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Academy News - March 4, 2020
Tech Week Recap

Tech Week 2020 resulted in 11 events, more than 150 participants, 140 pounds of recycled batteries, and 460 pounds of recycled electronics!

  • Watch the webinar recordings
  • Access handouts and slides from the week
  • Complete a feedback survey
  • See photos from the week
  • Find out who won the Tech Expo and Tech Week Scavenger Hunt raffles
  • and more!

This hands-on application course is designed for participants to create materials and design experiences to foster transparent and inclusive environments and experiences for all students. Practitioners will participate in guided work sessions in which they develop materials and tools that promote inclusive spaces, welcoming interactions, responsiveness to students' needs, development of awareness and self-efficacy, and relevance to students' lives. (GECs: 3)

In this month's Lunch & Learn, you'll learn ways to give substantive feedback and recycle comments to save time and effort. You'll see the type of questions that help or hinder student achievement and acquire tips to ignite students' curiosity, respect their thinking, and stoke their engagement. The presenter is Dr. John Orlando, Associate Director of Faculty Support, Northcentral University and Editor, Online Classroom. Our Harper faculty facilitator is Karen Patterson, Art. Come join Karen and the Academy for a great discussion and lunch. (CEUs: 0.1)

A Harper ID card is important for every student to have. Students need an ID card in order to check out materials from the Library, utilize the Academic Support Center, print on campus, participate in campus events and activities, access the Health & Recreation Center, utilize Box Office discounts, and more. The ID Card Office is exploring methods to increase the number of students who receive their Harper ID card such as extending office hours during the first week of classes and at other times during the semester when late start classes begin. Use the link above to view the extended and regular ID Card Office hours. Please share this important information with your students.

Harper and its Global Region of Focus Initiative has been recognized as a winner of the Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education. "Winning the award represents a powerful affirmation that our approach to global education is not only noteworthy, but that it is innovative and impactful," said Professor Richard Johnson, who serves as director of International Education at Harper.

Do you assign argumentative essays to your students? Must students write position papers or deliver argumentative speeches in your classes? Are discussion or debate central features of your classes? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this workshop is tailor-made for you! (CEUs: 0.3 morning; 0.2 afternoon; 0.5 both)

Join us for a session focused on how what we eat can have a positive impact on sustaining our health and our environment. Enjoy a whole food, plant-based meal, explore the research, and engage in a discussion about the benefits of a plant-based diet. You will have the opportunity to share a plant-based recipe or other environmentally friendly tips of your own and will leave with some meal plans and other strategies for a more sustainable lifestyle. Ideas contributed in the workshop will become part of an online resources shared by the Sustainability in the Classroom Community of Practice. (CEUs: 0.4)

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool designed specifically for education. With its comprehensive tools and capabilities, you can engage in a virtual classroom as if it were face-to-face. Faculty and students meet in an online space using features such as video and/or audio chat, whiteboard, slideshow, and screen sharing. It is accessible from a desktop, laptop, and iOS/Android phones and tablets. In this workshop you will get an opportunity to explore the tool and see how you can use it in your classroom. (CEUs: 0.2)

The TILT-A-Course Luau is an intensive three-day workshop based on the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (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 has earned Achieving the Dream's Leader College of Distinction status for achieving new, higher student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps.

Harper is changing from storing your files on a network personal (H:) drive to cloud storage (OneDrive). Information Technology is here to help you make the transition. IT has put together some information about the change, the ways they can help, and the timing. Review the plan and available resources using the link above. By Spring Break, your personal network (H:) drive will become "read only" as we make the switch to storing our files on OneDrive. This approach will help Harper operate more cost-efficiently and allow you access to your files from anywhere.
Student Learning
Argument Mapping: Optimizing Students' Cognitive Bandwidth

Submitted by Brett Fulkerson-Smith

In recent years, the scientific community has become increasingly focused on cognitive bandwidth, or what might be described colloquially as "mental space". Thankfully, the issue has more recently been taken up by educators. And at Harper, fruitful conversations between faculty and administrators abound about recovering our students' bandwidth lost to adversity, trauma, and microaggressions.

Bandwidth recovery is certainly an important step in ensuring our students' academic success. But, so too is bandwidth optimization. Did you know that argument mapping is an easy way to optimize your students' cognitive bandwidth?

Faculty Experience
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Reflections on Student Success

Submitted by Steven Titus, English

Quite often in education a teacher might question whether their material is accessible and will impact the lives of their students beyond the hours spent with them in the classroom. After teaching for ten years in the English and Humanities departments I still find myself tweaking lessons, readings, and assignments to make them resonate in my students' collective academic experiences.

A few years back I had the pleasure of participating in one of the Academy's first communities of practice - Reflective Teaching Practices: Discovering and articulating your teaching practice. This CoP helped open doors for adjuncts like myself to engage with readings and practices that they felt would best lead to student success and a more motivated classroom. I began to wonder if I could embrace what might be lacking for students when they walk into some classrooms - access to stories they can see themselves in.

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 4 - April 29 (GECs: 3)
registration closed

March 5, 12:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

March 13-14 (CEUs: 0.4 Friday; 0.8 Friday & Saturday)
registration closed

March 18, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

March 30 - April 12 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: March 16

March 30 - May 4 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: March 16

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

April 17, 9 a.m. (CEUs: 0.3 morning; 0.2 afternoon; 0.5 both)

April 20, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)
Faculty Photos
Tech Expo
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Have a faculty photo that you'd like to share? Email it to academy@harpercollege.edu .
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