Professional Development Credit Offerings Spring 2019
Register now for Spring 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. This is a great opportunity to meet that requirement if you plan to teach your first online/blended course in Summer 2019.

These courses are fully online.

Registration Deadlines:
Create: January 14
Facilitate: February 4
Enhance: March 18
Engaging Students in Diverse Perspectives
GECs: 3
In 2016-17, the shared governance Learning Assessment Committee assessed the general education outcome "Examine Diverse Perspectives and Cultures as they relate to the individual, the community, and the global society." The results of this assessment indicated that students need additional support in order to meet the College's expectations for this outcome. The Diverse Perspectives and Cultures Work Group developed an Improvement Plan to address this issue. This course is designed to ensure faculty are able to effectively engage students in Diverse Perspectives and Cultures, including in the assessment of student learning related to these concepts.

Registration Deadline:
January 16
Collaborative Action Research for Innovation
GECs: 3
In this course students explore collaborative research methodologies and paradigms by studying their own educational settings and contexts through collaborative action research. Students investigate and co-construct topics that are of shared interest to them and learn how to retrieve, critique, and summarize research. They produce and evaluate their own data to understand their classrooms and their students' achievement, behaviors, and attitudes. They will co-construct findings that help innovate their teaching, greater community, and professional development.

This course is fully online.

Registration Deadline:
January 21
STEMBusters: Strategies for STEM Inclusivity
CEUs: 0.3
Have you ever wondered how best to support deaf and hard-of-hearing students in your STEM courses? This workshop will cover different teaching strategies designed to assist those students and provide an opportunity to workshop assignments that encourage engagement and success for students of all backgrounds.

Introduction to POGIL
CEUs: 0.3
POGIL, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, is a student-centered instructional strategy that provides opportunities to teach both content and key process skills at the same time. Learn how POGIL can help restructure your classroom environment and enhance student learning.

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OSCQR Rubric: Distance Course Design Review
CEUs: 1.0
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.

This course is fully online.

The OSCQR Mini-Me Workshops
CEUs: 0.2 (per workshop)
This set of three workshops will focus on just a few OSCQR standards which can be quickly implemented in your distance course(s):
  • Getting Students Started Online
  • Getting Students Communicating & Collaborating Online
  • Inviting Student Feedback
Attend one, two, or all three of the sessions!

oscqr workshop
Sustaining the Professional Self for Deep Work
CEUs: 0.1
Do you ever feel like you are dividing your attention among many competing needs without generating much satisfaction? If so, perhaps you would benefit from an opportunity to explore ways to dedicate your energy to the experiences that will have the most impact on your personal and professional lives and leave you feeling motivated and energized. Join us for a workshop on addressing common stressors busy education professionals face, developing a narrative for celebrating efforts and exercising self-compassion, creating a framework for prioritizing self-care, and carving out time for engaging in deep work.

Uploading a Video to YouTube and Posting to Blackboard
CEUs: 0.2
Learn how to embed videos into your course content within Blackboard. Whether it is through the mashup tool or posting a link directly to your YouTube account, come learn how to enhance your course with video.

Canva: A Graphic Design Tool for the Rest of Us
CEUs: 0.2
Canva is a free, online tool that can allow you to create images, fliers, posters, infographics, and more for use in print or online. Check out this graphic design tool for non-graphic designers!

Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education Edition
CEUs: 0.8
Learn to identify and de-escalate a person in distress, and connect that person with professional help, including campus resources. The training is enjoyable, interactive, and designed around the types of situations encountered in colleges and universities.

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Spark Creativity into Your Assessments
CEUs: 0.2
Want to add some creativity into an assignment? Learn how to utilize Adobe Spark to create engaging student assessments, including creative writing, digital storytelling, and visual communication.

adobe spark
Improving the Organization of Your Online Course
CEUs: 0.2
Learn how to use different techniques to organize your content in a way that is intuitive for your students to navigate and can make your life easier as an instructor. Exemplar courses will be shared from Harper faculty for inspiration.

online course
Faculty Retreat
Relevant and Responsive Teaching Across Disciplines
CEUs: 0.4 (Friday) & 0.5 (Saturday)
The 2019 Faculty Retreat will take place March 15-16 at the Q Center in St. Charles. This year's retreat offers faculty an opportunity to share our collective funds of knowledge and plan for continued growth as we examine the common elements and nuances of relevant and responsive teaching across disciplines.

faculty retreat
Registration Deadline:
February 15
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, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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