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Professional Development Credit Offerings Fall 2020
Register now for Fall 2020 Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs) and credit workshop (CEU) offerings.

Please watch the Academy website during the semester for the most updated list of opportunities.
Graduate Equivalency Courses
Teaching Online Successfully
GECs: 1 (per course)
There are three course options to choose from based on your needs:
  • Create: you're developing an online or blended course for the first time
  • Facilitate: you're teaching an online/blended course for the first time
  • Enhance: you're looking for tools & techniques to enhance your online or blended course to encourage student engagement

These courses are fully online.

Registration Deadlines:
Create: August 31
Facilitate: September 21
Enhance: October 12
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 ten 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 synchronous sessions.

Registration Deadline:
September 3
Equity Pedagogies and Practices
GECs: 3
This interactive application course is designed for participants to create materials and design experiences to foster transparent and inclusive environments and experiences for all students. The course will also provide instruction, models, and discussion of the approaches necessary to foster equitably engaging and enriching learning experiences and environments. Practitioners will then participate in guided work sessions in which they develop materials and tools that promote inclusive spaces, welcoming interactions, responsiveness to students’ needs, development of awareness and self-efficacy, and relevance to students’ lives.

This course is online with synchronous sessions.

Registration Deadline:
September 9
Understanding and Rethinking Anti-Racism and Resistance
GECs: 3
This course is based on the book White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice. The book explores the challenges of learning to understand systemic and institutional racism. White Fatigue refers to the idea of White folks who believe racism is wrong but seem to get frustrated with learning about racism because of its complexity. The book explores ideas ranging from what is racism and its forms, resistance, privilege, racial identity development, race and politics, the success and failure of multicultural education, theoretical perspectives on the challenges of learning about racism, racial literacy, and how we can institutionally confront fatigue. Ultimately the text encourages us to rethink the ways we talk about racism as a matter of social justice.

This course is online with synchronous sessions.

Registration Deadline:
October 20
15 Ways to Apply Equity Pedagogies to Online Practice
CEUs: 0.1
The Academy and special guest Dr. Joseph Flynn, Associate Director for the Center for Black Studies at NIU, present ideas for online teaching that are aligned with the principles of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. Join us for an overview of strategies and related templates that you can adapt for immediate use in your online course to create a safe climate, share cultural capital, affirm student experiences, facilitate active learning and interaction, validate different ways of making and communicating meaning, and co-construct knowledge.

Learn More (session is tomorrow!)
Digital Accessibility Essentials for Online Courses
CEUs: 0.1
In this session, data will be presented to shed light on the visible and invisible disabilities experienced by Harper students. Simple strategies will be shared that you can employ to improve the accessibility of course materials including audio/video files, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, images, and tables. We will also introduce Ally, a new Blackboard tool that helps you to identify and fix accessibility issues. There will be a Fall 2020 pilot with Ally that you have the opportunity to participate in, starting with a workshop later in the fall semester.

Learn More (session is tomorrow!)
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Successful Online Teaching for Start Smart
CEUs: 0.1
Are you teaching a Start Smart course online in Fall 2020? Would you like to learn about some new resources to help you plan your course and activities? Do you want to learn more about online features that can help you facilitate group work and synchronous sessions to create a sense of community in your course? If so, this session is for you. Join us as we explore techniques to enhance engagement, inclusivity, accessibility, and excitement in your Start Smart classes.

Learn More (session is Friday!)
Bandwidth Recovery Series
CEUs: 0.1 (per session)
Students are experiencing increased stress as a result of the pandemic and the social and political unrest in response to recent events; this series is designed to provide faculty with strategies to help students conserve bandwidth so that they can successfully engage in learning under these tense and trying circumstances. Each session will provide attendees with a greater awareness of the underlying causes of bandwidth depletion and concrete, multi-disciplinary strategies to increase students’ cognitive and emotional bandwidth.

  • Bandwidth Recovery Strategies: Helping Students Maximize Learning Potential
  • Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Conserving Bandwidth for Our Students of Color
  • Understanding Latin@ Campus Experiences: Student Panel
  • Let's Pause Right Here: Addressing Microaggressions in the Moment

Become an Ally Advocate: Improve the Accessibility of Course Materials with Ally for Blackboard
CEUs: 1.0
We’re excited to announce a new tool available in your Blackboard course called Ally. Ally provides you guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with your digital course content, which means your learning materials will work better on mobile phones and tablets as well as with assistive technologies. Ally provides visual indicators (that only you can see) next to your course files for detailed feedback about how to correct the accessibility issues with your files. Your students will also be able to download “alternative formats” of your files by clicking the drop-down icon next to the file name, and choosing a version of the file most appropriate for their device and need. During this workshop we will demonstrate the features of Ally and guide you through the workflow for identifying and correcting accessibility issues.

Lunch & Learn Series
CEUs: 0.1 (per session)
The 20-Minute Mentor video series offered by Magna Publications, are video-based programs designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations designed to fit busy schedules. The Academy is partnering with Harper faculty to showcase a few of these videos in our second season of the Lunch & Learn series. Each one-hour session will provide an opportunity for attendees to watch one of the videos as a group. Faculty leaders will then engage the group in discussion and brainstorming on how to apply what they saw in the video to their classrooms. While we can’t enjoy lunch together in person, feel free to enjoy your lunch during the session.

  • How Can Online Instructors Better Manage Their Workload?
  • What 5 Play-Based Activities Can I Use to Create an Active, Learning-Centered Class?
  • What Are the Secrets to Providing Highly Effective Feedback to Students?
  • How Can Preparing to Teach Online Improve My Face-To-Face Teaching?

Tools to Foster Connections in a Remote Learning Environment
CEUs: 0.2
This session will demonstrate technology tools that can be used to promote student-to-student and student-to-instructor connections in a remote learning environment. The session will cover the “why” of using a tool and follow with a demonstration of its use in Blackboard from both the instructor and student perspective. At the conclusion of the session, faculty will be provided with a resource guide to help them choose and implement the tools that will help foster connections in their online course.

Google Tools for Online Teaching
CEUs: 0.15
Looking to spice up your online teaching? How about making lessons more interactive? Then it’s time to learn more about the free suite of education tools available from Google. This workshop will introduce you to easy and innovative ideas to utilize the collaboration features of Google in a remote learning environment. Come discover how these tools can complement Blackboard and learn tips to enhance the online teaching and learning experience.

Sustaining the Professional Self for Meaningful Engagement
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 meaningful, focused endeavors inspired by the work in sustaining the professional self by Boye and Smith at Texas A&M and traditional Hawaiian culture and holistic self-care. This workshop is offered as a collaboration between The Academy for Teaching Excellence and the Harper Wellness Program.

Conferences & Special Events
Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
CEUs: 0.3
The 7th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas J. Tobin, Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning, Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tom Tobin is an internationally-renowned author and speaker on issues of quality in teaching with technology, including evaluating online teaching, academic integrity, copyright, and accessibility.

This is a virtual conference hosted in Webex.

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Featured Speaker: Dr. Thomas J. Tobin
Assessment Conference and Share Fair
CEUs: 0.35
The 12th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C.

This is a virtual conference hosted in Webex.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Tia Brown McNair
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