Academy News - April 27, 2022
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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.
Faculty Reads
Check Out a Faculty Reads Book

Shared by Jennifer Lau-Bond, Coordinator of Library Instruction

Next time you find yourself on the Library’s 3rd floor by the elevator outside the Academy doors (Building F, Room F317), be sure to stop and explore the Faculty Reads book display. The display showcases materials from the Library collection on a theme relating to education, teaching, learning, and more. Currently, you can grab a book for some summer reading to learn more about DEI in higher education, avoiding microaggressions, handling difficult topics in the classroom, the history of Social Justice in Education, and more. There’s even a list of ebooks you can read from off campus.

Faculty Summer Institute (FSI): May 17-18

It was 25 years ago when the Presidents and Chancellors of Illinois public universities called for the development of an Inter-institutional Faculty Summer Institute on Learning Technologies. Since that time, many have championed the pedagogically sound incorporation of educational technologies into the higher education space. Along with incorporating evidence-based research and best practices into instruction, other areas have seen change to improve the higher education experience. Improvements are made based upon the work completed by those who came before us. This year’s FSI is meant to honor our past as we look towards how higher education has progressed over the quarter century and how it continues to adapt.

“Back to the Future: 25 Years of FSI”: View the Full Program

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.
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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. 
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.

Please join DREAM (Diverse Relations Engaged in Affirming Multiculturalism) and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the 12th Annual DREAM Mentoring Celebration. As proud recipients of the INSIGHT into Diversity’s First Annual Inspiring Affinity Group Award, we will share the history of our mentorship program, introduce this year’s mentors and mentees, and hold a special Q&A panel discussion on the experiences that our mentor and mentee pairs have cultivated over this past academic year. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. Learn more using the link above.

The Employee Awards and Recognition Ceremony honors colleagues who have reached milestone years of service and those who have exemplified leadership, DEI, and our core values. Retirees will also be recognized. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Learn more using the link above and see who is reaching a significant milestone this year.

As communicated during the college's recent Professional Development Day, Harper is encouraging all employees to take part in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training, hosted online. Please use your Harper email address to log in. 

Convocation honors students, faculty, and community members who have achieved excellence. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be livestreamed. We hope you will join us virtually to support and cheer on our colleagues and students. Learn more using the link above.

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
Remembering Sean Noonan

Our colleague, Sean Noonan, passed away the evening of April 7. Sean has been part of the Harper community for nearly two decades, joining Harper’s Sociology Department in August 2002 and becoming a full professor in 2011. He also served as a faculty senator and a vice president of the Faculty Senate for six years.

Professor Dave Richmond offered these words about his dear friend: “Sean made us all better. He made his students better. He made the college better. He made the union better. And he made his friends better. His presence could dominate a room like no one else I’ve ever known, whether it was a classroom, a meeting room, or a board room. He also loved quiet contemplation and deep conversations with his friends. You can’t replace someone like Sean Noonan. You just learn to go on trying to live up to the example he left for us. He will be missed.”

Dr. Proctor added, “Sean was deeply committed to his family, his students and his work as a union leader. He was a fierce advocate for the working class and never hesitated to stand up for what he believed was right. Prior to joining Harper, I first learned about Sean through his writings in the faculty newsletter and later met him in person and learned of his leadership across the state. While in Sean’s presence, you knew he was a man of heartfelt principles and was dedicated to improving circumstances for many and for the college. The Harper community will certainly miss him." 

Read Sean’s obituary
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
"Online Learning Can Lead to Increased Success for Minority Students in Higher Education"

While online learning is not without its challenges, experts say it can be a catalyst for improving course outcomes for disadvantaged and historically marginalized students. This article from EdTech: Focus on Higher Education identifies strategies that will help institutions ensure that equitable education is maintained.

Teaching Online Successfully: Register Now for Summer Courses

Register now for a Teaching Online Successfully course taking place this summer. There are three 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.

Please note: Completion of either the Create course or Facilitate course fulfills the professional development requirement for new online/blended instructors at Harper.

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
June 13 - June 26 (GECs: 1) register by: May 30

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

July 25 - August 7 (GECs: 1) register by: July 11
What's Happening @ Harper?
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