Academy News - December 8, 2021
Register Now for Spring GECs
Register now for a Spring 2022 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC). All Harper College faculty (full-time and adjunct) can register for GECs at no cost.

Learn more and register using the links above.
Spring Resources: Blackboard Course Template, Syllabus Template & Updates, and More

The Academy team has developed some resources to help you as you prepare for the Spring 2022 semester, including a Blackboard Course Template and Syllabus Template.

Need additional assistance or have questions? Not sure what to ask? We’re here for you! Just fill out the Academy Request Form, or drop by (Building F, Room F317) anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and an Academy staff member will follow-up with you.
Equity Series
Evidence-Based Equity Strategies Across the Curriculum (today!)

In this workshop, part of the Enacting Equity Series, we'll explore the gamut of ways to evaluate teaching for professional growth and improvement of student learning. Rebecca Scott will present action research as a frame for enacting equity in your classroom and participants will get the opportunity to apply evaluation methods in their own course contexts.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 8 (today!)
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Rob Hill, Inclusive Instructional Design Specialist and Rebecca Scott, Philosophy

How can the Academy support you during Spring 2022?

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty at Harper. We continue to be available remotely as well as on campus for drop-in support. In addition to providing instructional and Blackboard support (including informal, 1:1 support), we also develop resources to help faculty prepare for the semester and facilitate workshops and programming throughout the semester. Learn more about Academy support and resources by browsing our website:

As we approach a new semester, we want to hear from you. What are some additional ways the Academy can support you during the Spring 2022 semester? Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us using the Google form link below. All feedback is anonymous, so please include your name if you would like us to follow-up with you.

Have you found yourself spending lots of time commenting on the quality or quantity of sources in student projects and essays? Have the Library help! Before students turn in final work, remind them that the Library is available. Students can:

The Faculty Retreat will be held on Friday, April 8. Watch the Academy News for details and registration information. For now, please save the date on your calendar.

The Campus Free Speech and Free Expression Series will address the challenges of complying with the First Amendment’s right to freedom of speech and expression while maintaining a safe and inclusive campus. The series began with an overview of the legal principles of the First Amendment and how they apply to higher education settings (recording available). The following sessions will focus on free expression in and out of classroom settings. The sessions will be held virtually and each session will include case studies and opportunities for audience participation. See dates and times and add the sessions to your calendar.

A new Standards of Academic Performance (SOAP) policy was vetted and approved for implementation through Harper’s Shared Governance process in 2019; this new policy will begin in the Spring 2022 semester. Learn more using the link above.

The Academy is here to help you find creative and constructive ways to integrate technology into your instruction. The learning technologies listed on the Academy's Integrating Technology webpage are available across the institution and meet Harper’s criteria for cost, security, and accessibility. Choosing a tool supported by the College offers advantages, such as access to the full features of the tool and support for you and your students. Learn more using the link above.
Student Learning
Free Access to Virtual Conference Recordings! 2022 Call for Proposals

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee

Have you been thinking about new and innovative ways to improve student learning? Are you looking for ways increase student equity in your classroom? If yes, then use the link below to access approximately 400 recordings from this year’s Assessment Institute, held in October 2021.

The Assessment Institute, hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is the oldest and largest higher education event in the United States focused on assessment and improvement. Are you interested in getting involved or have success stories to share? If yes, consider submitting a proposal for next year’s conference.

Faculty Experience
Teaching in the Age of Disinformation
Shared by Kim Heinz, Coordinator of Library Collections

I often think about a headline that ran last January in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Teaching in the Age of Disinformation: Propaganda and Conspiracy Theories Are Everywhere. What’s a Professor to Do?” (To read the full article, select Harper College as your institution and log in with your Harper College username and password.)

Great question. Media literacy might be an overdue conversation in your circle but is a connection that we all now have. It’s tough, invigorating, and frankly, required teaching.

There’s a documentary entitled, TRUST ME, that I have incorporated into my media literacy sessions with students this semester. “The documentary explores human nature, information technology, and the need for media literacy to help people trust one another, bring them together and create a more resilient population.” The response has been phenomenal. Watch it. Get your students to watch it. And ask a librarian how information literacy can be worked into your courses. Can’t wait to continue this conversation with you!

Online Learning
teaching online successfully
Considering a Teaching Online Successfully Course?

Have you been considering taking a Teaching Online Successfully course (Create, Facilitate, or Enhance)? Registration for Teaching Online Successfully courses for Spring 2022 is now open.

Not sure if you’re ready to commit to one of the two-week online courses? Read some feedback about the courses from fellow Harper faculty:

  • “I have never been a student using Blackboard, so it was wonderful for me to actually work through materials and modules as my students do.”
  • “There was a diverse selection of content as well. All of the suggested processes and tools are readily implemented. This class makes a real difference.”

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
December 8, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

January 24, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

January 31-February 13 (GECs: 1) register by: January 17

February 1-March 29 (GECs: 3) register by: January 18
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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