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Academy News - February 19, 2020
It's Tech Week!

Tech Week is four days of drop-in workshops, presentations, webinars, and open houses celebrating technology and innovation at Harper. There are sessions for everyone. View the full Tech Week schedule.

Highlights include:
  • Lightboard & Swivl Open House (today from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.): Try out these innovative, easy-to-use recording tools for lectures and presentations available in the Academy.
  • Electronics & Battery Recycling (all week!): Drop off personal electronics and batteries in the Academy, Room F317. See the list of acceptable items.
  • OneDrive: Get drop-in assistance on transferring your files to OneDrive.
  • Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center & Library Make Shop Open Houses: Stop by and see what they have to make, create, and invent!

Webinar Event on Friday: Open Pedagogies & What OER Means to Me

Join us for this 2-part webinar event on Friday that explores collaborative technology, open pedagogies, and how Harper faculty and staff are engaging in innovative OER projects. This event will also showcase the new WebEx technology available to Harper employees. You can watch online or join us live in Room F315.

Part 1: Collaborative Tech & The Wicked Problem of "Open" Pedagogies
Problem-based pedagogy, including design thinking, has captured the imagination of teachers, students, and administrators. While it presents exciting opportunities for collaboration and innovation, it can also strain limited campus resources. This webinar brings together diverse voices, from IT director to faculty, to explore what happens when new technology and trending pedagogy meet.

Part 2: What OER Means to Me: Harper Employee Panel
The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement has been rapidly gaining momentum, as faculty and staff across the country discover the plethora of free, high-quality resources available to them online. Hear from Harper faculty, staff, and administration about what OER means for the whole Harper community and see projects in action.

Dr. Cia Verschelden will be holding two sessions on March 3 to help us figure out how we can help students reclaim some of their cognitive resources so they can "learn and grow, and as adults, live a meaningful life and contribute positively to the future of our society and the world." ( Bandwidth Recovery, Cia Verschelden, p. 121). See session description. All are invited to attend; registration required. (CEUs: 0.3)

  • Evidence-Based Teaching (last day to register)
  • Equity Pedagogies and Practices (register by March 16)
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by March 16)

In the ever-expanding EdTech market, how do you choose from all of the cool new tools without feeling overwhelmed? This session will focus on the thoughtful application of easy-to-use tech tools that can be used to complement your teaching practice and increase student engagement. You will leave this session with an idea of practical tools and ideas that can be implemented in time for your next lesson or activity. (CEUs: 0.15)

This video addresses how student misconceptions about course content can become barriers to learning and offers several techniques to help facilitate the adoption of alternative viewpoints. The video presenters are Dr. Sarah Lovern, Physiology and Dr. Tom Saleska, Biology, both of Concordia University Wisconsin. Our Harper faculty facilitator for this session is Paul Peterson, English. Come join Paul and the Academy for a great discussion and lunch. (CEUs: 0.1)

Did you know the Health & Recreation Center offers select group exercise classes free for employees? Would you like to learn how to build a mindfulness "toolkit"? What is Fresh Check Day? Learn more about some of these upcoming Harper Wellness programs using the links below.

Harper is changing from storing your files on a network personal (H:) drive to cloud storage (OneDrive). Information Technology is here to help you make the transition. IT has put together some information about the change, the ways they can help, and the timing. Review the plan and available resources using the link above. By Spring Break, your personal network (H:) drive will become "read only" as we make the switch to storing our files on OneDrive. This approach will help Harper operate more cost-efficiently and allow you access to your files from anywhere.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool designed specifically for education. With its comprehensive tools and capabilities, you can engage in a virtual classroom as if it were face-to-face. Faculty and students meet in an online space using features such as video and/or audio chat, whiteboard, slideshow, and screen sharing. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is accessible from a desktop, laptop, and iOS/Android phones and tablets. In this workshop you will get an opportunity to explore the tool and see how you can use it in your classroom. (CEUs: 0.2)

A SAFEzone is a confidential place (or person) where all people can bring their authentic selves and feel safe, welcomed, and included. The SAFEzone Training at Harper aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals to address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQIA+, inclusive of gender identity and gender expression, peers, family members, friends, coworkers, and for themselves. (CEUs: 0.4)

Have an idea for a new project? Want to develop or pilot a program or service, but lack the funding to support it? The Harper College Educational Foundation has up to $100,000 available through the Resource for Excellence (RFE) grant program which could be the answer to those questions. The RFE Grant Application Period is open until Friday, March 6.

The Harper College Police Department will conduct an active shooter emergency drill during the week of February 24. On main campus, the drill will be conducted twice: once during the day and once in the evening. At the Harper Professional Center and the Learning and Career Center, the drill will be conducted only in the evening. These drills will help each of us practice the important Run/Hide/Fight procedures. Learn more using the link above.
Student Learning
Argument Mapping: Optimizing Students' Cognitive Bandwidth

Submitted by Brett Fulkerson-Smith

In recent years, the scientific community has become increasingly focused on cognitive bandwidth, or what might be described colloquially as "mental space". Thankfully, the issue has more recently been taken up by educators. And at Harper, fruitful conversations between faculty and administrators abound about recovering our students' bandwidth lost to adversity, trauma, and microaggressions.

Bandwidth recovery is certainly an important step in ensuring our students' academic success. But, so too is bandwidth optimization. Did you know that argument mapping is an easy way to optimize your students' cognitive bandwidth?

Faculty Experience
Kevin Long: Bring on the Bard

Attend this exhilarating, insightful presentation by award-winning Kevin Long, author of Bring on the Bard and associate professor of theatre and speech at Harper. Learn how to decode the language, spelling, punctuation, meaning, emotion, and actions of the world of William Shakespeare.

Bring on the Bard offers active drama approaches that position students to engage with Shakespeare's text through low-risk speaking and improvisation activities as part of any ELA classroom. Learn more.

This free presentation, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee and Student Involvement, takes place on Thursday, February 27 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. in the Drama Lab, Building L, Room L109.

Online Learning
Online Discussion Boards: Save Time & Increase Engagement

A recent article from Faculty Focus explores ways to create discussions that support student learning and engagement with the material and each other.

Harper OSCQR Rubric: Guide for Online Course Design
Here are a few standards, from the Harper adopted course design rubric, that relate directly to the article provided above. When you visit the links below you will find explanations of, ideas for, and resources on these specific standards.
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
February 20, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

February 25, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

March 3, 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

March 3, 4 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
April 16, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

March 4 - April 29 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: February 19 (today!)

March 5, 12:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

February 7 - May 1 (GECs: 2)
registration closed

March 13-14 (CEUs: 0.4 Friday; 0.8 Friday & Saturday)
registration closed

April 17, 9 a.m. (CEUs: 0.3 morning; 0.2 afternoon; 0.5 both)
Faculty Photos
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What's Happening @ Harper?
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Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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 ads@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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