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Academy News - January 22, 2020
Faculty Retreat - Register by this Friday, January 24!

All Harper faculty (full-time & adjunct) are cordially invited to attend the Faculty Retreat 2020: "Full TILT: Transparency in Learning and Teaching to Increase Student, Faculty, and Institutional Success."

Join us at the retreat in March when Angela Rasmussen from Spokane Community College will guide us through the research, principles, and applications of TILT-ing our work. Our efforts to increase transparency from the course to institutional level can demystify the college experience to provide underserved students with more equitable engagement. These evidence-based strategies will make clear the value of course content and support positive outcome expectancies. Approaching our work through TILT-ed lenses can also enhance communications, meetings, and initiatives to streamline and enrich our collaborative efforts across campus. Faculty examples of "TILT-ed" materials for teaching and work with colleagues will be shared, and participants will generate ideas for how they can TILT their work.

  • Dates: March 13-14
  • Location: Eaglewood Resort, Itasca
  • CEUs: 0.4 (Friday) and 0.8 (Friday & Saturday)
  • The retreat is fully funded; no individual professional development funds are required.

Studies show that community building can increase retention, improve students' cognitive intellectual development, and promote contributions to society. Find out why it's important for you to know how to create community, and hear ideas on how to build community from presenter Dr. Milton Cox, Lilly Conference director at Miami University and editor-in-chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Our Harper faculty facilitator for this session is Margaret Bilos, Speech. Come join Margaret and the Academy for a great discussion and lunch. (CEUs: 0.1)

We all have blind spots in our work. For instructors, one way to shed light on these blind spots is to invite a colleague into our classroom for a collaborative peer observation. This non-evaluative, non-judgmental approach creates shared ownership of the challenges we face as practitioners. The use of a structured protocol for observing instructor actions, student actions, and instructor/student interactions serves to hold up a mirror so that we can see our teaching in a different light and have autonomy in making changes that align with our values. (CEUs: 0.5)

Small group instructional feedback (SGIF) has arrived at Harper, and faculty and students are recommending that YOU try it! This 3-minute video gives an overview of what SGIF is and how it can help you and your students. (CEUs: 0.4)

  • Practicum in Action Research
  • Evidence-Based Teaching
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Create, Facilitate, Enhance
  • Equity Pedagogies and Practices

Save the Date for Tech Week 2020: February 18-21. The Tech Expo will kick off the week on Tuesday, February 18 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Academy (Building F, Room F317).

Information Technology has nearly completed the upgrade of all Windows-based computers (PCs) to Windows 10. Many of you have been on Windows 10 for a while; others are getting comfortable with it. If your computer has not been converted yet, IT will be contacting you. To help you adjust to Windows 10, IT has put together several tip sheets. Want in-person help? Sign up for a Windows 10 training session (held weekly). Questions? Contact the Service Desk, ext. 4357.

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

Harper Wellness and Human Resources Professional Enrichment are offering a 90-minute workshop where participants will engage in improvisational games that encourage and enhance communication, collaboration, and innovation in the workplace and beyond.
Student Learning
24th Annual Illinois Community College Assessment Fair

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

Would you like to learn how other community colleges are improving student learning? Are you seeking new ways to infuse assessment techniques? Are you exploring professional development opportunities to improve student success?

Attend the 24th Annual Illinois Community College Assessment Fair!

Faculty Experience
Equity Literacy Project Launch

The Art of Teaching for Equity Community of Practice has been working with partners from high school districts 211, 214, and 220 as part of a collaborative project to promote awareness around equity issues.

The CoP started meeting with a small group of high school staff and administrators in 2017 to begin to discuss the equity issues in our schools. Over the next two years, a collaborative group of more than 30 participants representing Harper and all three high school districts came together with the goal of creating a shared lexicon related to equity issues so that educators in the area could approach this work with a similar understanding of the issues and literally talk the same language while seeking to improve our institutional climates.

Launch of the Equity Literacy Project Resource: Learn More & Register
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 (Building F, Room F315), 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
January 27 - February 9 (GECs: 1)
registration closed

January 27, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

January 30, 3:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.5)
January 31, 10:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.5)

February 3, 4:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

February 4, 4 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
February 6, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
February 7, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

Februrary 7 - May 1 (GECs: 2)
registration deadline: January 24

February 18, 2 p.m.

March 13-14 (CEUs: 0.4 Friday; 0.8 Friday & Saturday)
registration deadline: January 24
Faculty Photos
Active and Engaging Learning Strategies Community of Practice
Fall 2019 Open House
Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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 ads@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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