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Academy News - September 25, 2019
Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
When designed as a professional development experience, peer observation of teaching can be a beneficial experience for both faculty members involved. In this workshop, participants will learn to use a structured protocol for conducting a formative classroom observation using a peer review model in which goals for the observation are established, an in-class observation is performed, and data from the observation is reviewed during a follow-up feedback session.

Dialogue Session #2: Education in the 21st Century
The next Strategic Plan Dialogue Session, on Monday, September 30, will focus on how the college should respond to changes in education and the learners we serve. Please join this conversation that will help inform our Strategic Plan.

The first dialogue session focused on Professional Growth and Service is available for viewing ( see video). Please complete the feedback form to share your thoughts, insights, and comments on this important topic. Please submit feedback by Friday, September 27.
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.

  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
  • 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
  • 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.

October is Campus Sustainability Month! Show your support for campus sustainability by sharing your ideas for how to make our campus green. The Sustainability Work Group is seeking project ideas from faculty, staff, and students that can be implemented on campus. Be creative!

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Student Learning
How well can can Harper students communicate in writing?
Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to "Communicate information and concepts in oral and written formats" at the time they graduate from Harper.

Last spring, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Communication Work Group led an assessment of this outcome in a selection of course sections, ultimately assessing the work of more than 800 students. Thank you to those of you who participated in this assessment!
  • What did the results show?
  • What happens next?
  • How can you join the conversation and share your ideas?

Faculty Experience
Now Is the Time to Join a Community of Practice!
Have you been thinking about joining a Community of Practice (CoP)? Now is the time! The following groups are seeking members to participate in their communities:

Online Learning
"I Am Not a Robot"
Submitted by Phil Mortenson, Distance Learning Manager and Jenny Henrikson, Instructional & Distance Education Design Specialist

This week an article, "I Am Not a Robot", was published in Faculty Focus, by Magna Publications. It was written by collaborating faculty members, and succinctly provides three tangible ways that faculty members can visualize their presence to students, in any online course. We hope you enjoy this quick, interesting read!

Faculty Focus continuously publishes a variety of other useful resources on a range of educational topics. If you would like to browse through some of their other articles, visit: www.facultyfocus.com.
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
September 27, 8 a.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

September 27, 12:30 p.m.

September 30 - December 3 (GECs: 3)
registration now closed

October 4, 8:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.35)
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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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