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Academy News - April 1, 2020
New Webinar Series April 2 - 16: Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction

To support the transition to fully online instruction for Spring and Summer 2020 classes, the Academy is offering a five-part webinar series during the next two weeks. This is a great next step for faculty who participated in one of the Essential Online Skills drop-in sessions offered in March. Detailed information on each webinar including how to participate, watch a recording, and apply for CEUs is found on the Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series page.

  • Thursday, April 2: Laying Out Your Online Course and Providing Quality Content
  • Tuesday, April 7: Bringing Your Course Activities and Assessments Online
  • Thursday, April 9: Providing Feedback and an Organized Gradebook in Your Online Course
  • Tuesday, April 14: Building Community and Enhancing Communications in the Online Environment
  • Thursday, April 16: Supporting Every Student in Your Online Course through Universal Design

Each webinar will be from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Google Chrome is the preferred browser. You are welcome to participate in any of these webinars depending on your needs and interests. Participants should have a basic familiarity with Blackboard or watch a recording of the Essential Online Skills session before participating.
Rapid Transition to Online Instruction

The Academy has an instructional design team that is here for all full-time and adjunct faculty who are making the transition to online instruction. Please review the resources below and let us know how we can continue to support you!

Essential Online Skills Recorded Sessions
Get up to speed fast! Watch a recording of an Essential Online Skills session. The session focuses on essential Blackboard and Collaborate (live, virtual lecture) skills.

Online Resources for Faculty & Students
The Planning for a Rapid Transition to Online Instruction webpage is continually being updated with additional resources as they become available. Please bookmark this page. The page also includes a "Student Resources & Support" section with links, tutorials, and resources (Blackboard, online testing, tech support, library services, and more). Please share this important information with your students to help them succeed as they learn remotely.

Support for Blackboard and Online Instruction
Please continue to submit all Blackboard and Online Instruction requests using the Online Instruction Support form, rather than via phone or email. An Academy team member will follow up with you within one business day.

Blackboard Template
The Academy has created a basic Blackboard folder template to help faculty get through the rest of the semester. We can quickly copy this template into any of your Blackboard course shells as a framework for building out content for the remainder of the semester. Using this framework is not required; however, it will save you a lot of time! Learn more.
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Academic Support for Students

Academic advisors, access advocates, and counselors are available to provide support for students. These areas can provide expert advice and point students to resources to support their success.

Students can schedule phone advising appointments with their academic advisor and online appointments with the Academic Support Center (Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Developmental Math Center, Anatomy Room). Please share this important information with your students.

Learn more about the revised format for the Provost and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services candidate introductions. Your participation in every aspect of the candidate introductions, from developing the questions to watching the recorded conversations and sharing your thoughts, is an important factor in the selection of these positions.

What are you doing for your wellness during this work-remotely time? Beth Ripperger, Manager of Harper Wellness, put together a list of online resources (for both employees and students) that pertain to wellness.

Join us for a virtual session focused on how what we eat can have a positive impact on sustaining our health and our environment. Learn whole food, plant-based recipes, explore the research, and engage in a discussion about the benefits of a plant-based diet. You will have the opportunity to share a plant-based recipe or other environmentally friendly tips of your own and will leave with some meal plans and other strategies for a more sustainable lifestyle. Ideas contributed in the workshop will become part of an online resource shared by the Sustainability in the Classroom Community of Practice. (CEUs: 0.15)

You are invited to submit photos for the Earth Week photo exhibit. The Sustainability Work Group and the Office of International Education are looking for photos of people, animals, or buildings in our environment. Now is the perfect time to enjoy nature and take photos. Photos will be shared during Earth Week, April 20 - 24. No need to print your photos; email them to Amy Vetter, avetter@harpercollege.edu. The submission deadline is April 14.

The TILT-A-Course Luau is an intensive three-day workshop based on the TILT framework and Harper's overall commitment to course quality. The Luau is an opportunity for faculty to focus on redesigning a specific course either as an individual or as a departmental team. Each day will include sessions based on TILT principles as well as customized topics designed to meet the needs of the participants; each micro-TILT presentation will be followed by ample work time with Academy staff support as individuals and groups apply the principles in ways that are most meaningful in their courses. (CEUs: 3.0) Note: the Luau may be converted to a virtual event; stay tuned!

The Chronicle of Higher Education is offering unlimited access for Harper faculty and staff to stay current on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education. Visit Chronicle.com to set up an account with your harpercollege.edu email address.

Harper College is currently taking proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Do not come to campus. We are providing services remotely and will respond to your requests - please be patient. Visit harpercollege.edu/advisory for updated information about the Harper College COVID-19 response and services plan.
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Faculty Retreat 2020 Recap: Going Full TILT

Submitted by Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair, English & Interdisciplinary Studies

This year's Faculty Retreat theme, Transparency in Learning and Teaching, or TILT, was timely in helping faculty to ensure that the purpose of learning activities, tasks required of students, and criteria for successful completion of each activity were made clear as faculty prepared for flexible, off-campus instruction scheduled to begin the following week. The transparency framework is particularly relevant for distance education in that many students accessing learning online are experiencing a different, and often less conversational, type of coaching from the faculty compared to what they typically receive in a classroom setting.

Angela Rasmussen from Spokane Community College shared the research that shows how the application of the TILT framework has shown great gains in success outcomes for systemically non-dominant students at research institutions. Through a series of interactive prompts, Angela asked faculty to consider aspects of navigating college that were confusing to them as well as what small changes they might implement to make instruction more transparent to students.


View photos from the retreat here. Take the next step - apply the TILT framework in your course(s) with the help of the Academy by attending the summer TILT-A-Course Luau!
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Online Learning Consortium Webinar Recording

You can now access the recording of a recent webinar hosted by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). The webinar emphasized the importance of being human, present, and adaptable during this time of transition.

Keeping Students Engaged in a Transition to Online Learning
As educators across the country and at all levels rush to shift their teaching to a virtual environment, their first focus is content and delivery--rightly so. Once that course starts, it becomes increasingly important for faculty to create a community in the online course by focusing on social, cognitive, and teaching presence from the proven framework the Community of Inquiry. Of equal importance is arming faculty with how to identify online at-risk student behaviors that, if mitigated, can lead to better course outcomes and satisfaction for faculty and students, alike. This session will help you identify ways to proactively keep your students engaged in an online environment and also what data to be looking out for to help mitigate attrition.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Laying Out Your Online Course and Providing Quality Content
April 2, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

Bringing Your Course Activities and Assessments Online
April 7, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

Providing Feedback and an Organized Gradebook in Your Online Course
April 9, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

Building Community and Enhancing Communications in the Online Environment
April 14, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

Supporting Every Student in Your Online Course Through Universal Design
April 16, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

April 20, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)
Faculty Photos
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Faculty Retreat 2020
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Faculty Retreat 2020
Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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