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Academy News - November 11, 2020
Spring 2021 Resources

Spring 2021 course shells will be available in Blackboard mid-November. Here are important resources to help you as you prepare for the semester:

  • Spring 2021 Blackboard Course Template
  • Spring 2021 Online/Blended Syllabus Template
  • Essential Online Course Features Checklist
  • Quick Guide for Copying One Blackboard Course to Another
  • Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Guide
  • Assessment & Proctoring Options in the Online Environment

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Understanding Latin@ Campus Experiences: Student Panel

Join us for the next session of the Bandwidth Recovery Series:

  • Date: Thursday, November 19
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitator: Adam Lopez, History

Session Recordings: If you weren't able to attend one of the previous sessions, you can watch the recording. The recording for each session is posted in the corresponding toggle on the series blog post. To receive CEUs, please submit the action plan listed after the recording link by December 11.
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Great Gobs of Gratitude

Student Development would like to thank you all for the terrific response to the Week #10 Starfish Survey and for all of the excellent partnering work with the advising team. Here are a couple of excellent "did you know" nuggets:

  • Participation in the Week #10 survey was up 12%. Thank you! (591 survey submissions compared to 526 last year)
  • There was a 17% increase in the number of flags raised. Thank you!
  • Kudos – oh yeah – they are up 18% with 985 total kudos given to students. Thank you!

Remember – you don’t need to wait for a survey to utilize Starfish! In fact, 28% of all faculty Starfish activity so far this semester has been outside of the survey periods. You may raise a flag, offer a referral or a kudo for any student at any time of the semester. The Advising Team is here to help. Reach out anytime or contact leadadvisors@harpercollege.edu.
What Are the Secrets to Providing Highly Effective Feedback to Students?
(today at 12 p.m.!)

Join us for the next Lunch & Learn series workshop today at 12 p.m. to 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. Our faculty facilitator for this session is Karen Patterson, Associate Professor, Art. Come join Karen and the Academy for a great discussion.

Next Session: December 3, 12 p.m. - How Can Preparing to Teach Online Improve My Face-To-Face Teaching?
Online Instruction Support & Resources

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty. Please review the resources below and let us know how we can continue to support you.

Please continue to submit support requests using the Online Instruction Support form. An Academy team member will follow up with you within one business day.
An updated, easier-to-use, more powerful Content Editor has just been released to our Blackboard Server. There are lots of great reasons to like the updated Content Editor. Adding content has been simplified, and it works better on both hand-held devices and larger screens. There are several improvements for accessibility and some new features, too. Learn more about the new updates.

Advising Services would like to continue to grow their partnership and interactions with faculty. Please take a moment to fill out this Formstack link to share feedback with them.

Learn more about the virtual services available for currently enrolled students and alumni from the Job Placement Resource Center (JPRC).

Please Share with Your Students

Gratitude Yoga provides an inviting environment to genuinely connect and graciously remind ourselves of what we are grateful for and utilizes synchronized poses and breath work to enhance circulation, flexibility, balance and inner calm. Show your gratitude by making a monetary donation to the Hawks Care Resource Center. Your donation will help students access food, counseling, financial and other resources during this time. Learn more using the link above.

  • What Are the Secrets to Providing Highly Effective Feedback to Students?
  • Sustaining the Professional Self for Meaningful Engagement
  • Understanding Latin@ Campus Experiences: Student Panel
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • How Can Preparing to Teach Online Improve My Face-To-Face Teaching?
  • Staying Centered in Trying Times
  • Let’s Pause Right Here: Addressing Microaggressions in the Moment
Student Learning
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Join us at 3 p.m. today!

Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

The Learning Assessment Committee and the General Education-Information Literacy Work Group are gathering feedback to inform development of an Information Literacy Improvement Plan. The plan will be completed in Spring 2021, implemented in FY2022, and a follow-up assessment of this outcome will be conducted in FY2023.

Join us at 3 p.m. today via Webex and share your ideas on how to improve students’ Information Literacy skills! Link to join the session.

Learn more about the assessment and other ways to join the conversation.
Faculty Experience
Join the Conversation

Teaching remotely can be a very isolating experience, but we have many communities that you can join virtually to share in your joys and struggles as an educator. If you are looking to connect with other faculty, please consider joining:

Yammer, an online platform set up like social media where faculty can join communities related to topics such as Online Instruction; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Wellness. Yammer is a Microsoft Office app, so you will find it along with the other programs you use in Office 365. Subscribe to forums in order to receive posts in your Harper email, download the Yammer app to your phone, or occasionally log into Yammer to read over posts. Watch this video for a quick overview on how to use Yammer (this video focuses on the Online Instruction Forum, but will help you get acquainted with Yammer).

Communities of Practice, a program that supports a group of faculty that come together around a shared interest. Groups typically meet every 3-4 weeks and complete an annual plan in which they investigate a topic related to teaching and learning and implement related strategies in their practice, ultimately sharing out what they learned with the larger community. If you are looking to find a Community of Practice, check out our Join or Start a Community of Practice webpage to see a list of groups that are seeking new members or how to start a new CoP. 
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Staying Centered in Trying Times

For many of us, it is increasingly difficult to maintain focus and to find the ability to ground ourselves in the middle of stressful times. What energy we do find is likely spent on our students or our families. After a lifetime of studying meditative martial arts, one teacher would like to offer a few ways that mindset and staying centered can help.

  • Date: Thursday, December 10
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitator: Joshua Sunderbruch, English

Online Learning
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Faculty Confidence in Online Learning Grows

While college support and faculty confidence has increased in online learning, an article from Inside Higher Ed reflects on a new survey that highlights concerns about equity for underrepresented students.

Excerpt from the article: "'As soon as we made the decision to go fully online last March, there was a clear difference in success rates for the rest of the term because of access to technology, equipment, and internet,' the report quotes one community college faculty member as saying. 'It was frustrating and heartbreaking to see which students struggled to manage the class. This is the biggest hurdle we face. Making online classes is hard, but not as hard as making sure everyone has equal access.'"

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
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