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Academy News - January 7, 2020
Spring 2020 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and we look forward to seeing you during Orientation Week this week and during the spring semester!

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

  • TILT Kick-Off Workshop: Using a Transparent Framework to Remove Barriers to Student Success
  • Adversity, Trauma, and Microaggressions: Learn to Boost Your Students' (and Your!) Emotional and Cognitive Bandwidth
  • Lunch & Learn with the 20-Minute Mentor Series
  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
  • Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF)
  • Choosing Technology Without Losing Your Mind
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Your Online Meeting Space

All Harper College Faculty are cordially invited to attend the Faculty Retreat 2020: "Full TILT: Transparency in Learning and Teaching to Increase Student, Faculty, and Institutional Success" on March 13-14. Learn more and register using the link above. Rooms are limited; please register by January 24 to guarantee your reservation.

Quick reminder: you need to make your Blackboard course available to your students when the semester starts. All it takes is six quick clicks!

Reminder to visit the Harper Syllabus webpage for templates, examples, and all related resources. Did you know the syllabus webpage includes grab-and-go verbiage? Visit the webpage to copy/paste required college policy verbiage, optional statements, and student support services information.

With the new semester starting, be prepared for any emergency and watch this video from Environmental Health & Safety and Harper Police. Topics include: fire drills and evacuation duties; severe weather procedures; environmental health, safety, and risk management overview; injury reporting; bomb threats; and active shooter response. Please consider playing this video during the first week of classes and share it as an announcement in Blackboard.

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.

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).

Please mark your calendars and save the date! The Strategic Planning Conference will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Westin, Itasca. The themes which emerged from the Fall 2019 strategic planning activities will be validated at this conference. RSVP required, watch for more information.
Student Learning
Professional Development Opportunity

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
Meet Ranjani Murali, Diverse Faculty Fellow

Ranjani Murali became a Diverse Faculty Fellow this past fall, but she has been at Harper since 2015 as an adjunct faculty member teaching English. The first class she ever taught for Harper was an evening class at the Harper Professional Center. But this wasn't her first experience teaching. Like many adjunct faculty, Ranjani was stitching together several jobs. While teaching at Harper, she also taught at DeVry University and in a middle school as a long-term substitute. Teaching middle schoolers challenged her to think more creatively and gave her insight into the K-12 system.

We Are Harper: Mukila Maitha

Geography has been my favorite subject since elementary school, and I have always had a strong interest in nature and the world around me. I had the good fortune of being exposed to diverse cultures growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, and this sparked my interest in the world around me. As a student at Northern Illinois University, I was introduced to GIS by a professor and took advantage of classes and internship opportunities that were offered to begin my GIS journey. This allowed me to land my first professional job as a data analyst and later a GIS programmer for a leading map company.

Online Learning
Promote a Sense of Community in Your Online Course

A recent article from Faculty Focus explores seven strategies that could be implemented now to promote and increase community in your online course this spring.

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
January 16, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

January 17, 9 a.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

January 27 - February 9 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: January 13

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 18, 2 p.m.

March 13-14 (CEUs: 0.4 Friday; 0.8 Friday & Saturday)
Faculty Photos
While in Costa Rica in November 2019, Harper faculty Kathleen Reynolds, Alina Pajtek, and Rich Johnson, presented at a major conference for teachers of English as a foreign language, gave workshops on pedagogical strategies, delivered a keynote address, and finalized the terms of our partnership with Universidad Nacional Campus Sarapiqui.
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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