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Academy News - March 18, 2020
Planning for a Rapid Transition to Online Instruction

The Academy for Teaching Excellence has an instructional design team that is here for all full-time and adjunct faculty who are making the transition to off-campus and online instruction.

Online Resources for Faculty & Students
The Planning for a Rapid Transition to Online Instruction webpage will be updated with additional resources as they become available. Please bookmark this page. The page also includes a "Student Resources & Support" section with links, tutorials, and resources (Blackboard, online testing, tech support, library services, and more). Please share this important information with your students to help them succeed as they learn remotely.

Essential Online Skills Sessions
Get up to speed fast! Attend a virtual Essential Online Skills session. Sessions will be hosted through Friday, March 20. View dates and times. Can't attend? Watch a recording of a virtual session.

Support for Blackboard and Online Instruction
To best manage the large number of requests while our team works remotely, we ask that all requests for Blackboard assistance and instructional support be submitted using the Online Instruction Support form, rather than via phone or email.

Off-Campus Flexible Learning Folder Template in Blackboard
The Academy has created a basic Blackboard folder template to help faculty get through the rest of the semester. We can quickly copy this template into any of your Blackboard course shells as a framework for building out content for the remainder of the semester. Using this framework is not required; however, it will save you a lot of time! Learn more.
Take a moment to enjoy a quick break and watch this video: "I Will Survive, Coronavirus version for teachers going online". Thank you for all you are doing to support students!
Thank you to those of you who attended the Faculty Retreat last Friday and Saturday! View photos from the retreat. Watch for a follow-up post with resources and a recap of the retreat in the next Academy News on April 8. Interested in learning more about and applying the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework that was discussed at the retreat in your course(s)? Learn more at the summer TILT-A-Course Luau!

Concerned about injustices and inequities? Please consider registering for our newest Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC), Equity Pedagogies and Practices. In this promo video, Dr. Joseph Flynn talks about the course theme and text. The course was scheduled to be blended, but all on-campus sessions will be converted to online, synchronous instructions during the time Harper is in off-campus, flexible learning mode. (GECs: 3; registration deadline: March 23)

The TILT-A-Course Luau is an intensive three-day workshop based on the TILT framework and Harper's overall commitment to course quality. The Luau is an opportunity for faculty to focus on redesigning a specific course either as an individual or as a departmental team. Each day will include sessions based on TILT principles as well as customized topics designed to meet the needs of the participants; each micro-TILT presentation will be followed by ample work time with Academy staff support as individuals and groups apply the principles in ways that are most meaningful in their courses. (CEUs: 3.0)

Harper College is currently taking proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Do not come to campus. We are providing services remotely and will respond to your requests - please be patient. Visit harpercollege.edu/advisory for updated information about the Harper College COVID-19 response and services plan.
Student Learning
Annual Assessment Conference - Save the Date

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

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.

  • Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center
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In honor of Women's History Month, Tia is being honored in the March 19, 2020 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of thirty-five outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education's toughest challenges, exhibited extraordinary leadership skills, and made a positive difference in their communities.

Faculty Experience
Engaging Educators at the Lilly Conference in Austin

Submitted by the Active and Engaging Learning Strategies Community of Practice

Our Community of Practice was eager to learn that our proposal was accepted. We would be attending the Lilly Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Conference in Austin, Texas from January 8-11, 2020 as presenters for the first time! This meant our group would finally be able to share this new technique we'd been raving about: IF-AT (Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique) scratch cards.

Though we were excited to attend, the process of preparing for the conference proved to be just as beneficial to our growth as instructors.

Online Learning
Add a Live Online Class to Your Course

A recent article from Faculty Focus discusses how the addition of live online class sessions to either your face-to-face and/or online courses can benefit your students.

Harper OSCQR Rubric: Guide for Online Course Design
Here are a few standards, from the Harper adopted course design rubric, that relate directly to the article provided above. When you visit the links below you will find explanations of, ideas for, and resources on these specific standards.
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
March 18, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1) to be rescheduled

March 30 - April 12 (GECs: 1)
registration closed

Equity Pedagogies and Practices (online with synchronous sessions)
March 30 - May 4 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: March 23

April 16, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2) cancelled

April 17, 9 a.m. (CEUs: 0.3 morning; 0.2 afternoon; 0.5 both) to be rescheduled
Faculty Photos
New Faculty Course
Faculty Senate Elections
Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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