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Academy News - October 9, 2019
Apply for the OER Grant - $75,000 Available
Interested in replacing costly textbooks and course materials for your course(s)? Apply for an OER Transformation Grant by November 30. These grants are intended to support faculty efforts to reduce the costs associated with textbooks and course materials while maintaining high quality course design and instruction.

Strategic Planning
Invitation - Data Summit, October 11
Spend time reviewing data, engaging in a discussion with your colleagues, and providing insights on what the data may mean for Harper going forward.

There are four Data Summits scheduled with identical information to yield broad participation. The first summit is at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 11. If this date works for you, please register. If not, please choose one of the other available dates and times.
Feedback - Dialogue Session #2: Education in the 21st Century, Due October 18
The second dialogue session, which focused on Education in the 21st Century, is available for viewing ( see video). Please complete the feedback form to share your thoughts, insights, and comments on this important topic by Friday, October 18.
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.

An Initiatives Review Committee composed of faculty, staff, and administration will be meeting monthly to review proposals from the campus community for a new effort focused on providing resources that help our students persist and complete at Harper. If you or a group of your colleagues has an idea that will help students in this regard, we want to hear from you. Complete the Initiative Request Form available on HIP detailing your proposal and submit it by the third Monday of the month.

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.

  • SAFEzone Training
  • Teaching While Black/Responding While White: Growing Our Capacity Around Cultural Integrity
  • An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma and Resilience in Post-Secondary Education
  • Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning
  • Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work
  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development (new dates & times!)
  • Innovate Inside the Box Book Discussion
  • GIFTS: Great Ideas for Teaching Speech

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.

Monday through Thursday, the week of October 21, we will hold fire drills to test our Fire Evacuation Plan. Throughout the week, we will hold one drill in each building between 2 and 4 p.m.; LCC and HPC drills will be held in the evenings. The exact day, time, and building will not be announced in advance. Everyone is required to participate in the drill. The goal is to evacuate the building in less than 3 minutes. Our local Fire Departments and evaluators will assess our ability to safely and quickly exit the building, the operation of our fire alarm system, and the response by our evacuation personnel.
Student Learning
Assessment Conference and Share Fair 2019
Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

The 11th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair took place on Friday, September 27. More than 120 faculty and staff attended the conference. The event focused on student learning assessment, including the keynote address "Preserving Students' 'Mental Bandwidth' to Increase Equity in Success" by Dr. Tina Bhargava, Associate Professor at Kent State University.

Faculty Experience
Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference 2019
The 6th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference took place on Friday, September 27. The focus of the conference was bandwidth, specifically on the ways we can conserve bandwidth for our students as well as reduce the mental strain of the many passions and responsibilities that come with the territory of being an educator.

Online Learning
Midterm Feedback
Submitted by Phil Mortenson, Distance Learning Manager and Jenny Henrikson, Instructional & Distance Education Design Specialist

As the middle of the 16-week semester is upon us, it is a perfect time to think about midterm (formative) student evaluations. Dr. Katie Linder offers some useful tips for taking this opportunity to get feedback from students. Enjoy her short (less than 10 minutes), applicable podcast using the link below.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Faculty Photos
Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
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.
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