Academy News - April 3, 2019
Spark Creativity into Your Assessments
Want to add some creativity into an assignment? Learn how to utilize Adobe Spark to create engaging student assessments, including creative writing, digital storytelling, and visual communication.

Improving the Organization of Your Online Course
There are many ways to organize content in your online course. Learn how to use different techniques to organize your content in a way that is intuitive for your students to navigate and can make your life easier as an instructor. Exemplar courses will be shared from Harper faculty for inspiration.

The Academy is now accepting proposals for Fall 2019 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week that will take place August 12 to August 17. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, April 19.

Join the Office of International Education and the International Studies and Programs Committee for the 9th annual International Education Summit: "Supporting Multilingual Students."

In honor of Dr. Ender, we are compiling a book of messages and photos to commemorate his time at Harper College. You are invited to add to this congratulatory gift by leaving a note of best wishes on Dr. Ender's Legacy website message wall.
Student Learning Showcase
Critical Thinking as Intellectual and Emotional Virtue
Submitted by Rebecca Scott, Philosophy

Across the disciplines, the ability to think critically is one of the most important things that we teach our students. The capacities to reflect on one's own beliefs and evaluate the evidence for claims are invaluable not only for academic pursuits, but also for simply being an informed and engaged citizen.

Defining critical thinking, however, is surprisingly complicated.

The Faculty Lounge
Decoding Disciplinary Concepts is Relevant and Responsive Teaching!
Submitted by Joan Middendorf, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning, Indiana University; Candis D. Smith, Ph.D., Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University; and Stephanie Whalen, Ed.D., Academy Chair, English & Interdisciplinary Studies, Harper College
As we continue the work from our 2019 Faculty Retreat, "Relevant and Responsive Teaching Across Disciplines," the connection between Decoding the Disciplines (Middendorf, 2018) work and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (Gay, 2012) offers exciting possibilities for understanding the range of experiences and conditions facing historically marginalized groups in higher education (Tuitt, Haynes, and Stewart, 2018) with particular respect to creating inclusive, affirming, and equitable learning environments for all students.

What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
Harper's Picasso
Submitted by Stephanie Whalen, Ed.D., Academy Chair, English & Interdisciplinary Studies

Some of you may be unaware that we have a Picasso in Harper's Art Collection, but you only have to go as far as Building L to see it. "The Bather," which is now in France, was designed by Picasso in 1973 but completed after his death by his associate Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar in 1975, and depicted a woman with a small head, flowing hair, huge breasts, and a large bottom.
The Harper version, which is untitled, depicts a naked woman only from the waist up. The piece was donated to Harper by William Ylvisaker, former chairman and CEO of Gould, Inc., and was controversial on campus to some groups who saw it as a distortion of the female body.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
April 5, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

April 5 & April 12, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.8; must complete both sessions)

April 9, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
April 12, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

April 11, 1 p.m.
May 2, 1 p.m.
Faculty Photos
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