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Academy News - December 9, 2020
Spring 2021 Resources

Spring 2021 course shells are available in Blackboard (were made available in mid-November). Here are important resources to help you as you prepare for the semester:

  • Spring 2021 Blackboard Course Template
  • Spring 2021 Online/Blended Syllabus Template
  • Essential Online Course Features Checklist
  • Quick Guide for Copying One Blackboard Course to Another
  • Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Guide
  • Assessment & Proctoring Options in the Online Environment

Let's Pause Right Here: Addressing Microaggressions in the Moment

Join us for the last session of the Bandwidth Recovery Series:

  • Date: Thursday, December 17
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Monica Shirley, Paralegal Studies; Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair; Rob Hill, Inclusive Instructional Design Specialist

Library Instruction for Spring 2021

The Library is currently accepting requests for Spring 2021 instruction! Even if you haven’t solidified your plans, it’s not too early to get in touch to discuss ways our librarians can help you and your students. All Library instruction continues to be offered online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, including our Embedded Librarian program that pairs a librarian with your course. In Fall 2020, we provided instructional support on topics such as developing a research question, using specific research tools, evaluating information, understanding plagiarism, creating an annotated bibliography, and much more!

Learn more about Library instruction offerings, tutorials/videos, and how to submit a request.
Register Now for Spring Professional Development Credit Opportunities

The Academy has developed programming for the spring semester with a focus on equity pedagogies and practices, accessibility, and connecting with students. Use the links below to view details and register. Additional spring programs, including the Faculty Retreat, are under development and will be added to this page in the coming months.

  • Teaching Online Successfully: Create, Facilitate, or Enhance
  • Race and Education

  • Incorporating Games and Play Into Online Classes
  • Become an Ally Advocate: Improve the Accessibility of Course Materials with Ally for Blackboard
  • Diminish the Distance: Conference and Connect
  • Conducting Guided Mid-Semester Surveys
  • Staying Centered in Trying Times
  • The 5 Ws of Group Work
  • Captioning Methods for Ensuring Accessibility for Instructional Videos
  • Are Your Assessments Auditing or Educating? Creating Authentic and Educative Assessments
Online Instruction Support & Resources

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty. Please review the resources below and let us know how we can continue to support you.

Please continue to submit support requests using the Online Instruction Support form. An Academy team member will follow up with you within one business day.
Looking for more ways to encourage your students to complete the SOI (Student Opinionnaires of Instruction) Survey for your course this semester? Use the link above to see a quick tip!

The Academic Support Center, which includes tutoring services, will be open through Friday, December 18 to help our students finish strong!

Spring 2021 Orientation Week will take place January 12 - January 15. The schedule is coming soon and will be available on the Harper Intranet Portal (HIP).

Tenured, full-time faculty who have attained a minimum of one promotion as a Harper faculty member are invited to apply for the Faculty Director position. Applicants should be able to demonstrate extensive involvement and leadership potential in the advancement of the college’s international education initiatives. Please use the link above to review the position terms and duties/responsibilities, ensure you meet the minimum qualifications, and discuss the opportunity with your Dean before applying. Applications are due by Friday, February 19, 2021.

With monthly updates and weekly patches/fixes on our Blackboard Server, we want to keep you up to date on all that is happening in real time with Blackboard. We’ve created a “Blackboard Known Issues/Updates” page that we will update weekly. You can toggle between the Known Issues/Updates pages in the top right corner of the page. As issues are fixed, it will reflect in the title as [RESOLVED]. We suggest you check this page for the latest updates and fixes. Please bookmark the link above.

After a lifetime of studying meditative martial arts, Dr. Josh Sunderbruch would like to offer a few ways that mindset and staying centered can help during stressful times. An introductory session will be offered on December 10 followed by four sessions during the Spring 2021 semester.

In addition to teaching, Harper's studio art faculty are dedicated to making and exhibiting their own work. This biennial exhibition featuring works by 17 of our art faculty members provides an important opportunity for them to share their work with students, colleagues, and the community. View the virtual exhibition using the link above.

If you were unable to attend Town Hall #6 on December 1 or would like to review the meeting, the video is now available (use the link above). Answers to other questions are available on the HIP Coronavirus Advisory page.

Join Campus Recreation over winter break by participating in our winter break virtual workout incentive program. This program will begin on Monday, December 21 and ends on Sunday, January 17.
Student Learning
Try Argument Mapping! Improving Students' Critical Thinking Skills

Submitted by Brett Fulkerson-Smith, Philosophy

As part of its ongoing work to improve the results of the General Education Critical Thinking Assessment, the Learning Assessment Committee’s General Education-Critical Thinking Work Group designed a two-part workshop on argument mapping. The first of the two sessions, held virtually on October 30, was facilitated by Dr. Dona Warren, Director of the Critical Thinking Center at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Nearly two-dozen Harper faculty members and administrators attended the first workshop, which focused on the fundamentals of argument mapping both as a tool for analyzing existing arguments and creating one’s own arguments.

virtual conference
Free Access to Virtual Conference Recordings! 2021 Call for Proposals

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

The Assessment Institute is the oldest and largest higher education event in the United States focused on assessment and improvement. Since the October 2020 conference was held virtually this year, all sessions were recorded and are now available.

The annual conference is hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). It is designed to provide opportunities for individuals and campus teams to share and extend their knowledge and skills in assessment. The conference is also a means to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute. Are you interested in getting involved? Do you have success stories to share?

Faculty Experience
Meet Edward Hamel

Edward Hamel, music instructor, is the newest Diverse Faculty Fellow to join Harper. He is also an accomplished composer as well as a mastering and mixing engineer with his own record label, SCRIPTS Records. Edward believes community college is a great place to help students who are still figuring things out and want to learn about all of the options available in the music world. Music, as academic or complex as it can be, should be accessible to anyone and everyone. “There is a stigma in the academic music world that you are almost born into it. If you are not playing an orchestral instrument by the time you are five years old, you are already behind,” said Edward

Ed's record label SCRIPTS just released a compilation album of new electronic pieces from composers/artists around the nation. All sales will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City - a nonprofit organization in Chicago doing beautiful things and important work for the underprivileged youth. He wrote a new electronic piece under his alias ONLY as well. Here is a link to the album: SCRIPTS - Swing Suck Swaddle Side Sound
Online Learning
Online Student Resources - New!

In order to provide additional resources to students remotely, the Center for New Students developed three new virtual workshops that can be sent to students using the links below.

  • How to Register Guide – This short guide provides information about the Spring 2021 modalities and schedule information to help students register for their correct courses.
  • Tips for Online Learning – This presentation provides success strategies and tips for taking a proactive approach to online learning.
  • Virtual Career Workshop – This presentation was created through collaboration with Counseling Services and the Job Placement Resource Center to help undecided students learn more about what they are looking for in a career and major, refine educational goals, and conduct an intentional job search.

Questions? Please contact Megan Dallianis in the Center for New Students at mdallian@harpercollege.edu.
Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
December 10, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.05)

December 17, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

January 13, 11 a.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

January 13, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 1.0)
January 28, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 1.0)

January 15, 9 a.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

January 25 - February 7 (GECs: 1) register by: January 11
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