Academy News - July 21, 2021
Register Now for Fall GECs

Register now for a Fall 2021 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC). All Harper College faculty (full-time and adjunct) can register for GECs at no cost.

Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities: Learn More & Register

Equity Teaching Academy: Examine for Equity and Reflect on Equity: Learn More & Register

Exploring Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Community College Classroom in the U.S. Socio-Political Context: Learn More & Register

Teaching Online Successfully: Create, Facilitate, and Enhance: Learn More & Register
Fall 2021 Syllabus Template Now Available

The Fall 2021 version of the of the Harper College syllabus template is now available on the Harper Syllabus webpage. This version supports a variety of course modalities. It contains several important updates, including the Student Support Resources section to reflect the current student success, wellness, and safety resources available on campus and virtually for the fall semester. You can download the Fall 2021 syllabus template here or visit the Harper Syllabus webpage for more information.

Also check out the Fall 2021 Resources page for information about the Fall 2021 Blackboard Course Template as well as other resources to help you in your fall course preparations.
Equity Teaching Academy
Equity Teaching Academy - New GEC Series

The Academy is pleased to announce the inaugural run of a series of Graduate Equivalency Courses called the Equity Teaching Academy (ETA), which was developed in partnership with faculty from Roosevelt and City Colleges and informed by research from similar faculty development programs throughout the country. The first course in the series, “Examine for Equity,” invites participants to examine their individual and institutional contexts to generate deeper awareness of issues related to educational inequities. The second course, “Reflect on Equity,” guides faculty through experiences for deep reflection on their course design and facilitation. The third course in the series, “Redesign for Equity,” prompts faculty to consider institutional and course-level data as they envision ways to redesign aspects of their courses around equity pedagogies. Although we encourage taking all of the courses in order, participants may choose to take some and not all and in any order that works for their needs, interests, and schedules. In the inaugural series, Examine and Reflect will be offered as 6-week courses in Fall 2021 and Redesign will be offered as an 8-week course in Spring 2022.

Fall 2021 Opening Week: August 17-20

The Fall 2021 semester is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for these Opening Week events:
  • President's Address - August 17, 9 a.m.
  • Opening Week BBQ - August 17, 11:30 a.m.
  • Hawks Care Supply Drive - August 17

Interested in submitting a proposal for a presentation during Opening Week? Learn more. Deadline for submissions is July 23.
Blackboard Ally: Improving Course Accessibility

We’re excited to announce a new tool that will be available starting August 9 in Blackboard called Ally. Ally will integrate seamlessly into all Blackboard courses, which will give students the ability to download course content in a format that meets their needs. The alternative formats don’t affect the original course files and allows students to access formats such as an HTML version for their phone, an ePub version for their tablet, an MP3 version for audio, and electronic braille for braille readers. The process is as simple as a download for students. It’s also a timesaver for instructors since Ally is providing the alternative formats of files that may have previously been requested by students.

In preparation for the fall semester, information on Ally training and resources will be featured in upcoming Academy newsletters and emails. Opportunities to learn more about Ally will also be part of the upcoming Opening Week (August 17-20).
Instructional Resources & Support

The Academy is here to help all full-time and adjunct faculty at Harper. Here are the ways to get instructional and Blackboard support through the Academy, and resources to help you this semester.

Get in touch with the Library to discuss instruction service options, including an embedded librarian paired with your course in Blackboard, a synchronous learning session with a librarian, help selecting videos or other learning materials, and more. Send in your request early to save your spot. (No need to have all your assignment details in place!) Use the link above for explanation of instruction offerings and the request form.

Save the date for the Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference on September 23, featuring keynote speaker, Flower Darby. Flower is a Senior Instructional Designer and adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University. Learn more using the link above.

Are you interested in doing anti-racist work on Harper’s campus and/or community, but know you need to do some learning and self-reflective processing before getting started? Learn more using the link above. Deadline to apply is August 6.

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. See vacancies for FY 2021-2022 and learn more about participating in Shared Governance and who to contact using the link above.
Student Learning
professional development
2021 Assessment Institute - Complimentary Registration

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

The Assessment Institute, hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and focused on assessment and improvement, is the oldest and largest higher education event in the United States. Last fall, the conference was held virtually, and registration exceeded 10,000 registered attendees. This year’s conference will also be held virtually, and registration is complimentary.

Faculty Experience
Rich Johnson Recognized for Innovation in International Education

The American Association of Community Colleges recently recognized Professor Richard Johnson as a 2021 Awards of Excellence finalist for Faculty Innovation. As director of Harper’s award-winning Office of International Education, Rich has led the college’s Global Region of Focus Initiative. The three-year cycle of faculty development, study abroad experiences, curriculum infusion of on-campus classes, research development, campus programming, and hosting of international scholars centers around a region of the world. Now more than ever, we need globally-educated citizens who understand the interconnectedness of “the world and will act with compassion and empathy toward their fellow humans,” Rich said.

Ten Questions with Dr. Shanté Holley

Dr. Shanté Holley, Professor of English at Harper, has a lot to be proud of. She earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Social Inquiry at National Louis University; pitched the idea of the Academy for Teaching Excellence alongside her partner Stephanie Whalen and within three years it was fully funded and institutionalized; and is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities across the country on the topics of resilience, empathy and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Online Learning
Emergence, Not Exhaustion: Sustainable Teaching in Online Environments

“Depleted.” “Just plain worn out.” As the COVID crisis caused a larger proportion of faculty members to teach remote courses than ever before, accounts of teacher fatigue and feeling overwhelmed are rife. Many professional development opportunities offer advice about the optimum use of technological tools, but most do not focus on ways to make online teaching less exhausting and more sustainable for teachers. This workshop helps new and experienced online instructors understand the features of online practice that contribute to teacher burnout. Participants learn about specific, actionable strategies for reducing their workload without sacrificing student engagement and success.

This virtual workshop offered by NISOD is facilitated by Dr. Nicole Matos, Professor at College of DuPage.

Learn More & Register (Note: Harper is a member of NISOD so you can register with the member rate using your Harper email address.)
Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
July 23, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

August 23 - October 3 (GECs: 3) registration deadline: August 9

August 31 - October 5 (GECs: 3) registration deadline: August 17

September 13 - September 26 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: August 30

September 23, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)
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Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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