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Academy News - July 15, 2020
New Webinar! From Checklist to Course: Essential Online Course Features Showcase

To help busy faculty get up to speed on the "must-haves" for a quality online course, the Academy has developed a 15-item Essential Online Course Features Checklist .

This webinar will showcase Harper faculty courses that demonstrate these essential course features in action, and provide you with ideas and suggestions to help you "check the boxes" as you create quality online course experiences for students.

´╗┐Considerations for equity pedagogies for each section of the checklist will be shared along with a few examples of applications.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 28
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • CEUs: 0.15

web conference
What Should I Use? Web Conferencing Tools for Your Online Course

With fall semester approaching, it's a good time to think about how to connect with students in a remote learning environment. Web conferencing (aka video conferencing) is a powerful learning tool that can bring real-time interaction online. There are several ways web conferencing can be used in your online course, such as synchronous or asynchronous instruction, office hours, guest speakers, chat, collaboration, and student presentations.

With so many options available, how do you decide which web conferencing tool to use? At Harper we support Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, and Microsoft Teams. Choosing a tool supported by the College offers advantages, such as access to the full features of the tool and support for you and your students.

To help you decide what to use, the Academy has created a one-page quick guide that compares the top features of each tool.

Fall 2020 Resources: Course Template, Syllabus Template, Online Course Checklist, and More!

Fall 2020 course shells are now available in Blackboard. Here are important resources to help you as you prepare for the fall semester:

  • Fall 2020 Blackboard Course Template
  • Fall 2020 Online/Blended Syllabus Template
  • Essential Online Course Features Checklist
  • Quick Guide for Copying One Blackboard Course to Another

Online Instruction Support & Resources

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty who are making the transition to online instruction. Please review the resources below and let us know how we can continue to support you!

Blackboard Course Template (Fall 2020)
The Academy has created a Fall 2020 Blackboard Course Template to help faculty in the building of their Fall 2020 semester. Using this template is not required; however, it can save you time, provide you with ideas for what to include in your course, and provide students a consistent navigation of your course. Learn more .

Online/Blended Syllabus Template (Fall 2020)
A "special edition" of the Harper College syllabus template has been created for Fall 2020. This edition contains several updates to help students find resources while learning at a distance. Learn more .

Essential Online Course Features Checklist
As you develop your courses for Fall 2020, consider using this 15-item checklist of the "essentials" of a well-designed and facilitated online or blended course. The checklist also contains links to tutorials, resources, and ideas to help you in your course building. Learn more .

Join the Online Instruction Forum
The Academy has launched an Online Instruction Forum for Harper faculty in Yammer. Yammer is a social platform within Office 365 that gives Harper employees a secure and convenient way to communicate and collaborate. The ability share ideas is integral to the success of transitioning to online teaching. Learn more and join .

Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series Recordings
To support the transition to fully online instruction, the Academy hosted a five-part webinar series. Watch the recordings and view presentation slides .

Essential Online Skills Recorded Sessions
Watch a recording of an Essential Online Skills session. The session focuses on essential Blackboard and Collaborate (live, virtual lecture) skills.

Resources for Faculty & Students
The Transition to Online Instruction webpage is continually being updated with additional resources as they become available.

Support for Blackboard and Online Instruction
Please continue to submit all Blackboard and Online Instruction requests using the Online Instruction Support form, rather than via phone or email. An Academy team member will follow up with you within one business day.
Save the date for the 7th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference, featuring keynote speaker, Thomas J. Tobin, Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference will be virtual this year and take place on Thursday, September 10. Learn more using the link above.

Wondering how to add copyrighted videos to your online courses? Need a specific film for fall semester? Email librarian, Kim Fournier ( kfournie@harpercollege.edu ) for access and assistance. Or browse the Library's webpage of video platforms using the link above.

Mark your calendars for Harper's fourth virtual town hall, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23. See Webex log information using the link above. Please submit your questions using this form by July 17.

The Center for New Students has created "how-to" videos to help students get oriented to technology and self-service options while employees have been working remotely. Use the link above to learn more about how students get started at Harper and connect with resources and services to support their success. Please also share these videos with your students.

Blackboard has replaced the Box View inline grading tool with a new tool called Bb Annotate. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set for instructors to provide customizable feedback to students when grading assignment submissions. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more. Watch a video tour of the new tool and view FAQs using the link above.

Join the Employee Technical Skills trainers for the virtual Ask a Technical Trainer Series. Trainers are here to answer your questions on Webex, Office 365, and LinkedIn Learning. Drop in (virtually) to ask a question or stay the whole hour. No registration required. See the schedule for upcoming dates and times using the link above.

The Student Development Division provides holistic and accessible advising and counseling services to empower students to maximize their potential, achieve their academic goals, and support their success, growth, and development. The Division supports student success in the following ways: Advising Services, One Million Degrees, Hawks Care Resource Center and Counseling Services, Center for New Students and Orientation, Access and Disability Services, and the Rita and John Canning Women's Program.

The following online resources are available to you for now cost: Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO), Illinois Online Network (ION), Magna Publications (including 20-Minute Mentor on-demand videos), National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), and Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Use the link above to learn more and view login information.

If you would like to be involved in Shared Governance - the process to gather input and develop recommendations that may result in institutional policy and/or address campus needs - here's your opportunity. Shared Governance at Harper offers roles for every constituent group on campus. The FY 2020-2021 Shared Governance Committee Openings are posted: See Vacancies by Constituency for FY 2020-2021 or Vacancies by Committee for FY 2020-2021.
Student Learning
Tia Brown McNair
Save the Date: 12th Annual Assessment Conference

Save the date for the 12th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is also the lead author of the newly released book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education .
Faculty Experience
Virtual Geospatial Technologies Workshop a Success

Submitted by Mukila Maitha, Geography

Twenty-five educators from around the country attended the Harper College-GeoTech Center virtual workshop on teaching with geospatial technologies from June 17 to June 19. Educators joined this virtual event from across the country and the attendees included community college and university faculty, high school teachers, and independent educators. Because many disciplines have a geographic or spatial component, the fields represented were quite diverse.

Geospatial technologies enable instructors to promote active learning through activities that include interactive maps, multimedia narratives (StoryMaps), and data analysis. Students benefit through learning tools for data analysis, visualization, and reporting. They also get to learn digital storytelling, spatial analysis, and at advanced levels, software and database development. This provides students with marketable career skills that are applicable in a wide range of fields that use location information.

Continue reading to learn more about the virtual workshop and teaching with geospatial technologies.
Online Learning
Online Instruction Student Survey Results

In an effort to gauge student feedback with Harper's transition to an online platform for learning during the Spring 2020 semester, a survey was administered by the College on May 11, 2020.

Students were asked questions regarding the types of activities they participated in during this transition as well as those that worked best and which ones proved more challenging.

In total, 484 students responded to the survey. We hope this student feedback is valuable as you prepare your classes for the Fall 2020 semester.

Please see the results of the survey here: Online Instruction Student Survey Results
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
July 20 - August 2 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: July 13

July 27 - August 9 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: July 20

July 28, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

August 17 - August 21

August 20, 4 p.m.

September 10, 3 p.m.

September 25
Faculty Photos
Raeghan Graessle, Physics/Engineering
William Clark, Mathematics
Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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