Academy News - January 26, 2022
Blackboard Ally: Fix Your Content with the Academy!

Have you noticed the Ally indicators in your Blackboard course, but haven’t had the chance to explore Ally further? Have you opened the Ally course report, only to close it because you don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’ve worked to improve the accessibility of your content, but have specific questions?

Then join the Academy for “Fix Your Content Hour” on February 25 from 10-11 a.m. where you get the hour to focus on improving your content while having members of the Academy there to answer questions or even work 1-to-1 with you in a breakout room.

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Google Workspace

Google Workspace is a suite of easy-to-use tools that provide a flexible and secure foundation for learning, collaboration, and communication. Faculty now have access to Harper’s Google Workspace, which presents some new ways to engage with students.

Learn how to access Google Workspace with your Harper credentials.

To learn more about Google Workspace at Harper, register for an upcoming workshop:
Evidence Based
Evidence-Based Teaching Practices Across Disciplines

In this Graduate Equivalency Course, you will learn the theory behind evidence-based teaching practices, and explore ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBP) across disciplines. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods as well as consider how they may adjust their practices based on research on learning.

Learn More & Register (registration deadline: February 2)
Whatever the modality, the Library is ready!

Whether your class is fully online, hybrid, on-campus, or even HyFlex, the Library has instruction options to meet your needs: synchronous online sessions, on-campus classes in the Library or your classroom, dozens of asynchronous instructional videos, the Embedded Librarian program (personal librarian paired with your course in Blackboard), and more.

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Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty at Harper. The Academy team and Blackboard Tech Support will be available remotely through January 29. We will resume on-campus support beginning January 31 when on-campus classes and student services resume.

Not sure what to ask or where to start? We’re here for you! Just fill out the Academy Request Form, and an Academy team member will follow-up with you.
Did you miss the Spring 2022 President’s Address or would like to review some of the information? Use the link above to view the PowerPoint presentation, video, and other resources.

The theme of this year’s Professional Development Day on March 17 is “Stronger Together: Supporting the Three Pillars of Equity.” Be sure to save the date. To support this effort, the college is developing a full day of professional development programming. Share your how-tos, best practices, case studies and lessons learned with the campus community. If you are interested in presenting a professional development session, please review the information and submission form using the link above.

Student Development remains grateful to faculty partners who continue to encourage student success with Starfish. Harper’s early-alert system provides a wonderful opportunity to address student concerns early to support retention and student completion. Use the link above for a few reminders on how to make the best use of Starfish.

Join us for session 2 of the Campus Free Speech and Free Expression Series. As we review what the law says about academic freedom and rights of students and faculty to freely express their perspectives, we will explore how those laws apply to lecture, discussion, and student presentations across modalities. Real scenarios of challenging dialogue including highly-charged language, comments, and opinions will be presented along with how faculty managed these situations to maintain free speech while providing a safe and comfortable environment for student engagement. This will be an interactive session in which faculty can critique the illustrations provided, share their own experiences, and debate best ways to honor democratic spaces and facilitate safe and empowering discourse.

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.
Student Learning
Do you know how to teach it better? If yes, we want to hear from you!

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee

Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to “Use quantitative analytical skills to interpret and evaluate problems” at the time they graduate from Harper.
Last year, an assessment was conducted to measure students’ quantitative reasoning skills, specifically in the areas of graph reading, table reading, table evaluation, and number sense. Although students scored high in some areas, overall results indicated that only 61.7% of students were able to answer at least five of the six questions correctly, well below the criterion for success of 70%.

Do you have ideas to help improve students’ Quantitative Reasoning Skills? Do you have teaching methods that have worked for your students in the past? Have you designed study guides that improved students’ skills?

Learn more and complete this survey to share your ideas about these results and students’ Quantitative Reasoning skills.
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How well can Harper students consider diverse perspectives and cultures?

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee

Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to “Examine diverse perspectives and cultures as they relate to the individual, the community, and the global society” at the time they graduate from Harper.

This spring, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Diverse Perspectives and Cultures Work Group will lead an assessment of the Diverse Perspectives and Cultures outcome. Those of you who teach a course that maps to this outcome may be asked to participate in the assessment.
Faculty Experience
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22&You Faculty Playlist from Provost's Meeting

At the Spring 2022 Provost’s Meeting, the Academy asked faculty to think about what they can do to stay strong while supporting students in the upcoming semester and to submit motivational song titles or sayings.

Faculty and staff in attendance shared a variety of suggested tunes in the chat, and from there we created the 22&You Faculty Playlist, which you can access through Spotify (link to playlist).

Online Learning
Online Learning Overview & Success Strategies - Please Share with Students!

As it is still early in the semester, students can still benefit from resources that will help them transition and prepare for online or blended learning at Harper.

Please share the following success strategies with your students.

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
January 31-February 13 (GECs: 1) registration now closed

February 1-March 29 (GECs: 3) register by: January 28

February 4, 11 a.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

February 16-April 13 (GECs: 3) register by: February 2

February 21-March 6 (GECs: 1) register by: February 7
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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