Academy News - May 1, 2019
New GEC! Carrying the (Cognitive) Load for Students
Carrying the (Cognitive) Load for Students covers the way that Cognitive Load Theory informs the design of curriculum and instructional materials. It reviews research in the limits of individual ability to absorb, process, and internalize new material. It then builds on this understanding in order to explore the opportunities and limitations that cognitive load have for educators.

Dates: June 5 - July 15 (blended)
Instructor: Joshua Sunderbruch, English
GECs: 3

Learn More & Register (registration deadline: May 22)
The Assessment Conference and Share Fair will take place on Friday, September 27 and feature keynote speaker Dr. Tina Bhargava of Kent State University. The Learning Assessment Committee and Academy are looking for presentations that highlight your progress, insights, innovations, and best practices in assessment. Submit a presentation proposal by Friday, June 28.

Have you ever wondered how best to support deaf and hard-of-hearing students in your STEM courses? In this workshop, faculty will study different teaching strategies and scaffolding methods designed to assist and encourage those students. It will also encourage engagement and success for students of all backgrounds.

The end of the semester can often be a busy and stressful time for students and faculty. Take a break by engaging in a variety of events meant to help students and faculty de-stress and prepare for finals.

The high cost of textbooks hurts student access, success, and completion. There is a better way. Learn more.

Congratulations to all of the faculty members who have demonstrated their excellence in teaching, an outstanding commitment to institutional and community service, and continued professional development.

On April 24, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the naming of the Harper College Prairie in honor of Craig Stettner.
Student Learning Showcase
Engaging Students in Diverse Perspectives
This spring, five Harper faculty members participated in the blended GEC, "Engaging Students in Diverse Perspectives." Stephanie Adair, Malathy Chandrasekar, Magdalen McKinley, Karen Patterson, and Dominique Svarc examined methods of engaging students in Diverse Perspectives and Cultures, through content related to diverse perspectives across the disciplines, engaging students in issues related to diversity, addressing diversity challenges in the classroom, modifying content with attention to diverse perspectives and cultures, and equity in assessment.
The course was developed as part of the Learning Assessment Committee's efforts to improve student learning in relation to the Diverse Perspectives and Cultures general education outcome.

Each GEC participant also developed an assessment project relating to the course materials that they will implement in Summer or Fall 2019.

The Faculty Lounge
What is Action Research?
Submitted by Joyce Wisniewshi, ESL & Linguistics and Pardess Mitchell, Kinesiology & Health Education

Sometimes research can feel cumbersome and irrelevant. Perhaps it may even feel a bit boring. However, Action Research puts a bit of a different spin on research as it can be immediately applicable to classroom practices and can require both quantitative as well as qualitative research.

What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
ADS Adopts Social Justice Model
The Social Justice model for people with disabilities is based on the belief that "people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference." (

Access and Disability Services (ADS) is shifting its philosophy to the social justice model, which aligns with the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives across campus. Rather than focus on students with disabilities as being the challenge, ADS is working to address and dismantle environmental barriers so we can meet the needs of our students with disabilities.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
May 4, 9 a.m.

June 3 - June 16 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: May 20

June 5 - July 15 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: May 22

July 1 - July 14 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: June 17
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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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