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Academy News - November 20, 2019
Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work
Education professionals often divide their attention and energy among many competing needs. Join us for a workshop on addressing stressors, creating a framework for self-care, and engaging in deep work based on the work in sustaining the professional self by Boye and Smith at Texas A&M peppered with some light commentary on work-life balance from Shonda Rhimes.

As we end the fall semester and begin our preparations for the spring, consider attending the "Communication Arts Holiday GIFTS Session" and share your favorite idea, exercise, rubric, or teaching technique. Each participant should come prepared to present their "GIFT" in 10 minutes or less. This will also be a great opportunity for us to celebrate the holidays and a great semester.

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 or blended course to encourage student engagement (Enhance).

Dr. Proctor's seventh and final listening session will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, December 2, in Building Z, Room Z131. Please join her to share your ideas, thoughts, and concerns about the work you do at Harper and how we can help our students succeed.

Consider scheduling a customized information literacy session with the Library for your students. Each session is tailored to the research needs of the course and explains how to navigate library resources. Th schedule a class session, fill out the online form using the link above.

Stop by the Health and Recreation Center on Tuesday, December 3 (and bring your students!) for a day focused on building awareness of adaptive sports and promoting physical activity for everyone. The event will run from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. and includes chair yoga (every half hour), interactive booths, meet-and-greets with former NFL players, and a presentation and demonstration by the UW Whitewater wheelchair basketball team.

Have you been thinking about joining a Community of Practice? Now is the time! Multiple groups are still seeking members to participate in their communities.

Employees are now able to participate in one free group exercise class per week without needing a membership to the Health and Recreation Center. View class descriptions, times, and details using the link above. Get moving and join the fun!
Student Learning
Measuring Students' Information Literacy Skills
Do Harper College students have Information Literacy skills?

Information Literacy is one of Harper's five General Education Learning Outcomes. The definition reads: "Apply a variety of credible sources to support a given topic."

Harper will conduct its next large-scale assessment of the Information Literacy outcome in Spring 2020.

What does this mean for me?

Faculty Experience
Bring on the Bard by Kevin Long
Kevin Long, associate professor of theatre and speech, and his co-author Mary Christel have written a book, Bring on the Bard, which offers active drama approaches that position students to engage with Shakespeare's text.

As Shakespeare remains a staple of English language arts curricula, evolving standards challenge teachers to put students-not a text-at the center of a reading experience in order to support diverse readers and learners. Active drama approaches position students to engage with a rich text through low-risk speaking and improvisation activities as part of any ELA classroom.

Cold, Our Warm Friend
Submitted by Daniel Moore, Massage Therapy

Unless you're an athlete, many people don't take advantage of the cold when pursuing greater health.

Regarding exercise or sports, we typically think of ice as being used at the end of the training session as a means of expediting recovery. But recent research is pointing to the idea that ice may hinder your body's natural healing processes if not used correctly.

Online Learning
Identifying Collaboration Strategies that Work in Your Online Course
Online collaboration can be a challenge in any online course. A recent article from NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) provides suggestions to help foster collaboration in your online course.

Harper OSCQR Rubric: Guide for Online Course Design
Here are a couple student collaboration standards to always consider in your online course:
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
November 22, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

December 12, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

January 7 - January 11

January 24 - May 8 (GECs: 2)
registration closed

January 27 - February 9 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: January 13
Faculty Photos
faculty retreat
Faculty Retreat 2019
Assessment Conference & Share Fair 2019
What's Happening @ Harper?
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