Academy News
     July 18, 2018
fall 2018 orientation week
Fall 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week Schedule
Fall 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week is Monday, August 13 - Saturday, August 18.

The schedule is now available!  Browse the full schedule .
academy workshop
Register Now for Fall Workshops & GECs
student assistants
Meet our Student Aides
The Academy is excited to introduce our wonderful new student aides:
  • Dyrell Chatham
  • Sowmya Ramakrishnan
Dyrell is starting his second year at Harper in the fall and is studying Business Management. He would like to go into Public Relations and wants to work for a fashion magazine in the future. Sowmya is also starting her second year at Harper in the fall and is working toward her Information Systems degree. After Harper, she plans to earn a Masters in MIS or Business Administration.
Submit Your Video(s) for Captioning
Access & Disability Services provides in-class speech-to-text captioning and video captioning as part of their disability and accommodation services. The Academy is complementing this critical service by supporting captioning and transcription for online videos ahead of an accommodation request. This effort seeks to help faculty move their courses towards complete accessibility while also providing universal benefits for all learners.

Learn more about this service and submit your video(s) for captioning before your next class begins.
Reminder: Update Your Syllabus
The Library, Writing Center, Tutoring Center, and Success Services are now located in Building F. Please update your syllabi to reflect the new locations. The Harper College Syllabus Template and all related resources on the Harper College Syllabus webpage have been updated to reflect these location changes.

Not familiar with the Harper College Syllabus Template? Read more about it here.
New! Blackboard Drop-in Sessions
The Academy will be offering drop-in training and technical support in Blackboard on select Tuesdays (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) and Thursdays (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.) during the Fall 2018 semester, facilitated by Karen Herold. Each session will begin with a short training on a specific topic, but feel free to bring any questions and issues you would like resolved. No registration required.

For those just getting started with Blackboard, register for one of our Blackboard Bootcamps during Orientation Week!
RSVP: Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
Don't forget to RSVP for the Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference on Wednesday, August 15 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Wojcik Conference Center.

The Faculty Lounge
Teaching in the Fast Lane: One CoP's Experience Accelerating Basic Writing
Written by Judi Nitsch, Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
At Harper, we can be a bit obsessed with speed. Most of us have been in a meeting or invited to work on an initiative wherein we "accelerate" something, be it time to degree, selection of a pathway, or completion of a course sequence.

In the English Department, we began to accelerate our developmental sequence six years ago, adopting a now-famous model from the Community College of Baltimore County: the Accelerated Learning Program, or ALP. Students who almost earned the Compass score for direct placement into credit-level English were mainstreamed into ENG 101 and given a supplemental hour of supportive instruction from their English instructor. The program was, as you might expect, put into place very quickly.

Coming Fall 2018: Communities of Practice "Action Plan-tasia"
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Plan-tasia is a play on the classic Disney film  Fantasia , which is comprised of eight short animations and a score of classical music meant to engage the imagination. The production of this 1940 masterpiece was a group undertaking in which teams of skilled artists collaborated to come up with creative, meaningful representations of dream-like visions. Similarly, Communities of Practice are meant to engage groups of skilled practitioners to generate and explore innovative ideas that would not be possible without synergy among the members. Action Planning is a creative group process that represents the magic of coming together to develop an intricate and inspiring plan for work that will invigorate and improve classroom practice. A Fantasia is a musical composition that is free form so that the artist can improvise in an unrestricted way, yet it often combines several familiar tunes and a variety of forms or styles. In a CoP, the members are free to experiment by implementing something new in their practice that builds on their combined experiences and varying approaches to student success.

Continue reading to learn more about the exciting next step in the CoP program development taking place this fall.
Student Learning Showcase
Assessment Conference & Share Fair
The 10th Annual Conference will feature  Dr. Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University.

This year's event will include:
  • Poster session featuring Communities of Practice at Harper
  • Keynote address on metacognition & student learning
  • Workshop on student motivation
  • Breakout sessions presented by Harper faculty & staff
This is an excellent professional development opportunity! Please save the date on your calendar: Friday, September 21 at 8 a.m. in the Wojcik Conference Center.  Registration information coming soon!
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Monday, August 13, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28, 12 p.m.
Thursday, August 30, 4 p.m.

Blackboard Drop-in Session: Creating a Learning Module
Tuesday, September 4, 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 6, 4 p.m.
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Save the Date
Friday, September 21:  Assessment Conference & Share Fair
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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