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Academy News - September 11, 2019
The Verdict is In: Harper Faculty & Students Recommend SGIF!
Small group instructional feedback, or SGIF, has arrived at Harper, and faculty and students are recommending that YOU try it! This 3-minute video gives an overview of what SGIF is and how it can help you and your students.

Want to see what Harper faculty and students who have experienced SGIF are saying? Want to learn how you can participate in SGIF this semester?

To reduce textbook and course material costs primarily through the adoption, adaptation, and creation of free Open Educational Resources (OER), Harper has allocated $75,000 of strategic plan funding for OER Transformation Grants. 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. If you are interested in replacing costly textbooks and course materials for your course(s), this grant opportunity is for you.

The first set of Fall 2019 Starfish Progress Surveys launched on Monday, September 9 and are due by Sunday, September 29. You will find that the surveys look a little different this fall as Starfish made some enhancements to both design and functionality. Using Starfish early in the semester provides students with opportunities to improve and continues to show tremendous impact.

  • Evidence-Informed Teaching
  • Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF)
  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
  • Teaching While Black/Responding While White: Growing Our Capacity Around Cultural Integrity
  • Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning
  • Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work

The Make Shop helps students bridge the theoretical to the practical. We also provide space for students to link information from different topics, which helps with understanding and retention. Students can combine different skills (Literature & Sewing, Spanish, History, and Math) to create something that shows knowledge gained along with a deeper understanding of a specific topic.

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.

This year the Diversity & Inclusion Shared Governance Committee is pleased to announce there will be two guest speakers during the Diversity Symposium. Everyone will have the opportunity to attend both presentations, each focusing on various aspects of diverse indigeneity, equity, and inclusion.

Please join us in saying farewell to our friend and colleague Dr. Brian Knetl, who will be leaving Harper on September 20 after almost 11 years of service. The event will take place in the Drama Lab (Room L109) on Wednesday, September 18 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Student Learning
Register Now for the Assessment Conference & Share Fair
The 11th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair is only two weeks away! It's time to register now and earn up to 0.4 CEUs for attending!


Faculty Experience
Congratulations, Level II Adjunct Faculty!
Congratulations to the 2019 cohort of Level II Adjunct Faculty!

These faculty members completed a Reflective Educator GEC during the summer semester and developed a comprehensive ePortfolio documenting their reflective practices, college service, and professional development that was reviewed and approved by a committee.

Online Learning
Teaching Online Will Make You a Better Teacher in Any Setting
Submitted by Phil Mortenson, Distance Learning Manager and Jenny Henrikson, Instructional & Distance Education Design Specialist

We'd like to share a recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education about how teaching online will make you a better teacher in any setting. We'd also like to share a few standards to always consider in your online course and how we're here to help.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
September 12, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

September 13, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
September 17, 2:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

September 16 - November 10 (GECs: 3)
registration now closed

September 16 - November 7 (GECs: 3)
registration now closed
September 27, 8 a.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

September 27, 12:30 p.m.

September 30 - December 3 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: September 16
Faculty Photos
OSCQR Peer Reviewer Workshop
Harper's faculty & staff softball team, "AMP" Absent Minded Professors
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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