Academy News - September 5, 2018
We Are Harper
Faculty and staff share the ways they contribute to making Harper a vibrant, relevant community college.
No Sports Experience Required! Register Now for the Decathlon!
Join us for the 10th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair , an engaging professional development opportunity!


On September 21, at 8 a.m., race to the registration table and pick up your entrant materials! Pin your contestant bib and dash to events ( view agenda ) to earn (sticker) medals throughout the day! Collect 10 medals to complete the decathlon, increasing your chance to take home the gold (raffle prizes)! Learn more and register !

A free professional development opportunity. Open to all faculty and staff! View testimonials from last year's attendees!
OSCQR Rubric Online Workshop
The OSCQR (Open SUNY Course Quality Review) rubric supports continuous improvements to the quality and accessibility of distance course design. Participate in this workshop to discover opportunities to enrich your own distance course, and/or to become an official, Harper, course design peer reviewer.

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Please Share with Your Students
Please share these links and resources with your students. Post a Blackboard announcement with the links so they can reference them at their convenience.

Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference: Photos & Resources
Thank you to everyone who attended the fifth annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference on August 15! The conference highlighted the new SOAR model of the student journey as well as the new Areas of Interest framework and the College's changing approach to guiding students toward their academic and career goals.

The conference also featured resource tables hosted by campus departments and a fun, interactive activity highlighting The 4 Connections to explore how to support students along their journey.

New! Blackboard Drop-in Sessions

Stop by the Academy for drop-in Blackboard training on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall semester, facilitated by Karen Herold. Each session will begin with a short training on a specific topic, but feel free to bring any questions and issues you would like resolved. No registration required.

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ePortfolio Workshops

ePortfolios tell a carefully crafted story to the world about who you are and what you can do. Students can share ePortfolios as evidence of their skills and future potential. Empower your students with tools to effectively present knowledge and artifacts in a cohesive, personalized format.

Harper Earns National Excellence in Assessment Designation
Harper has been recognized as a 2018 Excellence in Assessment designee by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)!

We are proud to be one of only five institutions recognized this year - and the only community college in this year's cohort! Through the Excellence in Assessment program, NILOA sets the bar for higher education assessment and improvement nationwide.
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Why You're Excellent!
Thanks to you, our assessment culture has grown leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. Thank you for your hard work to improve student learning!
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.

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Harper Partners with OpenStax to Increase Use of Free Textbooks
The high cost of traditional textbooks - an average of somewhere between $600 and $1,400 per student each year, research shows - not only impacts students' ability to attend college, but also their ability to complete coursework. A new partnership aims to reduce those textbook and course material costs for Harper College students.

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Starfish Updates
Written by Jamie Brashler, Student Success Systems Analyst

New this fall, Harper provides faculty with Starfish user guides through MyHarper and single sign-on access to Starfish via Blackboard. Learn more about Starfish by toggling between the “Starfish” and “How Do I?” tabs at the bottom right corner on the MyHarper homepage.

Questions about Starfish?

Call: 847.925.6346
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
Transparency in Course Design
Written by Jonathan Loos, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Want to help your students understand the importance of attending class, how to prepare for class, how to take notes and review materials, and how to take exams? Providing them with a clear understanding of the course design helps them learn how to learn in your discipline and also gives them a framework for learning in other courses.

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Can Harper Students Think Critically?
Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to effectively "Use evidence to develop arguments, make decisions, and evaluate outcomes" at the time they graduate from Harper.

Last spring, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Critical Thinking Work Group led an assessment of this outcome in a selection of course sections, ultimately assessing the work of over 700 students.


What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
New Collaborative Learning Space in the Library
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies

On the tour of the library with the New Faculty course last week, Librarian Christine Kuffel introduced us to the library classroom in Building F, Room F220. Library classrooms in the old library were traditional rows where each student was seated at a computer, but this new room allows students to work together around tables with one keyboard, mouse, and large monitor per group. Christine explained to the New Faculty course that “there are projectors and screens at each end of the room so that when librarians are giving instruction, students can see from wherever they are sitting.”

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Thursday, September 6, 4 p.m.

Friday, September 7, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 13, 6 p.m.

Friday, September 7, 12 p.m.

Begins Monday, September 10

Tuesday, September 18, 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 20, 4 p.m.

Friday, September 21, 8 a.m.
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What's Happening @ Harper?
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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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