Academy News - March 10, 2021
Are Your Assessments Auditing or Educating? Creating Authentic and Educative Assessments

Assessments, including assignments, tests, and informal knowledge checks, allow instructors to measure student learning in their classes. Many traditional assessments focus on auditing students’ knowledge, rather than enabling students to apply and expand their understanding of course material. This workshop introduces the concept of educative assessment and gives participants a chance to transform an assessment into a more authentic and educative learning experience. Participants are encouraged to come to the workshop with a course assignment or test they would like to rework.

Learn More & Register (two sessions to choose from)
Tech Week
Tech Week Recap & Recordings

Thank you to the presenters and attendees who connected and engaged virtually in three days of drop-in events, captivating talks, and workshops. Tech Week resulted in 22 live sessions, 9 on-demand sessions, and more than 215 participants. Winners of the Tech Week prize drawing will be contacted via email.

All session recordings are available on-demand at the Tech Week and Expo site. Take some time to watch the keynote by Carl Hooker, learn about available resources from a Harper librarian, or choose to explore some of the Tech Expo presentations by your colleagues.

Help us to improve future Tech Week offerings! Please take a few minutes to complete this Tech Week 2021 Feedback survey to give your input.
It's Not Too Late to Schedule Library Instruction!

Do you have students who would benefit from help with research or citing this semester? It's not too late to get help from the Library! Request a librarian to be paired with your course for personalized instruction, or explore dozens of videos that can help your students learn specific information literacy and research skills. No time for those options? Consider requiring students to make an online research appointment for one-on-one library instruction. For more information about offerings, including links to existing videos, visit the Library and Information Literacy Instruction page.
Missed a Workshop? Watch a Recording!

Were you unable to attend a workshop due to scheduling or other conflicts? The majority of Academy workshops are recorded and are available on the Professional Development page on the Academy website. Scroll down to "On-Demand Programs" for a list of workshops from this semester that have recordings available. Click on the title of the workshop which will take you to the blog post with the recording link; many times the presentation slides and resources or handouts are also provided. If you'd like to earn CEUs for watching the recording, fill out the corresponding action plan listed on the post and submit it by the designated date.

Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

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:

Check out this fun video we made to remind you of the three ways to give us a shout!
Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where the campus is encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and build a bridge between the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally. A variety of virtual events will occur throughout the day. Learn more and check out the programs using the link above.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of International Education welcome applications from all faculty (both full and part-time) and staff for the 2021-2022 Social Justice Leadership Certificate cohort! Learn more using the link above and apply by March 12.

The inaugural Professional Development Day is March 18. There will be no scheduled classes, and the college will be closed to students. This day will offer a variety of educational and informative sessions to support your personal growth and help us better fulfill the college's mission. Watch HIP for details.

The President's Leadership Academy (formerly HLI) provides a yearlong opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in a program designed to enhance professional effectiveness and provide a pathway to future leadership opportunities. Learn more using the link above and complete this Interest Form by March 19.

All Harper faculty (full-time & adjunct) are invited to attend this year's virtual Faculty Retreat on April 9. Please join us for a relaxed program with activities that include a motivational opening about how to engage students amidst chaos, story time with a popular podcaster in higher education, rest time for restoration and contemplation in the style of your choice, and play time in which you can join in one of several activities designed to leave you with ideas for your own virtual classroom.

Harper recognizes that some students identify themselves by a name other than their legal name. Students now have the option to see their chosen name in many areas of their Harper life, including on class rosters, in Blackboard and more. Learn more using the link above.

As of March 1, students and employees are now able to use their network login and password to access the library's remote resources. If you access the library site from the MyHarper portal, you won't have to log in again for the electronic resources.
Student Learning
Available Resources to Inform Teaching and Learning

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

Are you looking for more resources as you continue to teach remotely? The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has compiled a list of resources that you can peruse.

Topics include: Equity and Inclusivity; Resources for Students; Pedagogy and Course Design Online; and more. You can also share what’s worked for you as the list will continually be updated.
Faculty Experience
Lessons Learned from the Online Teaching Transition

Submitted by Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair, English & Interdisciplinary Studies

After many months of working together through the online transition, we have learned a few things that will undoubtedly make us better teachers in all modalities. When asked what stands out the most, the additional ways faculty have found to communicate and connect with students stand out from the endless ways that faculty have adapted and improved online instruction.

  1. Greater emphasis on ways to connect with and offer support to students is critical.
  2. Students need multiple, clear explanations of learning activities and assignments.
  3. Our expanded use of instructional technology will benefit our teaching in all modalities.

Online Learning
Teaching Online Successfully: Create (Register by March 22!)

This two-week course prepares and supports faculty who are developing an online or blended course in Blackboard for the first time, and any faculty who have an interest in exploring best practices in online and blended course creation.

  • Format: Online
  • Dates: April 5 - April 19

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
March 11, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.05)

April 5 - April 19 (GECs: 1) registration deadline: March 22

April 6, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)
April 16, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

April 9, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
What's Happening @ Harper?
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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