Academy News - December 5, 2018
Happy Holidays from the Academy
All of us at the Academy want to thank all of you for a great year! We wish you a happy holiday season, warm winter break, and look forward to seeing and working with you in 2019!

What is education like in Costa Rica compared to the United States? Join Jairo Viales as he shares some of the values and practices of educators in his home country and enjoy some traditional Costa Rican fare and fellowship!

As we end the fall semester and begin preparations for the spring, consider attending the Communication Arts GIFTS Workshop and share your favorite idea, exercise, rubric, or teaching technique. The session also includes a GoReact/Video Recording System round table.

Spring 2019 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week is Tuesday, January 8 - Saturday, January 12. The schedule is now available.

Harper librarians can help you design a student research session that focuses on finding resources for a specific project, general research tips, or citation assistance.

Have you ever encountered a person experiencing psychological distress and wondered what to do? Learn more about how you can support Harper's culture of care.
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Diverse Perspectives & Cultures Update!
Submitted by the Diverse Perspectives & Cultures Work Group of the Learning Assessment Committee

Remember the Spring 2017 Diverse Perspectives & Cultures general education assessment? Through this assessment, we learned that students need additional support regarding this outcome.
Learn more about the results, feedback from faculty, and improvement plan developed by the Learning Assessment Committee.

We also hope you'll join us as we roll out Diverse Perspectives & Cultures development opportunities in the coming months--Lunch & Learn sessions, GEC, resources, and more!
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Teaching with Geospatial Technologies
Written by Mukila Maitha, Assistant Professor, Geography

The Teaching with Geospatial Technologies Community of Practice brings together faculty who have an active interest in the use and infusion of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning Systems), and Earth Imagery in the curriculum. The CoP's goal is to promote the use of these technologies by faculty from diverse disciplines across the college and to promote collaboration among the CoP members.
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This semester the CoP reached out to faculty from all division to find out who might be interested in having a GIS activity created for at least one course. The response was stronger than expected with 20 departments expressing interest in a GIS project.

What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
Course Reserves
Written by Amanda Oddo, Library Assistant, Library Services

Are textbook costs creating a barrier for students from succeeding in your class? The library's Course Reserve Collection can help. Materials placed on reserve by instructors assure their availability and accessibility for class use.

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Upcoming Programs & Workshops
December 12, 6 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

December 13, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

January 8 - January 12

January 11, 8:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

January 25, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

January 28 - February 10 (GEC: 1)
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