Academy News - September 19, 2018
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.

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

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Last Chance! Register Now!
Final hours to register for the Assessment Conference and earn up to 0.4 CEUs for this engaging professional development offering!

  • Friday, September 21, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Saundra McGuire
  • Engaging sessions presented by your colleagues
  • Raffle, including an Amazon Fire Tablet

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

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

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:
Grade Center: Weighted Columns
Building a Rubric
Discussion Boards, Forums, & Threads
Working with Groups
Running Course Reports

Meet the Academy's New Distance Learning Manager
The Academy is pleased to introduce our new Distance Learning Manager, Phil Mortenson!

Phil will manage the distance education operations and activities for the Academy. His responsibilities will include project management support for the development of new online degree and certificate programs, coordinating the college's quality assurance program, and ensuring that academic and student support services are accessible to online and blended learners. Welcome, Phil!
Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education Edition
Would you like to learn how you can support Harper’s culture of care? Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education is a standardized eight-hour training designed to teach lay persons a supportive destigmatizing skill set. You will learn to identify and de-escalate a person in distress, and connect that person with professional help, including campus resources. Learning the skill set is similar to learning CPR. The training is enjoyable, interactive, and designed around the types of situations encountered in colleges and universities. This training is an investment in making a difference on and off campus. Learn how to put your compassion into action.

Seats for the fall session are filling fast - reserve your spot asap. We plan to repeat the session in the spring.
FBI Overview: Cyber Threats, Trends, and Strategies - October 4
In the rapidly changing world of digital information, we are constantly bombarded with new threats to our cybersecurity. From malware, phishing, and other scams, our homes and businesses are constantly at risk of being part of the next data breech. Special Agent Bixby, from the Chicago FBI Field Office, will discuss some of the current threats and trends in cybersecurity and how you can protect yourself.

New Job Information Module Available for Blackboard
An overview of the Job Placement Resource Center (JPRC) is now available to faculty to add to their Blackboard courses.

Composting, Tree Planting, Upcycling, & More
These are just three ways Harper is embracing "going green" on campus. Did you know Harper also recycled 14 tons of cardboard and nine tons of metal?

Check out Harper's latest Sustainability Annual Report to see the many innovative ways Harper is making an impact.
New Online Action Research GEC!
Is there something that you have wanted to change or even just tweak in your teaching but haven't found the right tools in which to do so? Consider signing up for a new, online Action Research GEC (graduate equivalency course) taking place from November 5 - December 14. Action Research is a reflective and analytical way to evaluate your practices in the classroom, and you can customize all your research to exactly what you want to improve. Stay tuned for more details and to register!
Apply for the OER Transformation Grant
If you are interested in replacing costly textbooks and course materials for your course(s) with Open Educational Resources or low-cost/no-cost alternatives for students, this grant opportunity is for you.

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The Faculty Lounge
Help One More Student Stay
Written by Marianne Fontes, Associate Professor, English

If you could make a small change in your classroom that increases the likelihood that fewer students will drop while making you feel better in the class, would you try it?

Twenty faculty members took on the challenge of "Helping One More Student Stay" and made a small change in their classes during Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Student Learning Showcase
Students Love Learning!
Written by Faon Grandinetti, Associate Director, Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Did you see us at Hullabaloo?
We're taking our excitement about student learning right to Harper students! Our Hullabaloo Quiz Booth showcasing our General Education Learning Outcomes was a rousing success! The students had a lot of fun, and each student took home a fun pen featuring the Gen Ed Outcomes.
Want pens to share with your students, or even one for yourself? Learn more!

Why should our students care about learning outcomes?
How can you communicate with students about learning (and assessment)?
How do YOU communicate with students about learning?

Continue reading to learn more and see ideas for involving students in learning and assessment...
What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
Fulbright Scholar Program
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies

You might have been aware that we have had Fulbright Scholars periodically over the years as part of the Office of International Education's Global Region of Focus initiative, but you may be wondering what our guests do during their time on campus.

Continue reading to learn more about our current Fulbright Scholar from Costa Rica, Professor Jairo Viales...
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Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Thursday, September 20, 4 p.m.

Friday, September 21, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 27, 4 p.m.

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.

Friday, October 12, 9 a.m.
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