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Academy News - October 14, 2020
What 5 Play-Based Activities Can I Use to Create an Active, Learning-Centered Class?

Join us for the next session of the Lunch & Learn with the 20-Minute Mentor Series:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 27
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist; Teaching With Games Community of Practice Members; and Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair

Join a Community of Practice

Have you been thinking about joining a Community of Practice (CoP)? Now is the time! The following groups are seeking members to participate in their communities:

  • Empathetic Teaching
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Grit, Growth Mindset, and Metacognition

To join one of these groups, please fill out this brief application.

Not sure what a CoP is? It is a faculty-driven development opportunity that creates space for instructors to engage in meaningful and productive reflection on their teaching and classroom experience. Learn more about CoPs at Harper.
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Apply Now for the Glenn Reich Memorial Faculty Award for Instructional Technology

Glenn Reich, former Director of User Services at Harper, believed in a humanistic, collaborative approach to instructional technology. He encouraged faculty and staff to invest their energy in the technology that he knew would dramatically affect our world and believed every academic discipline should expose students to technology and assist them to become comfortable with it. This award is devoted to realizing and carrying forward that vision.

Learn more and download the application. The application deadline is Monday, November 2.
Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Conserving Bandwidth for Our Students of Color

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

  • Date: Thursday, October 22
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Monica Edwards, Sociology; Tiffany Jones, Anthropology

Fall GECs - Last Chance to Register!

All faculty (full-time & adjunct) can register for Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs) at no cost. A GEC is a graduate-level course on a particular topic at a level of rigor equivalent to a graduate course in an accredited college or university. Credits from these courses are included in a faculty member's application for tenure and promotion (including the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program) as professional development credits.

The registration deadlines for the remaining fall GECs are approaching quickly:
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.
Harper's fifth virtual town hall is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29. Topics will include the Spring 2021 semester, enrollment and our ongoing response to COVID-19. Knowing the impact of the pandemic will last beyond this fiscal year, we will also discuss assessing our workforce needs for a midyear budget review and future planning. The town hall will include a Q&A session. Please submit your questions by Thursday, October 22, by completing this form. You will find the Webex login information and an add to calendar link on HIP.

Learn more about accessing Harper applications & systems remotely, Blackboard, Webex and web conferencing tools, support for online teaching/learning, Library resources, where to go to ask questions and more.

Virtual meeting backgrounds allow you (and your students) to add a different dimension to your Webex meeting and give you an extra layer of privacy (people won't see the piles of laundry behind you). Learn how to add virtual backgrounds with this short video.

  • Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Conserving Bandwidth for Our Students of Color
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Create, Facilitate, or Enhance
  • What 5 Play-Based Activities Can I Use to Create an Active, Learning-Centered Class?
  • Understanding and Rethinking Anti-Racism and Resistance
  • Google Tools for Online Teaching
  • What Are the Secrets to Providing Highly Effective Feedback to Students?
  • Sustaining the Professional Self for Meaningful Engagement
  • Understanding Latin@ Campus Experiences: Student Panel
  • How Can Preparing to Teach Online Improve My Face-To-Face Teaching?
  • Let’s Pause Right Here: Addressing Microaggressions in the Moment

Student Involvement has been busy creating and collaborating with other departments to continue to provide engaging events and valuable services for our Harper students. Please share the October issue of Harper Happenings with your students. You are also welcomed to attend these virtual events!

Learn more about the changes to the Hawks Care Resource Center as well as resources and supports available to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more using the link above.

If you know a student who needs technology, please encourage them to submit a library technology loan request. The college purchased Chromebooks, internet hotspots, and graphing calculators. Help us get them in the hands of students. Learn more using the link above.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Women's Bureau and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In honor of the Women's Bureau Centennial, the bureau is encouraging leaders to tell their story by participating in the "Our Purpose. Your Work." initiative. Oakton Community College is supporting this initiative by presenting the 1st annual Women In Leadership Symposium: Telling HERstory! Featuring a keynote on YOU CAN LEAD! 30 Life Lessons to Empower the Leader Within. This free, online symposium takes place on Wednesday, October 21.

Looking for some motivation this fall? Campus Recreation is here to help! Walk, hike, bike, dance and move your way into shape from Monday, October 19 through Sunday, November 15. The Harper Hawks 4-week fitness challenge includes free virtual guidance, fitness tips by our personal trainers, self-tracking and prizes. Individuals and teams are welcome. Registration closes Friday, October 16.
Student Learning
Assessment Conference and Share Fair 2020

On Friday, September 25, the Learning Assessment Committee and the Academy for Teaching Excellence held the 12th Annual Harper College Assessment Conference and Share Fair. More than 130 faculty and staff attended the virtual conference. The event focused on student learning assessment, including the keynote address “Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Equity” by Dr. Tia Brown McNair.

Dr. Brown McNair highlighted key strategies for achieving equity goals, based on case studies and recommendations outlined in her book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, and discussed the challenges and opportunities colleges face as they pursue equitable student outcomes for all student groups. Additionally, in her workshop, Dr. Brown McNair, discussed strategies for assessment that embrace learner-centered, equitable policies and practices, and engage multiple campus stakeholders to support a high-quality liberal education for all students, along with solution-driven practices that can be implemented to support equity and student achievement of learning outcomes.

The conference also included sessions presented by members of the Learning Assessment Committee and its work groups including Assessing Outcomes in a Remote Environment and a General Education Assessment update.

Visit the Conference HIP page to view the recordings of each session and the presentations.
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Research Shows that Argument Mapping Significantly Improves Critical Thinking Skills

Submitted by Brett Fulkerson-Smith, Philosophy

In 2017-2018, the Learning Assessment Committee and the General Education-Critical Thinking Work Group assessed the general education outcome “use evidence to develop arguments, make decisions, and evaluate outcomes.” The results indicated that most students showed significant room for improvement with respect to all three of the areas related to the outcome: developing arguments, making decisions, and evaluating outcomes. In Spring 2021, this general education outcome will be reassessed.

As part of its ongoing work to improve the results of this assessment, the Learning Assessment Committee and the General Education-Critical Thinking Work Group is proud to announce a two-part workshop on argument mapping. A growing body of research shows that argument mapping significantly improves critical thinking skills. In fact, meta-analyses find that courses that use argument mapping yield five or six times the gains of a standard semester at college!

Faculty Experience
Meet Gerardo Cruz

When Gerardo Cruz arrived at the seminary outside Milwaukee, he had $10 in his pocket and didn’t speak any English. His plan was to spend the summer learning about the priesthood. He could not have foretold what would unfold.

It started with the priest offering to help Gerardo with his visa so he could stay in the U.S. to pursue an education and study to become a priest. First, Gerardo had to learn English, so he enrolled in ESL classes at the local community college. From there, and thanks to the financial support of the seminary, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to pursue his bachelor’s. The one stipulation imposed by the seminary was that he had to study philosophy.

Online Learning
5 Reasons to Lean into Teaching Online for Now

“I look forward to meeting with my students in person again in the not-too-distant future… But in the meantime, I’ll gladly put my heart into teaching online, even though this would have been anathema to me a year ago.”  - Christopher Schaberg, Distinguished Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans.

If you are feeling like teaching online is not the most satisfying teaching format for you, then read five reasons why this professor is leaning into teaching online for now. His article, "Why I’m Teaching Online", was recently published in Inside Higher Ed.
Upcoming Professional Development Credit Opportunities
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