Academy News - March 20, 2019
Faculty Retreat Recap
This year's retreat offered faculty an opportunity to examine the common elements and nuances of relevant and responsive teaching across disciplines.

The retreat included faculty presentations from each Area of Interest, team trivia, talent night, and a program facilitated by Joan Middendorf, Lead Instructional Consultant and faculty member at Indiana University, who co-developed the Decoding the Disciplines pedagogical framework.

What's next? Learn more about how the Academy will further support faculty development efforts related to Decoding the Disciplines through the development of discipline-area workshops.

(Watch for photos from the retreat in the next issue of the Academy News!)
In honor of Dr. Ender, we are compiling a book of messages and photos to commemorate his time at Harper College. You are invited to add to this congratulatory gift by leaving a note of best wishes on Dr. Ender's Legacy website message wall. Messages left on or before April 1 will be included in the commemorative gift.

Want to add some creativity into an assignment? Learn how to utilize Adobe Spark to create engaging student assessments, including creative writing, digital storytelling, and visual communication.

There are many ways to organize content in your online course. Learn how to use different techniques to organize your content in a way that is intuitive for your students to navigate and can make your life easier as an instructor. Exemplar courses will be shared from Harper faculty for inspiration.

Join the Office of International Education and the International Studies and Programs Committee for the 9th annual International Education Summit: "Supporting Multilingual Students."

The Academy is now accepting proposals for Fall 2019 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week that will take place August 12 to August 17. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, April 19.
Student Learning Showcase
If You're Not Falling, You're Not Learning! (or how Physical Sciences students learn to "ski")
Submitted by Maggie Geppert, Physics

Over the last three years, the Physical Science Department has assessed at least one outcome in each course every semester. Faculty began by working together to define the successful outcomes and continue to collaborate to develop and implement each year's assessment plan. Findings are analyzed, and then results are shared and used to shape future teaching methods. Check out this example of how the department is helping students learn!

The Faculty Lounge
Reflections on Student Success
Submitted by Julie Jordan, Math

I started working at Harper 20 years ago in the mathematics department after having taught high school for nine years. I used to just come to the college at night, teach my classes, and have no real interactions with people at Harper other than my students. I transitioned to teaching during the day when my kids entered grade school. I started to meet other people on campus and had the opportunities to go to workshops, symposiums, and conferences. I also started to work in the math lab (now DMC) and really got to know some great instructors and work with some developmental students. I have learned so much through those experiences.

If you have a student success story that you would like to share with the Reflection on Student Success Community of Practice, please contact Steven Titus, English:
What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
The Library Make Shop
Submitted by Kristin Allen, Library Services

What can you do in the Library Make Shop? The short answer is...anything! We are here to help you encourage students to practice skills in critical thinking, design, and problem-solving. Engage in active, hands-on learning experiences, and involve your students in the invention, construction, and creation of new ways to display their projects. The Make Shop includes: vinyl cutters, a large format printer, button makers, sewing machines, and more.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
April 3, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
April 5, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

April 5 & April 12, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.8; must complete both sessions)

April 9, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
April 12, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

April 11, 1 p.m.
May 2, 1 p.m.
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