Academy News
     June 13, 2018
Reminder: Update Your Syllabus for New Library and Success Services Locations
As of April 2, 2018 the Library, Writing Center, Tutoring Center, and Success Services are now located in Building F. Please update your syllabi for future semesters 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.
Accessible Learning GEC
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities (GEC)
In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn basic information about the 10 most common visible and invisible disabilities, in order to evaluate a course or program and develop methods that make the learning environment inclusive and welcoming to all students, including students with disabilities. The course will utilize real case studies of current and past Harper students, in order to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment.
  • Format: Blended
  • GECs: 3
  • Dates: September 17 - November 9
  • Instructor: Pascuala Herrera, ADS and Student Development
Register Now (Registration Deadline: September 3)
academy workshop
Fall 2018 Workshops & Training
The Academy will be offering some valuable and innovative workshops and drop-in training sessions for the Fall 2018 semester!
  • Harry Potter: Harper Mystery. A quest to discover the secrets of critical thinking in the halls of Hogwarts Harper.
  • Blackboard ePortfolio Workshops
  • Accessible Course Materials Workshops
  • New OSCQR Peer Reviewers Training
  • Blackboard Drop-In Sessions
Watch the July 18 issue of the Academy News for more details and to register.
New Service: Video Captioning
Providing captions and transcription of course-related videos is one way to help create an equitable learning environment for all students. While captions and transcripts provide obvious benefits to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, a study conducted by the Oregon State University E-campus Research Unit found that 54% of students (independent of hearing ability) used closed captions at least some of the time when they were provided for course-related video. Of these students, roughly 90% of students who used closed captions found them to be at least moderately helpful.

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.
RSVP for the Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
The Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference is a great way for all adjunct faculty to connect with Harper College, colleagues, and the Academy. This year's conference will include presentations and activities related to the student experience and student success at Harper as well as networking opportunities, food, giveaways, resources, and more. We hope you'll join us for an engaging, supportive, and fun way to start the Fall 2018 semester!
  • Date: Wednesday, August 15
  • Time: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center
The Faculty Lounge
It Takes Two: The Advisor/Counselor and You
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies
With emails pouring in by the dozens each day, and sometimes hour, faculty have to respond to the most urgent emails first, and others may never make it to the top of the list. One email that may be left behind is the reminder to complete Starfish progress surveys. A look at the most recent report will encourage those who have been active with the program to continue to do so and will hopefully convince those of us who may not report to Starfish as often as we'd like to make it a priority.

Each year, Student Development asks Institutional Research to look at persistence rates from Fall to Spring to determine if students who are flagged in Starfish and have that flag addressed reenroll from one semester to the next.

Student Learning Showcase 
Fall Assessment Conference Proposals Due Friday, June 29!
Harper's Learning Assessment Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 10th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair , which will take place Friday, September 21, 2018.

We are looking for engaging and informative presentations that highlight your progress, insights, innovations and best practices in assessment. Use your session to inspire your colleagues and to share your passion for teaching, learning, and helping our students grow.

Submit a Presentation Proposal by Friday, June 29, 2018.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Monday, August 13, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15, 4 p.m.

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What's Happening @ Harper?
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Save the Date
August 13 - August 18: Fall 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Friday, September 21: Assessment Conference and 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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