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Academy News - October 23, 2019
Call for Proposals: Spring 2020 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
The Academy is now accepting proposals for Spring 2020 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week that will take place January 7 to January 11.

Proposals must be submitted by Monday, November 4.

Data Summits
As an important step in the process of developing Harper's next strategic plan, the College will hold four Data Summits. The summits will provide participants with the opportunity to review and provide insights on current data about Harper students and employees as well as the broader community we serve.

There are 16 topics/discussion tables. At each session, you will spend time at up to five tables. To provide input on additional topics, please feel free to attend multiple summits.

Space is limited, so RSVP now to guarantee your spot.

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. Apply by Monday, November 4.

Have you ever felt limited by mandatory assessments, a predetermined curriculum, or even budgeting restrictions? This Innovate Inside the Box book discussion will help you achieve learning opportunities for every learner while addressing these barriers and others. The first 15 people to register will receive a free copy of the book!

  • Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning
  • Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work
  • Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Workshop
  • 10th Annual International Education Summit
  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development (new dates & times!)
  • GIFTS: Great Ideas for Teaching Speech

Join Advising Services for a day of scary surprises, ghoulish games, and fearsome fun! Stop by Building A, Room A364 on October 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Presentations every hour, on the hour, including information about Focus 2, Starfish, Degree Works, and Case Management.

Dr. Proctor would like to hear from you. You are invited to share your ideas, thoughts, and concerns about the work you do at Harper and how we can help our students succeed. Sessions will be held on the main campus as well as at LCC and HPC. Choose a session that works best for you.

Have you been thinking about joining a Community of Practice? Now is the time! Multiple groups are currently seeking members to participate in their communities.
Student Learning
We want to hear from you!
Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

During Spring 2019, the Learning Assessment Committee and a work group led an assessment of Harper's Communication General Education Learning Outcome in a selection of course sections, ultimately assessing the work of more than 800 students. View the results of this work using the link below.
Please give us your ideas, suggestions, and recommendations for improvement!
  • Complete this survey to share your ideas and help improve students' written communication skills.
  • Attend a group discussion on Friday, November 8 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in F135.
  • Contact the Communication Work Group with questions or to be a part of the team!

Faculty Experience
Become an Accessibility Ally
Submitted by Pascuala Herrera, Access and Disability Services

Are you interested in the GEC, "Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities" but missed registering for the class or you just did not have the time for one more thing?
Well, here is the good news! To promote social justice for students with disabilities, you can now participate in a free, fully online professional development opportunity available to all employees.

Pascuala Herrera, Professor in Access and Disability Services, spent the summer developing a website that will help you earn the distinction of being an Accessibility Ally. Once you go through the training materials that include relevant information about 10 of the most common disabilities, you will be able to take a short quiz. If you pass with an 80% or better, you will earn an Accessibility Ally certificate.

Online Learning
Teaching an online course for the first time?
Submitted by Phil Mortenson, Distance Learning Manager and Jenny Henrikson, Instructional & Distance Education Design Specialist

Teaching an online course for the first time (or need some new ideas)? Here's some advice from your colleagues in an article from Inside Higher Ed.

Also, registration is now open for Teaching Online Successfully for Spring 2020. 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). Learn more & register.
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
October 23, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.15)
October 25, 10:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.15)

October 24, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
November 22, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

October 25, 12:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.5)
November 7, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.5)

October 30, 5 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

November 1, 8 a.m. (CEUs: 0.35)

November 15, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

December 12, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
Faculty Photos
Diversity Symposium
Diversity Symposium
What's Happening @ Harper?
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building F, Room F317
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: Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at ads@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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