Professional Development Credit Offerings Fall 2019
Register now for Fall 2019 Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs) and CEU offerings.

Please watch the Workshops & Webinars and GEC webpages for the most updated list of opportunities from both faculty and members of the Academy Instructional Design Team.
Graduate Equivalency Courses
Teaching Online Successfully
GECs: 1 (per course)
Choose from three course options based on your needs-whether you're developing an online/blended course (Create), teaching an online/blended course (Facilitate), or if you're looking for tools & techniques to enhance your online/blended course to encourage student engagement (Enhance). Faculty who wish to teach their first online/blended course at Harper must satisfy the professional development requirement.

These courses are fully online.

Registration Deadlines:
Create: August 22
Facilitate: September 9
Enhance: October 7
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities
GECs: 3
In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn basic information about the 10 most common visible and invisible disabilities, in order to evaluate a course or program and develop methods that make the learning environment inclusive and welcoming to all students, including students with disabilities. The course will utilize real case studies of current and past Harper students, in order to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment.

This course is online, with one face-to-face session.

Registration Deadline:
September 2
Open Educational Practices
GECs: 3
This course introduces participants to open educational practices. Topics include open educational resources, open content development, accessibility, instructional design, and open pedagogy. Open educational practices are applied throughout the course in a variety of individual and team learning activities.

This course is fully online.

Registration Deadline:
September 2
Introduction to Action Research for Scholarship
GECs: 3
In this course, students explore research paradigms and methodologies by studying their own educational settings and contexts through action research. Students investigate topics that are of interest to them and learn how to retrieve, critique, and summarize published research. They produce and evaluate their own data to understand their classrooms and their students' achievement, behaviors, and attitudes. Working collaboratively and independently on small projects and assignments, students learn different approaches to data collection and evaluation, considering issues of credibility, reliability, and validity.

This course is fully online.

Registration Deadline:
September 16
Evidence-Informed Teaching
CEUs: 0.2
Explore ways to apply evidence-based recommendations to enhance your teaching. Strategies specific to college teaching that could be utilized across the curriculum will be presented, and participants will have an opportunity to evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods as well as consider how they may adjust their practices based on the research. The workshop will conclude with sample classroom assessment techniques that faculty can adapt to evaluate the effects of their interventions on student learning.

Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF)
CEUs: 0.4
Pioneered at the University of Washington, Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF) is a voluntary, non-evaluative process for collecting feedback from your students on their experiences and perceptions of your course mid-way through the semester. A subgroup of the Faulty Development Committee is piloting the SGIF process here at Harper, and is looking for faculty to attend this workshop that are interested in participating in SGIF in the Fall 2019 semester.

Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
CEUs: 0.5
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. Multiple observation instruments will be introduced so that faculty can select the instrument that they feel aligns best with their classroom characteristics, instructional approach, and goals for the observation. Each faculty participant in the workshop will partner with a peer to experience the process both as a teacher and observer.

Teaching While Black/Responding While White: Growing our Capacity Around Cultural Integrity
CEUs: 0.15
In this workshop, Monica Shirley shares the story of her first year as a Diverse Faculty Fellow at Harper and the lessons we can all learn as we grow our capacity around destigmatizing, supporting, and valuing difference. Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair, will also briefly share her growth around microaggressions and cultural integrity based on her experiences and doctoral research.

Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning
CEUs: 0.15
To provide a truly inclusive learning experience for your students, it has been proven that captioning and transcripts benefit all learners. This workshop will provide best practices, methods, and tools for accessible video and captioning.

Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work
CEUs: 0.2
Education professionals often divide their attention and energy among many competing needs. Join us for a workshop on addressing stressors, creating a framework for self-care, and engaging in deep work based on the work in sustaining the professional self by Boye and Smith at Texas A&M peppered with some light commentary on work-life balance from Shonda Rhimes.

GIFTS: Great Ideas for Teaching Speech
CEUs: 0.2
As we end the fall semester and begin our preparations for the spring, consider attending the "Communication Arts Holiday GIFTS session" and share your favorite idea, exercise, rubric, or teaching-technique. This will also be a great opportunity for us to celebrate the holidays and a great semester. Each participant should come prepared to present their "GIFT" in 10 minutes or less. Handouts are always appreciated.

GoReact Training Seminar
CEUs: 0.3
Work with your colleagues to master the GoReact tool. The focus will be on public speaking uses, but all disciplines are welcome. Learn to set up and use GoReact for a variety of video recording assignments and rubrics. Experienced participants will learn about advanced uses for the tool (extra credit, response assignments, video analysis assignments...). Faculty that cannot attend all three hours are welcome to "drop in." We will start from square one at 3 p.m. and get to advanced skills in the second half.

11th Annual Assessment Conference & Share Fair
This year's conference will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Tina Bhargava of Kent State University! With a passion for social justice, this Stanford alum's expertise includes higher education equity and cognitive demands among marginalized populations.

6th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
This year's conference will focus on mental bandwidth (of both students and faculty) and feature keynote speaker, Dr. Tina Bhargava. The conference will directly follow the 11th Annual Assessment Conference & Share Fair that is taking place in the Wojcik Conference Center earlier that same day.

Save the Date
  • Diversity Symposium: October 4
  • TEDxHarperCollege 2019: October 9
  • International Education Summit: November 1
  • Faculty Retreat Spring 2020: March 13-14
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