Academy News - April 14, 2021
10 Ideas for Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism

Submitted by Jennifer Lau-Bond, Library Services

It’s paper writing season at Harper, and as a librarian one common question I hear from faculty around this time is, “What can I do to stop plagiarism in my classes?” My typical answer is, “You stop it before it starts.” Stopping plagiarism begins long before you ever read final student essays or projects.

Here are some tips to get you thinking about how you might design your courses and assignments to discourage plagiarism and encourage good writing and research practices.

Blackboard Collaborate
Blackboard Collaborate Gallery View - New!

Gallery View has just launched for Instructors and Moderators in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Gallery View allows you to see the most students at one time. With this view, you can see up to 25 attendees on a page - the optimal number of videos you can show on a page and still see enough detail for visual non-verbal feedback. You can see up to 250 videos if you scroll through each page using the arrow at the bottom of the page, while always having the active speaker visible on whichever page you are on. When sharing content, easily switch between the content and seeing all your students’ videos so you can keep an eye on how they respond to it.

online learning
Teaching with Technology - Updates

We’d like to share some exciting new features of two popular remote learning tools supported by Harper College:

Webex Recordings
For those of you who use Webex to conduct online sessions, you now have the capability to share the recordings links directly with students. These links, which are password-protected, can be shared via Blackboard or email. Watch this quick video tutorial that will show you how to share Webex recording links with students.

A “beta” release of a new Chromebook extension for Respondus LockDown Browser is currently available. Prior to this release, Chromebooks were not compatible with Blackboard exams that required the use of the Respondus Lockdown Browser or Monitor. This Chromebook extension also supports the use of Chromebooks with webcams when using Respondus Monitor for automated proctoring of exams.

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Blackboard Course Templates Available for Summer & Fall

Summer 2021 Blackboard course shells are now available and Fall 2021 course shells will be available on April 16. To assist you in your course development for these semesters, the Academy has created Blackboard Course Templates. Each template is a complete course shell with a fully developed orientation module and a weekly folder structure that aligns with the semester course dates.

The Academy also developed a series of short video tutorials that provide a tour of the Course Template along with step-by-step instructions for working with the template in Blackboard and customizing it to fit your needs. The tutorial videos also address the 15 essential features of an online course.

Breaking Down Barriers Workshop

This conference by Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO) is an opportunity to engage in best practices in moving your instruction and your campus to a more inclusive culture. Each Friday in May, you will have the opportunity to engage with expert presenters that highlight and celebrate being accessible, designing with educational technologies that work for everyone, working towards institutional compliance, and designing your course to have a focus on inclusive course design. Not only will you be engaged and hear from experts, you'll also hear from your peers and your students.

Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

The Academy is here to help all full-time and adjunct faculty at Harper. Here are the ways to get instructional and Blackboard support through the Academy:

Check out this fun video we made to remind you of the three ways to give us a shout!
Harper's inaugural Professional Development Day included 27 sessions offered by colleagues and guest speakers. Almost all of the sessions were recorded and are available on Stream. Visit the Professional Development Day Stream Channel using the link above.

Do you need a Harper faculty/staff ID card for access to campus or to show you work in higher education for COVID-19 vaccination purposes? We will be issuing ID cards in-person for two days this week, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 14 and April 16, Performing Arts Center lobby. Bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license. Can't make it to campus? Submit an online request for an ID card using the link above.

How comfortable are you in disclosing your disabilities in the workplace? Join Amy Gaeta for Disclosing Your Disability at Work: Helpful or Hurtful, 2 p.m. today to learn strategies for how and when to disclose your disabilities. Webex link; event number: 187 619 8848; password: Harper.

Join us as we celebrate our beautiful Earth this Earth Week, April 19-23! View Earth-themed photos taken by the campus community in the annual Earth Week Photo Exhibit, get creative with your old stuff and upcycle with the Library Make Shop, stay active and go plogging with Campus Recreation, and tune in for a special Earth edition of Hawk Talk. Use the link above for complete details and links to all activities.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites you to the DEI Virtual Celebration on April 21. Dr. Proctor will kick off the celebration at which we will present the State of the Year and highlight the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), the Social Justice Leadership certificate, and the Diverse Faculty Fellow program. Add to calendar using the link above.

Please join us on April 29 to honor our colleagues for their years of service and affiliation to the college. See who is reaching a significant milestone this year using the link above.

After a lifetime of studying meditative martial arts, one teacher would like to offer a few ways that mindset and staying centered can help ground ourselves in the middle of stressful times. There are two more sessions this semester; learn more and register using the link above.

Register now for Teaching Online Successfully for Summer 2021. There are three course options to choose from based on your needs: Create, Facilitate, or Enhance. Each course is two weeks, fully online, 1 GEC, and there is no cost. Learn more and register using the link above.
Student Learning
Help Harper Students Improve Information Literacy Skills - Take the Faculty Survey

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

As you may recall, in Spring 2020, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Information Literacy Work Group conducted an assessment of the Information Literacy outcome. As a result, an Information Literacy Community of Practice was formed to explore the concept of information literacy and how to teach and incorporate it across various departments at Harper. 

Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to “Apply a variety of credible sources to support a given topic” at the time they graduate from Harper. This is becoming even more important in an era in which students are confronted with the problem of clearly distinguishing between substantive, objective information, and “fake news.”

Your feedback is important!
  • All faculty members will be receiving a survey via email asking for input.
  • Your opinions and ideas matter and will be used to help inform improvement.
  • Please take the Information Literacy survey today!
Faculty Experience
Nellie Khalil
New Faculty Director of the Office of International Education

Nellie Khalil, Assistant Professor of Biology, will be the new Faculty Director of the Office of International Education. Nellie brings a wealth of experience to the position, including work leading study abroad programs to Panama and Costa Rica, serving on the International Studies and Programs Shared Governance Committee, and participating in the Social Justice Leadership Cohort, HLC visit, and other campus-wide initiatives.

The 2021-2022 academic year will serve as Nellie's transition to the position alongside current OIE Faculty Director, Richard Johnson. She will officially assume all her new responsibilities for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please join us in congratulating Nellie!
Online Learning
"A Year of Remote Teaching: the Good, the Bad, and the Next Steps"

The past year has allowed faculty to experiment with technology and communicate with their students in different ways.

In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Michelle Miller, professor at Northern Arizona University, examines the good, the bad, and the next steps and also shares how faculty can continue to teach with technology in any course format.

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
April 16, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

May 13, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.05)

June 7 - June 20 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: May 24
What's Happening @ Harper?
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