Academy News
     November 15, 2017
Help One More Student Stay
Written by Marianne Fontes, Ed.D., Associate Professor, English
Have you ever wondered why the student who is doing well in your class suddenly drops? Or why the student who was getting a "C" doesn't return after one poor test grade? The most troubling is the student who is passing all along and then just doesn't show up for the final. We've all had students in our classes who suddenly drop out, and we seldom get an explanation for their disappearance. We might attribute it to family problems, work issues, test anxiety, or unpreparedness; but the truth is that we may never know why. Conversely, there are a number of students who stay in our classes all semester long and who, unbeknownst to us, were on the verge of dropping out but chose not to. Like the students who leave our classes, we may never know what caused a student who was considering dropping to stay in our classes. Continue reading...

Interested in learning more or being a part of the "Help One More Student Stay" project in the spring? Email Marianne Fontes at
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Exploring the Future of TEaCHing: Innovative TECHniques in Higher Education
In early November, nine adjunct faculty members involved in Communities of Practice and staff from the Academy for Teaching Excellence, traveled to Indianapolis for the 22nd Annual Facet Associate Faculty and Lecturer (FALCON) Conference. The conference, designed specifically for adjunct faculty and organized by Indiana University, focuses on practical classroom applications.

Looking for a tried and true review game? Ready to give students a way to interact the material as it is presented? Want to help your students learn how to transform our world? Continue reading... 
Harper 50th Anniversary Retro Holiday Gathering for All Faculty/Staff
Join us for some holiday cheer as we celebrate Harper's proud past with the musical stylings of Peter Aglinskas, classical and jazz guitarist and adjunct faculty in the music department, playing music through the decades interspersed with festive favorites. Mingle with colleagues while enjoying a hot cocoa and cider bar and holiday treats.
  • Date: Tuesday, December 5
  • Time: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Building A, Room A238 - Dining Room
  • RSVP
We will once again be accepting donations of unwrapped toys, books, or winter clothing items for Salt Creek Elementary Celebration of Giving. View a list of items that are needed and help families experience the joy of giving.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, and the Academy for Teaching Excellence
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Get inspired by the work of your peers-attend the Cornerstone Series Showcase!
Learn hands-on ways to make an impact with collaborative learning, incorporate pieces of "Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom", create a course orientation in Blackboard Collaborate, and more!
  • Thursday, November 30, 6 p.m., D242
  • Friday, December 1, 9:30 a.m., D278

Register to attend.

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Mark Your Calendars for Tech Fest
Learn how your colleagues have integrated technology in their courses. Learn how to access Office 365 to share resources with your colleagues, store your files in the cloud, and enhance your productivity. That's what Harper College's Tech Fest is all about! Join us for a round-up of integrated technology examples, the latest technology on campus, and more.
  • Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Building Y Megalab
If you are interested in sharing your innovative work during Tech Fest, please contact Chris Dobson at
Teaching Online Successfully: Create, Facilitate, & Enhance
Register now for Teaching Online Successfully for Spring 2018! There are three course options to choose from based on your needs-whether you're developing an online or blended course for the first time (Create), teaching an online or blended course for the first time (Facilitate), or if you're looking for tools and techniques to enhance your online course to encourage student engagement (Enhance). View details and register
Student Learning Showcase
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Did you miss Teaching Naked's José Bowen and his insights on student learning?
José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked and co-author of Teaching Naked Techniques, headlined Harper's 9th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair on Friday, September 29. Dr. Bowen shared his insights about student learning in two sessions: the keynote, "Assessment as Strategy: You Are What You Measure" and an extended workshop, "Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Workshop on Designing Better Classes." Additional fabulous information was presented at the conference by Vicki Atkinson, Anita Rehberg, Jennifer Godish, Lisa Blaylock, Julie Ellefson, and Khursheed Ichhaporia!

Did you miss the conference? You're in luck! Watch José Bowen's keynote address, review conference materials, and learn more about related sessions that will take place during Spring 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week. Learn more.
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Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Cornerstone Series Showcase
Thursday, November 30, 6 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 9:30 a.m.

Retro Holiday Gathering for All Faculty/Staff
Tuesday, December 5, 3 p.m.
What's Happening @ Harper?
Save the Date
January 9 - January 13, 2018: Spring 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Friday, March 16, 2018: Spring 2018 Faculty Retreat
Saturday, April 14, 2018: Community Day: 50th Anniversary Event
Friday, April 20, 2018: Faculty Development Festival
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building D, Room D281
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: The College will respond to requests from students, faculty/staff and community members who need accommodations for attendance at open events, providing sign language interpreters, captioning, use of assistive listening systems or other forms of access. Requests should be made online: Request Captioning or Interpreting Services.
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