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Academy News - February 5, 2020
Tech Week 2020: February 18 - 21

Harper's second annual 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. Download the full Tech Week & Tech Expo schedule.

Tech Expo: Tuesday, February 18, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Live Streaming on Twitch and YouTube: Learn how to set up streaming using free software for the classroom or home.
  • Podcasting in the College Classroom: Podcasts can empower students to demonstrate their own learning. See how!
  • Tech Playground with the iSquad: Visitors from Barrington Middle School will bring EdTech tools that students in Harper's feeder schools are using to enhance learning.
  • ...and much more. See the full list of topics.

Tech Week Workshops, Webinars, and Open Houses
  • Lightboard & Swivl Open House: Try out these innovative, easy-to-use recording tools for lectures and presentations available in the Academy.
  • OneDrive: Get drop-in assistance on transferring your files to OneDrive.
  • What OER Means to Me: Panel discussion about what OER means for the whole Harper community and see projects in action.
  • ...and much more. See the full list of topics.

Electronics and Battery Recycling
More than 20 faculty and 400 students experienced Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF) in their classes in 2019, and the feedback has shown that it can be a positive semester-altering experience. Give SGIF a try in Spring 2020 and see how it can help you and your students! There are two ways to participate: complete a full SGIF workshop (two sessions left: 2/6 and 2/7! ) or request an SGIF session to be conducted in your class. Learn more and register using the link above.

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. The goal is for you to move your files from your network personal (H:) drive to cloud storage (OneDrive) by Spring Break. This approach will help Harper operate more cost-efficiently and allow you access to your files from anywhere.

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 and upcoming workshops are being offered to help applicants with completing the grant application package.

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)

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)

  • Evidence-Based Teaching
  • Equity Pedagogies and Practices
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance

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)

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)

The ID Card Office is exploring methods to increase the number of students that receive their Harper ID card. In addition to partnering with CNSO and Academic Advising during New Student Orientation Sessions, ID Card Office hours are being extended during the first week of classes and at other times during the semester when late start classes begin. Use the link above to view the extended and regular ID Card Office hours. Please share this information with your students.
Student Learning
How well can Harper students use credible sources?

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

Our General Education Learning Outcome, Information Literacy, states that students should be able to "Apply a variety of credible sources to support a given topic" at the time they graduate from Harper.

This spring, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Information Literacy Work Group will lead an assessment of the Information Literacy outcome. Those of you who teach a course that maps to this outcome may be asked to participate in the assessment. Courses are selected at random and faculty members will be notified by their Dean in early February. Be on the lookout for more information about this assessment early this spring.

View update about the Diverse Perspectives and Cultures outcome.
Faculty Experience
Everyone in the Pool - Starfish for Everyone!

Submitted by Student Development

Effective Spring 2020, we are "all in" with Starfish. Yes! All credit students are now in the Starfish student success and communication system. You asked, we answered. (Okay - it took a little time, but we're there now!)

  • Why is this news?
  • How are we doing this?
  • Why don't some students have an assigned advisor?
  • What about surveys?
  • What is the evidence and the secret to success?
  • Have questions or need assistance?

Online Learning
ILCCO Growing Online Learning Conference

The ILCCO (Illinois Community Colleges Online) Growing Online Learning Conference is scheduled for February 11-13. The theme of this year's free, web-based conference is Humanizing the Online Environment: Increasing Instructor Presence and Enhancing Student Engagement.

Sessions include Making Instructional Videos Work for Instructors & Students, Increasing Faculty Presence in an Online Speech Course, and Online Facilitation: A Guide for New to Online Faculty.

Learn more about the conference sessions: ILCCO Growing Online Learning Conference

All sessions on February 11 and 13 will be streamed in the Academy, so feel free to stop in and experience the sessions with your colleagues.

Harper OSCQR Rubric: Guide for Online Course Design
From this online conference, gain some new ideas that follow these Course Overview and Interaction OSCQR standards:
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
February 6, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
February 7, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

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

February 17 - March 1 (GECs: 1)
registration closed

February 18 - February 21

February 18, 2 p.m.

February 20, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

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

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

March 13-14 (CEUs: 0.4 Friday; 0.8 Friday & Saturday)
registration closed
Faculty Photos
Community of Practice Share-ousel 2019
Early Career Faculty Community of Practice
Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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