Academy News - April 13, 2022
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Faculty Retreat Recap

We wanted to plan this year’s Faculty Retreat a little differently in order to engage faculty who may have grown tired of webinars but also have limited time and energy for an extended, in-person program. Enter Second City Works, a group that offers interactive keynotes to help audiences consider important aspects of inclusive communication, collaboration, and community-building that can be utilized with colleagues, students, or really anyone. Second City Works facilitated the Retreat at the Improv in Schaumburg and offered two interactive keynotes to foster “Ensemble Mindset” and “IMPROV connection.”

Continue reading to learn more about the program and facilitators, view images, access the recording and handouts, and fill out the feedback survey and action plan for CEUs/credit.
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Summer Resources: Blackboard Course Template, Syllabus Template & Updates, and More

The Academy team has developed some resources to help you as you prepare for the Summer 2022 semester, including a Blackboard Course Template and Syllabus Template and Updates.
Missed a workshop this semester?

Most of the workshops this semester have been recorded and are available to watch on your own time. Visit On-Demand Programs and click on the program title to view more details, the recording link, and the action plan link to complete in order to earn CEUs.

Forgot to submit an action plan for CEUs?

If you have attended or watched a recording of a program this semester and would like to have a record of your attendance on your transcript and earn professional development credit (CEUs), you must complete the corresponding action plan for that program by May 6. To find the action plan link, visit the blog post for that specific program. The list of programs for this semester is available on the Academy website under the On-Demand Programs section.
ReAction 2022: Free Virtual Conference for Skills-Based Learning hosted by GoReact

ReAction 2022, held on April 20 and April 21, will include two half days of virtual presentations and in-depth discussions with educators, thought leaders, and technologists all focused on improving learning outcomes and saving time with video + feedback. Hosted by GoReact, a tool available to all Harper faculty, this event is for anyone in higher ed (whether you’re an expert at using video assessment or you’ve never tried it) looking for ways to empower confident skills for learners and streamline assessment for instructors.

Visit the ReAction 2022 site to learn more or register for this free conference! Interested in trying GoReact in your courses? Start by taking the Academy’s on-demand GoReact workshop!
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Coming in August: A New Way to Navigate Blackboard

This August, Blackboard will be updated to incorporate the new Ultra Base Navigation. This new navigation has a sleek, modern look and feel and will save you time with simpler workflows and easier access to important information. This change is an update to the “My Blackboard” landing page. Your courses will not change. They will look and operate exactly as they do now. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and check out this Ultra Base Navigation overview sheet to learn more. 
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International Education Summit at Harper on April 22

The Office of International Education (OIE) is hosting a virtual International Education Summit on April 22. The theme of this year's summit is "Teaching Asia Today" and features Morgan Lindberg of Portland Community College's Japanese department as the keynote speaker. More information about the summit is available on the OIE Faculty Resources page. To register, please use this registration form.
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Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

The Academy team is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty at Harper. We continue to be available remotely as well as on campus for 1:1 drop-in support in Building F, Room F317.

Not sure what to ask or where to start? We’re here for you! Just fill out the Academy Request Form, and an Academy team member will follow-up with you.
Customize bokeh filters with your photography students? Recreate famous sculptures with 3D printing pens? Draw and build a 3D anatomical heart? Give your students the option to show you what they’ve learned in your course by making and building a project of your own design, using the Library’s Make Shop. Learn more using the link above.

The ADS Staff, ADS Success Club, and the Transition Autism Program (TAP) invite you to visit our Autism Acceptance Month displays outside of the Bookstore and inside the Library. The artwork and quotes were developed by current Harper students. Our goal is to spread a message that acceptance is an action. As noted by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), “working towards acceptance means welcoming autistic people’s leadership on the issues that most affect their lives.” Our students encourage you to consider how you can make Harper a more autism friendly campus.

Harper employees are invited to weekly workshops that will equip you with practical tools to think critically and act intentionally. Sessions are designed for faculty and staff who are still learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion and wish to gain a greater understanding of how to make an impact. The sessions are: April 20 (Unlearning Unconscious Bias: At a Personal and Institutional Level) and April 27 (Moving Past Vocabulary: Equity in Reflection and Professional Practice). Each session will take place from 12-1 p.m. in Harper's Cultural Center, Building D, Room D281. Lunch will be provided. Register using the link above.

Join us for session 4 of the Campus Free Speech and Free Expression Series on April 21 or April 22.
Freedom of speech is a long-standing topic within higher education, but especially during the recent times of social unrest. Many institutions are grappling with free speech vs. hate speech and how to ensure that our campuses are safe and inclusive communities while honoring freedom of expression. This session will focus on sharing specific cases across the country and how the institutions have managed them. View session details and how to join the Webex session using the link above.

Don't miss these upcoming events at Harper: Earth Week Extravaganza, Pride Club First Annual Drag Show, Student Appreciation Day, and more! Students and employees are invited to get involved and stay connected by participating in the many offerings planned by departments across campus. Learn more using the link above.

The Academic Support Center is here to help students succeed. Tutors are ready to meet with students by drop-in or appointment in the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Success Services, Developmental Math Center, and the Anatomy Study Room. Online appointments and drop-ins are also available. Faculty members can request brief classroom visits (either in-person or online). Visit the Academic Support Center webpage for more information and to Live Chat with staff. 
Student Learning
General Education Assessment Reminder

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee

The Learning Assessment Committee and its related Work Groups are facilitating the assessment of two General Education Learning Outcomes during Spring 2022. As a reminder, if your course was selected, assessments are to be completed by May 20, and are due to the Outcomes Assessment Office by May 27.

  • Diverse Perspectives and Cultures – Primary Assessment
  • Communication – Follow-up Assessment
  • What Happens Next?

Faculty Experience
Career & Technical Programs Retirement Celebration Invitation

Shared by the Career & Technical Programs Division

On May 3 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., the Career and Technical Programs Division will be hosting a joint retirement party in the Building A Dining Room for three of our full-time faculty members; Patrick Beach, Hospitality Management Coordinator, Dr. Willis Boughton, Computer Information Systems faculty, and Brad Grossman, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Coordinator.

The Division and Harper community have been fortunate to learn from these long-time industry experts and educators. Professor Beach’s leadership throughout his 31-year tenure has been key in the Hospitality Management program graduating approximately 740 students. Dr. Boughton’s extensive experience in the field of computer science has proven beneficial to Harper students pursuing a multitude of academic disciplines during his 22 years as a faculty member. And during the last 12 years, Professor Grossman has been instrumental in the development of the next generation of law enforcement professionals. It is our hope that you may have time to stop by and share a congratulatory message with these passionate educators as they embark on the next chapter of their journey.
Online Learning
"Using Courage, Compassion, and Connection to Combat Disconnection"

This Faculty Focus article, by online instructor, Amy Winger, encourages us to use courage, compassion, and connection when communicating with students to reduce perceived stress and enhance the student experience, while also improving the teacher-student relationship. Read further for specific examples of how to demonstrate these strategies of care.

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
April 18 - May 1 (GECs: 1) registration now closed

June 13 - June 26 (GECs: 1) register by: May 30

July 11 - July 24 (GECs: 1) register by: June 27
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