Academy News - November 10, 2021
Spring 2022 Resources: Blackboard Course Template, Syllabus Template & Updates, and More

The Academy team has developed some resources to help you as you prepare for the Spring 2022 semester, including a Blackboard Course Template and Syllabus Template and Updates.

Need additional assistance or have questions? Not sure what to ask? We’re here for you! Just fill out the Academy Request Form, or drop by (Building F, Room F317) anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and an Academy staff member will follow-up with you.
Celebrate New Cultural Center with Opening Week Events

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is celebrating the opening of Harper College’s new Cultural Center with in-person events the week of November 15. View flyer of events.

Cultural Center Opening Week programs will take place in the Cultural Center, Room D281 (above Starbucks). Faculty and staff are invited to the following programs:
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Diverse Author Series: Dr. Micere Keels
  • Doors Open!

Equity Series
Evidence-Based Equity Strategies Across the Curriculum

In this workshop, part of the Enacting Equity Series this semester, Academy staff and evaluation experts will share some ways evaluation of teaching can address equity gaps at Harper and beyond. Participants will consider ways they can address equity gaps in their own course contexts.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 8
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Rob Hill, Inclusive Instructional Design Specialist and Rebecca Scott, Philosophy

Missed a workshop this semester?

Most of the workshops this semester have been recorded and are available to watch on your own time. Visit On-Demand Programs and click on the program title to view more details, the recording link, and the action plan link to complete in order to earn CEUs.

Did you forget to submit an action plan for CEUs?

If you have attended or watched a recording of a program this semester and would like to have a record of your attendance on your transcript and earn professional development credit (CEUs), you must complete the corresponding action plan for that program by December 3. To find the action plan link, visit the blog post for that specific program. The list of programs for this semester is available on the Academy website under the On-Demand Programs section.
Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty.
We continue to be available remotely as well as on campus for drop-in support in Building F, Room F317. View Schedule and Details.

Additional resources and links to assist you:
Join us on November 19 for the final Hybrid-Flexible Teaching Roundtable discussion. The purpose of this roundtable series is for faculty to share their experiences, address challenges, and discuss any aspects of interest related to HyFlex. Whether you are newer to HyFlex or have been using hybrid and/or flexible models for quite some time, we welcome you to come discuss lessons learned, current practices, and future possibilities and limitations with us. Learn more and register using the link above.

The Standards of Academic Performance (SOAP) at Harper were first established in 1989 to provide comprehensive counseling and advising that supports academically vulnerable students. Since then, Harper has implemented a new case-managed advising model that assigns all credential-seeking students to an academic advisor for educational planning, career exploration, success strategies, and transfer assistance. A new SOAP policy was vetted and approved for implementation through Harper’s Shared Governance process in 2019; this new policy will begin in the Spring 2022 semester. Learn more using the link above.

Register now for a Teaching Online Successfully course for Spring 2022. There are three course options to choose from based on your needs: Create, Facilitate, or Enhance. 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.

The process of choosing the appropriate technology for your learning objectives or goals may not always be immediately obvious, but the Academy is here to help you find creative and constructive ways to integrate technology into your instruction. The learning technologies listed on the Academy's Integrating Technology webpage are available across the institution and meet Harper College’s criteria for cost, security, and accessibility. Choosing a tool supported by the College offers advantages, such as access to the full features of the tool and support for you and your students. Learn more using the link above.
Student Learning
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How well can Harper students consider diverse perspectives and cultures?

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee

Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to “Examine diverse perspectives and cultures as they relate to the individual, the community, and the global society” at the time they graduate from Harper.

This spring, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Diverse Perspectives and Cultures Work Group will lead an assessment of the Diverse Perspectives and Cultures outcome. Those of you who teach a course that maps to this outcome may be asked to participate in the assessment. Courses are selected at random and faculty members will be notified by their Dean beginning late Fall 2021. Be on the lookout for more information about this assessment in early Spring 2022.

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Share your ideas at noon on November 19!

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee
The Learning Assessment Committee and the General Education-Quantitative Reasoning Work Group are gathering feedback to inform development of a Quantitative Reasoning Improvement Plan. The plan will be completed in Spring 2022, implemented in FY2023, and a follow-up assessment of this outcome will be conducted in FY2024.

Join us at noon on November 19 via Webex and share your ideas on how to improve students’ Quantitative Reasoning skills! Link to join the session.

Faculty Experience
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Faculty Journeys with Improving Content Accessibility
If you aren’t familiar with Ally yet, it’s a tool that integrates with Blackboard allowing instructors to address accessibility issues (learn more). Ally also gives students the ability to download course content in a format that meets their needs.
Three Ally Advocates at Harper shared their experience and advice using Ally while answering the following questions:
  • Explain the approach you took to improve the accessibility of your content. Include how using Ally helped guide your remediation.
  • What advice would you give faculty who want to make their course content more accessible and are just getting started with Ally?
  • How has Ally changed your views and approach to providing accessible content for students? How will you approach accessibility in future courses?
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Apply Now for the Glenn A. Reich Memorial Faculty Award for Instructional Technology

Shared by the Faculty Development Committee

The Faculty Development committee would like to invite you to nominate yourself or a colleague for this year’s Glenn Reich Award. To be considered for the $1,000 award, applicants must complete the application and must submit a detailed essay answering the following questions:
  • How have you or the person you are nominating used technology in instruction?
  • How has that technology enhanced the teaching and learning process?
  • How do you envision its future use?

Applications will be evaluated based upon innovation, creativity, teaching/learning evolution, shared knowledge, and future teaching/learning application.

Learn More & Apply (application deadline is this Friday, November 12)
Online Learning
Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits

"Having taught at least one very large class each semester for years, Sandberg found that teaching online this fall helped her achieve new ways of interacting with students in different stages of their learning. She shares with us her thoughts about refinements of her teaching goals as an outcome of her adventure with online teaching."

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
November 19, 3:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

December 8, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

January 31-February 13 (GECs: 1) register by: January 17
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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