Academy News
     January 9, 2018
Spring 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Welcome back! We look forward to seeing you during Orientation Week! There are a lot of engaging sessions to choose from this week. A few highlights include:
  • Blackboard Collaborate Faculty Showcase
  • The Escape Room Classroom
  • How to Find & Enhance Open Educational Resources
  • Help One More Student Stay
  • Empathy & Rigor: Culture of Care in the Classroom
  • The Truth: Unpacking the Alternative Testing Module
  • Globalizing the Curriculum: How to Add a Global Perspective to Your Classes
  • Working With Students on the Autism Spectrum in the College Classroom
  • Graphs and Tables are More Than Just Pictures!
  • Title IX, HEAT & Student Conduct: Your Questions Answered
  • The College's Vision Statement: A Focus on Our Future
  • President's All Campus Meeting
  • Coffee, Tea, Scones and All Faculty Meeting with the Provost
Browse the full schedule.
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Don't miss Tech Fest on Wednesday!
Learn how your colleagues have integrated technology in their courses and j oin us for a round-up of integrated technology examples, the latest technology on campus, and more.
  • Date: Wednesday, January 10
  • Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Building Y Megalab
Spring 2018 GECs
Registration deadlines are approaching quickly so register online now to secure your spot for a Spring 2018 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC):
GECs are offered at no-cost and are open to all full-time and adjunct faculty. 
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Do your students struggle with citing and using sources appropriately?
The Library and Writing Center can partner with you to design learning experiences to help your students with citing, plagiarism, and other research needs.

Learn more.
Spring 2018 Workshops
Our hands-on workshops this semester explore great tools and techniques and will be held in our new Academy space in Building F!
  • Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric (online workshop)
  • Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom
  • Building ePortfolios in Blackboard
  • Engaging Generation Z in Your Classroom
  • Recording Studio Demo
Learn more and register online now.

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Accommodating Diverse Learners
Are you prepared to accommodate diverse learners in your classroom? Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter from Access and Disability Services will assist faculty and staff in answering this question in the upcoming Academy webinar, Accommodating Diverse Learners.

Learn more and register online now.

What can faculty realistically do to support DACA/Undocumented-affected students in and out of the classroom?
Written by Devin Chambers, Academic Advisor and Adjunct Faculty
In November's Board meeting, the Board passed a resolution of support of DREAMERS (young people that came to the United States before the age of 16 through no fault of their own) and urged Congress to act quickly to protect this population after the DACA program was suspended in September.

Continue reading to learn more and some of the "Do's" and "Don'ts" when working with these students. 
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Meet the Diverse Faculty Fellows
Have you met the Diverse Faculty Fellows yet?

Learn more about the Diverse Faculty Fellow Program at Harper. 

Don't forget the Harper College Syllabus Checklist & Template
Visit the Harper College Syllabus webpage for: 
  • Example syllabi for face-to-face and online courses using the template
  • Grab-and-Go college policy verbiage that you can copy and paste into your syllabus
  • Language for student support services
and more!

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Online Library Resources
Are you interested in exploring affordable online course content for your classes? Librarians can assist by showing you how to access online journals, ebooks, and digital videos. Link directly to full-text articles and full-length media, from some of the largest and most reputable publishers, without any additional cost to students.

Learn more about strengthening your course content and adding online library resources to your curriculum. 
The Faculty Lounge
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Faculty Retreat: Meet One of Our Featured Presenters
Dr. Jorge Argueta has served as a domestic violence and substance abuse counselor as well as a victim's advocate in addition to his role as an adjunct faculty member in Harper's Psychology department. Through his PechaKucha presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds), Dr. Argueta will share his successes in engaging and retaining vulnerable students by sharing his approach to developing a keen awareness of their obstacles in the start of every course, creating inclusive teaching materials, making students participants in class retention efforts, and helping connect them with resources. Continue reading...

Stay tuned to the Academy News for more presenter features leading up to the Faculty Retreat.
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Faculty Retreat: Sign Up for the Friday Evening Programs (Trivia & Talent)
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies 
The 50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat will include two fun programs on Friday evening that we're excited to tell you about!
  • Trivia: "Educated Guesses"
  • Talent: "Faculty's Faculties"

Learn more and sign up now

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Breathing Life into the Curriculum
Written by Laura Smith, Instructor, Health Careers with Stephanie Whalen, Chair
Laura Smith, new faculty in Health Careers, came to the Academy at the start of the fall semester looking for ideas for how to go beyond presenting information in a typical PowerPoint format. We followed-up with her during finals week to hear about how things were going and it turns out she came up with a variety of ways to make things more interactive and lively and go way beyond a routine lecture.

Continue reading to hear what she had to say about the trials and triumphs of her first semester.
Student Learning Showcase
A Focus on Student Learning
As we recharge our batteries and get ready for a new semester, it's also time to think about how we can best help our students. Please join us during the Orientation Week sessions that focus on student learning!
  • Learn about the genesis of Harper College's Global Learning Outcomes, what they are, and how you can "globalize" your courses by integrating one or more GLO into your curriculum. (Wednesday, January 10)
  • Find out how to make connections between your course content and quantitative reasoning, even if you don't consider your course to be related to quantitative reasoning. (Wednesday, January 10)
  • Back by popular demand! Start your Thursday morning off right by playing a sticker hunt before the Provost's meeting! Win valuable prizes! (Thursday, January 11). Remember the coffee, tea, and scones, too!
Learn more.

We look forward to seeing you at these and other sessions throughout the week!
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Blackboard Bootcamp
Tuesday, January 9, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 13, 12:45 p.m.

Tech Fest
Wednesday, January 10, 2 p.m.

Blackboard Collaborate Faculty Showcase
Thursday, January 11, 3 p.m.

The Escape Room Classroom
Thursday, January 11, 4:30 p.m.

Community of Practice Open House Lunch
Friday, January 12, 12 p.m.

50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat
Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 
Faculty Photos
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What's Happening @ Harper?
Save the Date
Saturday, April 14: Community Day: 50th Anniversary Event
Friday, April 20: Faculty Development Festival
Saturday, May 19:
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building D, Room D281
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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