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Academy News - April 15, 2020
Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series

Join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. for Part 5, the final webinar, of our Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series : Supporting Every Student in Your Online Course through Universal Design.

All students benefit when Universal Design Principles are utilized to optimize accessibility in any course. In online courses, the likelihood of hidden disabilities among students is much higher and implementing "on-the-fly" accommodations is particularly challenging. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to assess your course materials for digital accessibility and apply principles of UDL to improve the learning experience for students of all abilities.

Recordings, Slides, and CEUs: You can also watch a recording of each webinar, view presentation slides, and apply for CEUs (for attending the webinars live or viewing the recordings). Learn more .

  • Part 1 (April 2): Laying Out Your Online Course and Providing Quality Content
  • Part 2 (April 7): Bringing Your Course Activities and Assessments Online
  • Part 3 (April 9): Providing Feedback and an Organized Gradebook in Your Online Course
  • Part 4 (April 14): Building Community and Enhancing Communications in the Online Environment
  • Part 5 (April 16): Supporting Every Student in Your Online Course through Universal Design

Participant security in virtual meetings, like this webinar series, is very important to us. We are conducting registration for our virtual events to prevent unauthorized access. You can learn more about keeping your virtual meetings with students secure by reviewing the Best Practices for Running Secure Online Meetings Guide . If you plan to attend Part 5 tomorrow, please register for the webinar now. The link to join the webinar will be emailed to you before 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar.
Rapid Transition to Online Instruction

The Academy is here to support 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!

Blackboard Spring Folder Template & Summer Course Shell
The Academy has created Blackboard templates to help faculty get through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and the online transition for the Summer 2020 semester. Learn more .

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

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 information to help students 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.
Tenured, full-time faculty with one year of experience using OER are invited to apply for the OER Coordinator Position. Please review the position terms and duties/responsibilities, ensure you meet the minimum qualifications, and discuss the opportunity with your Dean before applying. Learn more using the link above.

Library Instruction is available in online modalities, and you are encouraged to contact the Library to discuss options. Librarians have been sharing custom handouts, creating videos, helping locate alternative online course materials, and sharing general instructional resources on the Remote Library Services page. In addition, the Online Librarian program can pair your course with a librarian who will be available right in your Blackboard course for the entire term or a period of time. As you plan your summer courses, consider whether an online librarian would be useful. Visit the Library Instruction page for more details or send an email to lrcrefdk@harpercollege.edu .

Watch the video recorded interviews for the three candidates for the provost position using the link to HIP above. Each candidate was interviewed by Jesse Thompson from RH Perry & Associates, the consultants for the provost search. The candidates were asked to respond to the same set of 10 questions. Please watch all three videos and submit your feedback on each of the candidates by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

On Tuesday, March 31, Dr. Proctor held a virtual town hall to updated faculty and staff about the college's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and answer your questions. If you missed the meeting, you can watch it online .

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)

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!
Student Learning
Virtual Support & Resources for Students

Take a moment to view this page with information about student resources and support (services, programs, initiatives) and how students can obtain the help they need to succeed while learning at a distance.

The page includes fact sheets of virtual services offered by Student Development, information about academic support (how to schedule appointments with academic advisors and the Academic Support Center), using library services, and more.

Please share this important information with your students, along with this video (featuring Stephanie Whalen!), to remind students that we are all here to help and we are all in this together.

Faculty Experience
Transitioning to Online Learning: Give This Man a Medal

Shared in InsideHarper by Michele Boeche

"I want to share the amazing work of my Pre-calculus Assistant Professor, Karega Cooper, who has not only actively and carefully considered how to best re-plan the curriculum for online learning, but also exhibited exemplary communication with his students throughout the process. He has been online, on camera, at 8 a.m. every morning since campus closed. He's learning new technology with Blackboard Collaborate, and he's giving us new assignments with online resources and videos to fill in for missing class time. Nothing has worked perfectly or even as it should, but this man deserves a medal; come screaming child or up-nose camera angle, Professor Cooper has been honest, available and is already excitedly delivering new material. I hope he can be an example for others, especially those struggling with technology or who don't believe they can conduct live lectures online."
AWS Educate Remote Learning Webinars

Amazon is offering five weeks of free remote learning webinars for educators and Dave Braunschweig, Computer Information Systems, will be presenting two of the webinars.

The webinar series is designed by educators based on input from a recent survey capturing current challenges. The series runs from April 6 to May 8, with global distribution and translation into 10+ languages. There is no cost for participating and participants will receive a certificate of attendance after the webinar is complete.

Online Learning
Teaching Online Successfully: Spring & Summer 2020 - Register Now!

Additional Teaching Online Successfully GEC course offerings start later this month to support your transition to online instruction. Due to the accelerated response to the COVID-19 crisis, you are NOT required to enroll in one of these courses in order to teach this summer. However, completing one of these courses satisfies the professional development requirement for new online faculty that will go back into place for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. Most importantly, though, we believe that these courses are valuable and relevant professional learning experiences for anyone looking to enhance their online course design or facilitation skills.

Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Spring 2020: April 20 - May 3
  • Summer 2020: June 8 - June 21

Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • Spring 2020: May 4 - May 17
  • Summer 2020: July 6 - July 19

Each course is delivered in an online format, is 1 GEC, and there is no cost. Please review the syllabi and course expectations before registering.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
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)

April 20 - May 3 (GECs: 1) r egistration deadline: April 16
June 8 - June 21 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: May 25

May 4 - May 17 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: April 29
July 6 - July 19 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: June 22
Faculty Photos
Faculty Retreat 2020
Tech Expo 2020
Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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