Academy News - October 13, 2021
HyFlex Roundtable
HyFlex Pedagogy: Engaging Students, Assessing Student Learning (tomorrow!)

Join us tomorrow for the second 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.

As a HyFlex opportunity, participants can attend on campus or remotely. Please register to either attend in-person or virtually; in-person seats in the Academy classroom are limited to 8 faculty participants.

Equity Series
Enacting Equity Series: Setting Guidelines for Inclusive Discourse

How do students know how to interact in civil, constructive ways? Whether you set guidelines yourself or collaborate with students to build them, they serve students' understanding of how to engage with each other in your course and the real world. In this workshop, part of the Enacting Equity Series this semester, we’ll practice strategies for preparing students for productive dialogue in courses of all modalities.

student library
Appointments as Instruction

Shared by Jennifer Lau-Bond, Coordinator of Library Instruction

Would your students benefit from research help, but you don’t have enough class time to devote to a visit from a librarian? Consider assigning research appointments as library instruction! The library offers 25-minute online appointments for any student to meet with a librarian. Appointments are like personal library instruction, allowing students to request targeted, individualized help for themselves.

Google Workspace
Getting Started with Google Workspace for Education

Google Workspace for Education is a suite of tools that enables collaborative learning opportunities for students and faculty. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Workspace and will be geared for those who don’t have much experience with this suite of tools. Topics covered will include accessing your Google account through Harper, demonstrating key features of Google Drive & Docs, securely sharing and collaborating with others, and tips for using with Blackboard.

Academy & Blackboard Support: How to Get Help

The Academy is here to support all full-time and adjunct faculty. During the Fall 2021 semester, we will continue to be available remotely during our normal business hours. In addition, Academy staff will now be available (on a rotating basis) on campus Monday through Thursday for drop-in support: View Schedule and Details.

Additional resources and links to assist you this semester:
Harper sends credit-enrolled students a monthly email, filled with timely information to help students succeed. These messages include information about paying for college, registration, resources, events, and more. Check out the October issue. If you would like to subscribe to all-student emails, message Becki Suthers, Student Communication Manager.

The Harper College Educational Foundation allocates up to $100,000 annually toward the Resource for Excellence (RFE) internal grant program. RFE funding supports innovative and creative ideas and projects which are aligned with the college’s strategic goals and help enhance the college’s mission. All Harper staff and faculty are eligible to apply for an RFE grant. The fiscal year 2023 RFE grant application window will open on January 6, 2022. Technical assistance and informational workshops will be offered to all interested in applying. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements. If you have questions about the RFE program, please reach out to

Use the link above to view Spring 2022 priority registration dates. Please share this information with students and encourage them to register early. The spring schedule of classes will be posted online October 15.

Harper employees, join us for drop-in intramural sports play, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, October 8-29. Each week brings a different format including pingpong, 3 vs. 3 basketball, 4 vs. 4 volleyball and more. Open play is free to Health and Recreation Center members. Non-members can purchase a $5 Intramural Sports Play Pass on the day of each event. Learn more using the link above.
Student Learning
Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair 2021

Shared by the Learning Assessment Committee
On Friday, September 24, the Learning Assessment Committee and the Academy for Teaching Excellence held the 13th Annual Harper College Assessment Conference and Share Fair. More than 100 faculty and staff attended the virtual conference. The event focused on best practices for online teaching and assessment, including the keynote address, “Practical Strategies for Improving Engagement and Equitable Learning Online” by Flower Darby.

Flower highlighted many practical strategies that can be used to enhance virtual teaching and learning including how important it is to use energy, passion, and emotion to improve the student learning process; to be available and approachable; to remember to use a positive tone in written correspondence; and the benefits of a “goals contract.” During the “Deeper Dive” workshop, faculty had a chance to engage in a conversation with Flower and share strategies that worked including choice boards, practice exams, flexible due dates, “nudging,” video and podcast reflection, and more.

Faculty Experience
teaching and learning conference
Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference 2021
Thank you to everyone who attended the 8th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference on Thursday, September 23. Our featured speaker was Flower Darby, adjunct faculty member and Senior Instructional Designer at Northern Arizona University. The conference recording, presentation slides, and additional resources are now available.

Online Learning
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The Joys of Musical Breakout Rooms

"As we head into another semester run by the little pandemic that could, some of us are heading back into classrooms, others are teaching from home, and the rest of us find ourselves in the limbo of hybrid teaching. Keeping things new and fresh (always a challenge) becomes even more demanding and exhausting in an environment where how we teach can, of necessity, turn on a dime."

Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
October 14, 3:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

October 19-November 23 (GECs: 3) registration closed

October 19, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

October 25-November 7 (GECs: 1) registration closed

October 26, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)
What's Happening @ Harper?
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