,

In accordance with the decision of the Republican Headquarters for the fight against Covid-19, chaired by the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, the State of Emergency (SE) in the Kyrgyz Republic ends at midnight on May 10, 2020. The curfew will be canceled at the same time.

Because of a difficult epidemiological situation in a number of regions of Kyrgyzstan, in these regions, including the city of Bishkek, the Emergency Situation (ES), established on March 22, 2020, will remain in force for an undefined period of time.

Following the requirements of the Emergency Situation (ES) in the Kyrgyz Republic, only employees of authorized organizations are allowed to move around the city and to minimum distances and only for the urgent need (i.e. purchase of medicines, food, etc.). Educational institutions are not included in the list of allowed organizations. We kindly ask everyone to strictly follow the established regulations.

For the sake of your safety, the AUCA administration closely monitors the measures taken and restrictions imposed by the Kyrgyz authorities, and bring its actions in line with the government decisions. We will inform you about all the relevant changes.

The rules and restrictions established previously by the administration of AUCA will stay valid as long as it is required by the Kyrgyz authorities. Our current model of operation does not require changes yet as it is adequate to the requirements of the Emergency Situation. 

We remind you that the AUCA administration introduced the following rules for the period of the Emergency Situation:

  1. The AUCA campus is closed for students, faculty, and staff.

  2. All AUCA activities are transferred to a remote mode of operation. 

  3. The learning process and examinations will be conducted online.

  4. Strengthened control over the sanitary condition of the AUCA dormitory will continue.

Working hours and working schedules remain the same as they were before the shutdown. All the work must be fully carried out online. Salaries will be calculated and paid as usual according to labor agreements.

All administrative work goes online. We ask administrative staff to be as accessible as possible by means of communication.

All financial documents, reports, memos will be approved online through e-mails. 

Department Heads, Program Coordinators, and heads of offices of AUCA should necessarily inform the faculty and staff, who do not have access to their AUCA mailbox, about the content of the present letter.

We also inform you that the counseling service is still available free-of-charge for faculty, staff, and students upon call or email requests. 




April 15

Dear Faculty,

This is to inform you that AUCA now has 300 annual Zoom licenses in total, and more licenses are available for AUCA faculty.

If you are interested in using Zoom for your classes please contact Zhamilia Irsalieva at

You can watch a helpful webinar from Bard College with an introduction to Zoom platform HERE, as well as more Zoom video tutorials HERE.

AUCA will offer Zoom trainings, please await for further communications on the topic. 

Please also note that more information is available on the COVID-19 page of the AUCA website. 



Office of the VPAA


April 4

Dear Faculty,

This is to inform you that AUCA has purchased 99 host licenses for Zoom, which is a widely used video-conferencing platform. Zoom is an alternative platform AUCA is offering for online teaching.  

You can watch a helpful webinar from Bard College with an introduction to Zoom platform HERE

These are tips for Instructors using Zoom.


April 3

Dear Faculty,

You can find a template of the Route Sheet HEREPlease remember that you are obliged to have it whenever you leave your home.

Please also get acquinted with the penalties imposed by the government for breaching the quarantine rules.

Take care of yourselves!


March, 25

Dear Faculty!

During the quarantine time AUCA Library is closed for visitors until further notice.    

You can use electronic resources remotely via the library website.  
You will need your AUCA Network username and password in order to get off-campus access.  
You can see the list of available databases

Reserved books and materials

We will do our best to provide electronic access to reserved materials. Please contact us by email with the book’s title, author, and chapters that you need.  Please note that this is only for reserved materials.  The library print collection is not accessible due to the recently held disinfection and limited access to the building.

Contact us

If you have questions or need assistance please contact us by email   or via Jivochat  on the library website

For urgent matters you can contact us by phone directly or via WhatsApp: (0553) 777 682 и (0550) 080-468.  



March 25

Faculty Resources from Bard College and Open Society University Network (OSUN)

These materials have been created by people who teach blended and on-line classes regularly within institutions in the OSUN network, and are organized around the following "How Do I" questions (with multiple documents and webinars for each to help Faculty through). 


  1. How do I transfer seminar-style teaching practices into an online environment?
  2. How do I create and maintain a sense of community in my online course?
  3. How do I keep students engaged when they are not gathering each week?
  4. How do I use writing for remote learning?
  5. How do I deliver an engaging online session?
  6. How do I share course content online?
  7. How do I structure low-tech assignments for remote teaching?
  8. How can I teach effectively using different online platforms?
  9. How do I teach remotely in the arts?
  10. How to I teach remotely in STEM?
  11. How do I teach remotely in the humanities?


For more helpful information, please look at the Course Continuity website of Bard College.


March 24

Dear Faculty,

We have prepared this Manual for Students based on those questions they ask most frequently.  We also think you might be interested in knowing how some of our offices work online, what changes in academic procedures you can expect, and where our students can receive proper help on different matters. 

Again, thank you very much for your commitment and take good care of yourselves!

Here is the link.

Take good care of yourselves!  



March 20

Dear Faculty,

You can find important instructions for the transition to distance learning mode here:

Please use your AUCA gmail account to get an access to this file.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at


Office of the VPAA

American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028
AUCA Contacts