Academy News - October 3, 2018
Step-Back Consulting Workshop
Step-back consulting is a creative method to develop solutions to challenges and dilemmas we face in our work. The technique, developed by Robert Kegan at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, promotes focused group discussion of complex problems. Through a structured and facilitated process, "consultants" brainstorm creative solutions using an outsider's lens while taking ownership of the "consultee's" problem on an affective level. Learn more.

Facilitator: Mike Bates, Dean of Teaching, Learning, & Distance Education

Register Now (first session today at 12 p.m.!)
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Harry Potter: Harper Mystery
A powerful magic, called Critical Thinking, has been spotted on the grounds of Hogwarts Harper! Join your fellow wizards on a series of magical quests to better understand, measure, and draw out Critical Thinking. Muggles welcome.

  • Faon Grandinetti, Associate Director of Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Julia Lamping, Institutional Effectiveness Analyst
  • Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist

Making Your Course Materials Accessible
Accessible course materials benefit all students, and can often be done with minimal time investment. Learn how to make your PowerPoint, Word, and other documents accessible to students, and leave the workshop with tools and techniques to review a variety of materials.

Facilitator: Chris Dobson, Curriculum Content Graphic Illustrator

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions
Stop by the Academy for drop-in Blackboard training on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays this semester. No registration required.

Facilitator: Karen Herold, Instructional Technology Assistant

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Discussion Boards, Forums, & Threads
  • Working with Groups
  • Running Course Reports
  • Copying Your Blackboard Courses
  • Downloading Grade Center

Harper Wins Delphi Award!
Harper College has received the 2018 Delphi Award for Faculty Models, Programs, Policies and Practices that Support Student Success!

One two-year and one four-year institution were selected for the inaugural year of this award which recognizes successful programs that support adjunct and non-tenure track faculty.

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Apply Now for the Glenn A. 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 more comfortable with it. This award is devoted to realizing and carrying forward that vision.

The application deadline is Friday, November 2.
Diversity Symposium
This year's diversity symposium offers an opportunity to expand your knowledge and enhance your development of Latinx success initiatives within Harper's campus community.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Benitez, is a nationally-acclaimed activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator with extensive experience in diversity issues in higher education.

Illinois Community College OER Summit - Registration Now Open!
The college of Lake County and College of DuPage cordially invite you to attend the Illinois Community College OER Summit on Friday, November 30.

This event is for Illinois Community College faculty, administrators, librarians, and instructional designers to discuss OER, learn together, and share ways to integrate OER at your college and across the state.

Call for Proposals: Spring 2019 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
The Academy is now accepting proposals for Spring 2019 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week that will take place January 8 to January 12.

Proposals must be submitted by Monday, November 5.
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Please Note: Tech Fest will not take place during Spring Orientation Week this year. More information coming soon!
Harper Copyright Tutorial Available
The Harper College Copyright Tutorial is now available and is located on the Library's Copyright & Fair Use resources page and the Academy's Course Design page. This tutorial takes you through the Copyright Decision Path, a series of 7 questions that will help you develop a more informed answer to, "Can I use this?" for a work you would like to use. You can take a quiz to check your knowledge, and can return to the tutorial as often as you need to when evaluating your use of materials.

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Mission Possible - Bringing Podcasts into the College Classroom
Written by Robert Allare, Business & Social Science, History

Until recently I missed the connection between podcasts and Higher Education. This all changed after attending the "Innovative Strategies to Advance Student Learning" conference run by Lilly. After attending several workshops about how to use podcasts in the classroom I began to reach out to find other sources on this topic. Fortunately, I didn't have to search far.

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Student Learning Showcase
Teach Students How to Learn!
Written by Faon Grandinetti, Associate Director, Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Did you know you can help many of your students learn using relatively simple techniques--even if those students haven't performed well in class so far? You might help students use focused reading strategies, employ an improved study cycle, or increase their motivation...techniques that Dr. Saundra McGuire has seen help students throughout her tenure in teaching and learning. Dr. McGuire shared these and other methods for helping faculty Teach Students How to Learn at the Assessment Conference on Friday, September 21.

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What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About
The Dual Credit Quality Act
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies

You may have heard a buzz about dual credit, but are still wondering what's going on and how it will affect our future students. On August 11 of this year, Governor Rauner signed an amendment to the Dual Credit Quality Act. The original act had high school districts work through college partners to provide college courses and credit for their students. According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the act was signed into law in 2010 with the following stated goals.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Wednesday, October 3, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10, 6 p.m.

Friday, October 5 & Friday, October 19, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, October 9, 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 11, 6 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 16, 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23, 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 4 p.m.
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