Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What can I find in the AP Teacher Community?
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    Within the AP Teacher Community, you can:

    • Find and share classroom materials and resources in the Resource Library. These resources have been recommended by your peers and the AP Program.
    • Post questions, answers, and best practices on the Discussion Boards. Subscribe and participate in threaded discussions by your topics of interest.
    • Browse the redesigned Curriculum Framework and share related resources and strategies.
    • Connect and collaborate with other AP educators. Invite members to join your professional network in order to communicate via Instant Message.
  • Q: Who contributes resources to the AP Teacher Community website?
    A:

    You do! In addition to a bank of resources recommended by the AP Program, you and your peers can use this site to share your own resources in the Resource Library. Please be careful to share only resources you are authorized to contribute.

  • Q: What types of resources can I upload to the AP Teacher Community?
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    You can share documents, presentations, images, videos, audio files, and links to useful websites as long as you do not infringe on copyrights or other intellectual property rights. Classroom-ready resources, assessments, student project or assignment ideas, and teaching strategies are particularly helpful resources to share with your peers. You are encouraged to share any materials that you have found to be successful in your classroom in order to make the community a vibrant and productive one.

  • Q: Is there any way I can see resources that are used directly in the classroom?
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    The Resource Library provides several filters that allow you to refine your search. These are located on the left-hand side of the page, beneath the search box. From there you can select the category that best fits your search and the application will quickly refresh your results, giving you an easy way to pick the resources that best fit your needs.

  • Q: How can I use resources that I find on the site?
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    Resources shared within the community are provided for the benefit of members of the community. Member users may review, download, and utilize these resources in connection with their roles as teachers of an AP course. If you suspect that a copyrighted work has been posted to the site inappropriately, you should not further share or utilize that resource in a way that would violate copyright laws, and you should click on the "Report This" icon to flag the material for review by the community moderator.

  • Q: How reliable is the information I get from the community?
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    Materials, content, and discussions within the community are contributed by members of the community – your peers. Submissions represent the thoughts and practices of other teachers, and the College Board neither evaluates nor endorses them. Your own judgment should be your guide as to the quality of any individual piece of content on the site.

  • Q: Does anyone monitor or evaluate discussions and resources in the AP Teacher Community website?
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    Each subject has a designated moderator, who currently teaches and is expert in the AP course. The moderator will monitor and contribute to ensure the community provides a productive, safe collaboration space for the AP community. The community is a place where members can share resources that they have found helpful in their teaching. Since everyone's classroom experiences differ, opinions on what works best can vary. The community is not intended as a place to criticize the work or resources of your AP colleagues and peers. You can share feedback on what you have found helpful by rating and commenting on shared resources, contributing to discussions, and reporting inappropriate or outdated content or broken links. Community members should abide by the Terms of Use and Community Guidelines.

  • Q: If I share materials, does the College Board or someone else claim ownership of them?
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    By choosing to share a resource that you have created with other members of the community, you are granting permission for others to access and use those materials. While the College Board maintains ownership of the community, you retain the rights to your posts, comments, ideas, and any personal resources you share in the community.

    When posting or sharing materials on the site, you must use care not to violate the intellectual property rights of others. That is, you should not share materials that are covered by any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other protections owned by a person or entity other than yourself without permission.

  • Q: Can I remove materials after I have contributed them to the community?
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    Yes. Materials you have created and contributed to the site belong to you. By sharing them, you are permitting other users to access, download, reproduce, and utilize those resources with students and other AP peers. However, at any time after posting those materials, you may remove them from the site, and they will no longer be available for others to view. This will not however limit the ability of users who have already downloaded the materials from continuing to use them.

  • Q: What resources are not appropriate to share?
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    Resources are subject to removal if they contain

    • Copyrighted content and/or images
    • Inappropriate or offensive content

    Copyrighted Materials
    All shared resources must meet copyright guidelines. When sharing a resource with the community you should:

    • Post resources that you have created and own the rights to
    • Create links to external, publically available resources, and be sure to credit the source using the attribution feature

    More detailed guidelines can be found in the Terms of Use and Community Guidelines

    Inappropriate or Offensive Content
    Materials will be deemed inappropriate if they are offensive, harassing, exploitive, or otherwise detrimental to the community. For a more complete description of what is considered inappropriate content, refer to the AP Teacher Community Guidelines, under the sections titled "Code of Conduct" and "Content/Activity Prohibited."

  • Q: What if someone posts inappropriate or offensive content? Can I complain?
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    If you encounter inappropriate content within the community site you can click on "Report This" to flag that content for review. The community moderator will review the reported content and remove it, if it is deemed to be inappropriate. Materials will be deemed inappropriate if they are offensive, harassing, exploitive, or otherwise detrimental to the community. For a more complete description of what is considered inappropriate content, refer to the AP Teacher Community Guidelines, under the sections titled "Code of Conduct" and "Content/Activity Prohibited."

    Content that represents the opinion of a user that differs from your own or from that of the College Board will not be deemed inappropriate unless it also violates the standards outlined in the AP Teacher Community Guidelines.

  • Q: I received emails from the EDG updating me on discussions. Can I do something similar here?
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    Yes, the Discussion Boards allow you to subscribe to individual threads or entire categories of conversation and receive emails when there are new posts. Unlike the EDG, you can choose which conversations interest you the most and subscribe directly to those, and not all posts within the Discussion Board. Along with the email notifications, you can also track your subscribed discussions under the Subscriptions tab on the Discussion Boards. To subscribe, you can select the Subscribe icon next to any thread or category.

  • Q: How can I receive an email digest of Community activities?
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    By going to 'My Preferences,' you can opt-in to either a weekly or daily digest, and elect to include updates in any of the following categories:

    • All Discussion Board Posts and Replies
    • Subscription Posts and Replies
    • New Community Resources
    • Network Connection Requests
    • Comments on Your Wall