Academy News
     August 9, 2017
Fall 2017 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Take a look at all of the sessions in the Fall 2017 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week schedule.
  • President's All Campus Meeting, August 15
  • 50th Anniversary Employee Kick-off Luncheon, August 15
  • Coffee, Tea, and Scones & All Faculty Meeting with the Provost, August 16
and so much more!
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Cornerstone Series
We're excited to announce our new workshop series for Fall 2017! The Cornerstone Series is a set of four hands-on workshops that explore some of the foundations of engaging and effective face-to-face and online classrooms.
  • Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric
  • Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom
  • Making an Impact with Collaborative Learning
  • Creating a Course Orientation with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Every workshop has two parts, and each part is offered twice (once in the morning, once in the evening). In addition, one of the workshops is offered fully online. Faculty who attend both parts of a workshop (or fully complete the online workshop) and demonstrate an innovation they've made to their online or face-to-face classroom at a Series Showcase can earn CEUs or a stipend. Learn More & Register 

New Testing Procedures for Access and Disability Services
In an effort to provide ADS students with effective and flexible services, ADS is moving from the paper based "Request for Test Accommodations'' form to an online "Alternative Testing Contract." ADS will be offering walk-in hours to answer any questions instructors may have regarding this new procedure. Learn More
50th Anniversary Events & Updates
Orientation Week Event:
Trygve Thoreson Presents Harper College, The First 50 Years

Pick Up Your Apparel Gift:
Harper Spirit Wear: Pick Up Your Apparel Gift

Spirit Day Wednesdays:
Represent! Wear Harper gear on Spirit Day Wednesdays

Take 5:

Take a five minute break and engage with employees on campus by competing in games, challenges, trivia, and more! Prizes! Learn More 
Blackboard: What's New?
New Features in Blackboard:
Join us during Orientation Week to learn more about new features in Blackboard such as Content Collection and Collaborate Ultra. Learn More

Blackboard Mobile App Updates:
If you or your students currently use Bb Mobile Learn you need to know that this app is being replaced. Blackboard's strategy for its mobile apps has transitioned from a single app for all, to persona-based apps for students and instructors.

When will these changes take place?
  • The mobile app named "Blackboard" is designed for student use and is available now.
  • The mobile app named "Blackboard Instructor" is designed for instructor use and offers increased functionality. It will be available by the end of August 2017. 
GECs for Fall 2017
Comic Books and Visual Literacy GEC
What can we learn from comic books that we might use in our teaching?
Brian Cremins, Associate Professor of English, says that there's something for everyone in this class. "We'll be covering Marnie Galloway's Particle/Wave, an autobiographical comic grounded in physics and cosmology; John Porcellino's The Hospital Suite, in which he writes openly about his experiences with OCD and anxiety; and biologist Jay Hosler's Clan Apis, which is not only about the life cycle of honey bees (the focus of Hosler's research) but also one of the best modern variations on Joseph Campbell's hero's journey that I've ever read. We'll also read classics like Art Spiegelman's Maus, his memoir about his parents' survival of the Holocaust. So my colleagues will not only get a good sampling of the kind of work being done today, but also think about how they might be inspired by the verbal/visual strategies these writers, artists, and scientists have used in their work." View Details & Register
Teaching Online Successfully
Teaching Online Successfully: Create 
This course prepares and supports faculty who are developing an online or blended course in Blackboard for the first time and any faculty who have an interest in exploring best practices in online and blended course design.
Format: Online 
Dates: September 4 - September 17
GECs: 1
View Details & Register

Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
This course prepares and supports faculty who are teaching an online or blended course in Blackboard for the first time and any faculty who have an interest in exploring best practices in online and blended course facilitation.

Format: Online

Dates: September 4 - September 17 (Section 1) and October 2 - October 15 (Section 2)

GECs: 1

View Details & Register

Accessible Learning GEC
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities
In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn basic information about the 10 most common visible and invisible disabilities, in order to evaluate a course or program and develop methods that make the learning environment inclusive and welcoming to all students, including students with disabilities. This course will utilize real case studies of current and past Harper students, in order to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment. View Details & Register
Academy Events
Fall 2017 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Monday, August 14 - Saturday, August 19

OSCQR Rubric
Wednesday, August 16, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16, 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 17, 6 p.m.

Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
Wednesday, August 16, 4 p.m.
Community of Practice Info Session
Thursday, August 17, 11 a.m.
What's Happening @ Harper?
Free Movie Friday: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (August 25)

Harper College 50th Anniversary

One Book, One Harper 2017-18: Laughs

One Million Degrees (OMD): Volunteer to be an OMD Coach

Welcome Week Events for Students
Save the Date
Friday, September 29, 2017: Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair
October 2017: Disability Awareness Month Events
Friday, October 20, 2017: Diversity Symposium
October 23 - 29, 2017: "Doing More Together" Giving Back Week: 50th Anniversary Event
Friday, October 27, 2017: DeafTEC
Saturday, April 14, 2018: Community Day: 50th Anniversary Event
Friday, April 20, 2018: Faculty Development Festival
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building D, Room D281
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.
Harper College enriches its diverse communities by providing quality, af f or dable, and accessible education. Harper College, in collaboration with its partners, inspires the tran sformation of individual lives, the workforce, and society.