Academy News - March 30, 2022
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Faculty Retreat 2022 - Last Chance to Register!

All Harper faculty (full-time & adjunct) are invited to attend this year's Faculty Retreat: Fostering Ensemble Mindset with The Second City.

Effective speaking and listening skills are vital to creating inclusive and supportive campus spaces with our students and our colleagues. Join Second City Works facilitators for two interactive keynotes that will allow you to consider the principles of ensemble mindset to have better conversations, emphasize the value of all voices, build community, and learn practical skills to enhance creativity, agility, and resilience in hybrid learning spaces.

You can choose to attend this year’s faculty retreat either in person at the Chicago Improv (Schaumburg), or virtually through Webex.

Learn More & Register (deadline to register for in-person attendance is today, March 30)
Help Students Access $4M in Donor Sponsored Scholarships

Please help students access $4 million in Donor Sponsored Scholarships for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 from the Harper College Educational Foundation. Preference is given to students who apply before April 4.

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Coming in August 2022: A New Way to Navigate Blackboard

This August, Blackboard will be updated to incorporate the new Ultra Base Navigation. This new navigation has a sleek, modern look and feel and will save you time with simpler workflows and easier access to important information. This change is an update to the “My Blackboard” landing page. Your courses will not change. They will look and operate exactly as they do now. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and check out this Ultra Base Navigation overview sheet to learn more. 
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Summer Resources: Blackboard Course Template, Syllabus Template & Updates, and More

The Academy team has developed some resources to help you as you prepare for the Summer 2022 semester, including a Blackboard Course Template and Syllabus Template and Updates.
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Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

The Academy team is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty at Harper. We continue to be available remotely as well as on campus for 1:1 drop-in support in Building F, Room F317.

Not sure what to ask or where to start? We’re here for you! Just fill out the Academy Request Form, and an Academy team member will follow-up with you.
Harper will be celebrating our late colleague Elke Weinbrenner on April 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Building D (beginning outside Starbucks and moving to the Cultural Center, D281). Save the date and add the event to your calendar using the link above. Please forward all of your favorite pictures with or of Elke to Tara Gray ( by April 4.

Register now for a Teaching Online Successfully course for summer. There are three course options to choose from based on your needs: Create, Facilitate, or Enhance. Each course is two weeks, fully online, 1 GEC, and there is no cost. Please note: Completion of either the Create course or Facilitate course fulfills the professional development requirement for new online/blended instructors at Harper. Learn more and register using the link above.

Ally Advocates are recognized for their ability to leverage the Blackboard Ally tool to improve the accessibility, quality, and usability of course content for all students. Ally Advocates will be awarded a badge and 1.0 CEUs for completing a chosen pathway in the Ally Checklist. This badge can then be shared through various platforms to show verification of completing training and criteria for course accessibility.

Virtual Internships are available for all Harper students! These learning experiences will expose students to projects from real-world companies, highlight essential workplace demands, and provide new opportunities for learning. Students can also build their resumes, boost credentials, and kickstart career growth. Students can access virtual internships on the JPRC Internship webpage. If you would like to incorporate virtual internships into your coursework, please contact Julie Sabella, Experiential Learning Program Manager, at for more information.

Have you ever asked your students how many of them have visited the Harper Library space, checked out a book, used a Library database, asked a librarian for research help, etc.? There are lots of brief, low-stakes ways to help your students get acquainted with the Library. Learn more using the link above.
Student Learning
14th Annual Assessment Conference

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee

The 14th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair will be held on Friday, September 30. The Call for Presentations is open. 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 succeed.

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Interculturally Competent Classroom Practices

Shared by the Teaching and Learning Strategic Goal Team

Interculturally competent pedagogies refer to a variety of methods and practices of teaching that promote among learners the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to communicate and work across cultural, social, and personal differences.

The goal of the Teaching and Learning Strategic Goal team is to engage at least 75% of faculty in a professional development opportunity on interculturally competent pedagogies.
  • To review on and off-campus opportunities, check out our webpage.
  • Have you recently participated in professional development outside of Harper that relates to intercultural competency? If so, use this form to record your participation.
  • Do you have ideas for our team? If so, share them here.
Online Learning
"Solving the Student-Motivation Problem One Piece at a Time"

At this time of the year it can feel a bit like we are slogging our way through the last weeks of spring term. We may start to think about the topic of student motivation again.

This article, "Solving the Student-Motivation Problem One Piece at a Time", from Teaching, by Beckie Supiano of The Chronicle of Higher Education, provides a few practical suggestions for engaging students, as well as an opportunity to share what you are currently experiencing in regards to motivation in your courses.

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
April 8, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

April 18 - May 1 (GECs: 1) register by: April 4

June 13 - June 26 (GECs: 1) register by: May 30
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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