Academy News - August 12, 2019
Fall 2019 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you during Faculty/Staff Orientation Week.

Quick reminder: you need to make your Blackboard course available to your students when the semester starts. All it takes is six quick clicks!

  • Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities
  • Introduction to Action Research for Scholarship
  • Open Educational Practices
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Create, Facilitate, and Enhance

  • Evidence-Informed Teaching
  • Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF)
  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
  • Teaching While Black/Responding While White: Growing Our Capacity Around Cultural Integrity
  • Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning
  • Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work

The Harper College Syllabus Template, syllabus examples, and all related resources on the Harper College syllabus webpage have been updated for Fall 2019. View the specific sections that contain updates here. It is recommended that you copy/paste these sections from the updated template on the website into your current syllabi, replacing the previous verbiage. Did you know the syllabus webpage also includes grab-and-go verbiage? Visit the webpage to copy/paste required college policy verbiage, optional statements, and student support services information.

With the new semester starting, be prepared for any emergency and watch this video from Environmental Health & Safety and Harper Police. Topics include: Fire Drills and Evacuation Duties, Severe Weather Procedures, Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management Overview, Injury Reporting, Bomb Threats, and Active Shooter Response. Please consider playing this video during the first week of classes and share it as an announcement in Blackboard.

TEDxHarperCollege returns to campus Wednesday, October 9! Join the ranks of your fellow faculty members who have graced the TEDx stage by applying to be a speaker. This year's theme is "Becoming Extraordinary" and we're looking for speakers representing a broad range of extraordinary. Learn more and apply by August 18.
Student Learning
Student Learning - Upcoming Events
Classes will begin soon and now is the time to focus on Student Learning! Join us at these upcoming events this week:

You Have Questions! We Have Answers, Pie, and Prizes!
Tuesday, 8/13, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., X130

Are Our Students Learning What We Say They Should be Learning?
Thursday, 8/15, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., X130

And remember to save the date for the upcoming 11th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair !
Faculty Experience
Teaching with Games: Join a New Community of Practice!
Submitted by Rebecca Scott, Philosophy

The gamification of education is both a long-standing and newly growing field of pedagogical research. In my own classes, I have experimented with using games (including review trivia games as well as critical thinking skill-building games), and I have found them to be both effective and fun.
These experiences have inspired me to figure out more ways of incorporating games into my classes and to propose a new Community of Practice focused on teaching with games. The CoP is open to all faculty (full-time and adjunct) from all disciplines. We will meet 3-4 times per semester to discuss research on game-based pedagogy, work together to develop games for our courses, and, of course, play games ourselves (experiential research is a must!). We will explore many different kinds of games appropriate for different disciplines and divisions-strategy games, trivia games, word games, role-playing games/simulations, and more.

Online Learning
Continue Your Growth as an Online Teacher
The interest in online courses continues to grow. Harper College recognizes the importance of providing faculty with training and resources for developing and delivering quality online courses. The Academy provides training, support, and resources for both new and experienced faculty teaching online or blended courses at Harper.
One example is the Teaching Online Successfully course. There are three options to choose from based on your needs-whether you're developing, teaching, or enhancing an online course.

Learn More & Register (registration closes soon!)

Looking for a great resource for online teaching? The Chronicle of Higher Education created a comprehensive guide to help you grow as an online teacher. Check it out!
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
August 12 - August 17

August 15, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

September 2 - September 15 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: August 22

September 12, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

September 13, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
September 17, 2:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

September 16 - November 10 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: September 2
September 16 - November 7 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: September 2

September 27, 8 a.m.

September 27, 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Photos
What's Happening @ Harper?
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building F, Room F317
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The mission of the Academy for Teaching Excellence is to create a vibrant teaching and learning culture for full-time and adjunct faculty that cultivates professional development in support of student success.
Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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