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Professional Development Credit Offerings Spring 2020
Register now for Spring 2020 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 the Academy.
Graduate Equivalency Courses
Equity Pedagogies and Practices
GECs: 3
Format: Blended

This hands-on application course is designed for participants to create materials and design experiences to foster transparent and inclusive environments and experiences for all students. Exploration sessions will 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.
Registration Deadline: March 16
Evidence-Based Teaching
GECs: 3
Format: Blended

Explore ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBP) for college teaching. Strategies specific to college teaching that could be utilized across the curriculum will be examined. 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 research on learning.
Registration Deadline: February 19
Practicum in Action Research
GECs: 2
Format: Blended

In this course students will put into practice the research paradigms and methodologies in action research learned in the GEC "Introduction to Action Research for Scholarship" and/or the GEC "Action Research for Innovation." Students will have the opportunity to extend their research project from the previous class or begin a new project, resulting in further data collection and evaluation leading to a more credible, reliable, and valid conclusion than their previous mini-project. The goal of this course is to support and enhance the process of successfully completing a more in-depth classroom action research project than previously implemented.
Registration Deadline: January 24
Teaching Online Successfully
GECs: 1 (per course)
Format: Online

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.
Registration Deadlines:
´╗┐Facilitate: January 13
Create: February 3
Enhance: March 16
Extending the Walls of the Classroom: Infusing South Asia into Harper College
GECs: 2
Format: Blended

As it prepares to transition to Asia as its next Global Region of Focus for the academic years 2020-2023, the Office of International Education is offering its third Faculty International GEC and International Field Seminar. Participants will study global learning outcomes and assessment techniques, review effective study abroad design, acquire new competencies in inter-cultural communication, create curriculum projects for infusion upon their return, and gain the ability to mentor students based on their field experiences in South Asia.
(registration closed)
Lunch & Learn with the 20-Minute Mentor
CEUs: 0.1 (per workshop)

The Academy is partnering with Harper faculty to showcase a few of the 20-Minute Mentor videos offered by Magna Publications for our new Lunch & Learn series. Each 1-hour session will provide an opportunity for attendees to watch one of the 20-minute 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. Lunch will be provided at each session, so register early for one or more sessions and come hungry!
TILT Kick-Off Workshop: Using a Transparent Framework to Remove Barriers to Student Success
CEUs: 0.2

Interested in learning about the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework in advance of the Faculty Retreat? Join us for an interactive workshop featuring a webinar with the lead researcher, Dr. Mary Ann Winkelmes, in which she will share the research and overview the concepts behind TILT to get us started. Dr. Winkelmes will be live-streamed so that multiple Illinois community colleges can participate simultaneously in this unique learning experience.
Registration Deadline: January 13
Adversity, Trauma, and Microaggressions: Learn to Boost Your Students' (and Your!) Emotional and Cognitive Bandwidth
CEUs: 0.3

Several national studies reveal that the majority of college students (66%) have exposure to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and exposure to at least one major traumatic event (89%). Increasingly, students report struggles with anxiety (61%) and depression (41%). What is more, these students are more likely to also experience bandwidth zappers: identity-based macroaggressions, poverty, food or housing insecurity-all of which severely diminish students' cognitive resources for learning. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to examine their encounters with students (whether in person or via teaching materials) in order to maximize "bandwidth boosters" for student success.
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Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
CEUs: 0.5

We all have blind spots in our work. For instructors, one way to shed light on these blind spots is to invite a colleague into our classroom for a collaborative peer observation. This non-evaluative, non-judgmental approach creates shared ownership of the challenges we face as practitioners. The use of a structured protocol for observing instructor actions, student actions, and instructor/student interactions serves to hold up a mirror so that we can see our teaching in a different light and have autonomy in making changes that align with our values.
Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF)
CEUs: 0.4

Small group instructional feedback (SGIF) has arrived at Harper, and faculty and students are recommending that YOU try it! This 3-minute video gives an overview of what SGIF is and how it can help you and your students.

Pioneered at the University of Washing, 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. In SGIF, a faculty peer conducts a 30-minute sessions in your classroom in which they ask your students to respond individually, in small groups, and as a whole class, to four questions about your course: 1) What helps your learning? 2) What hinders your learning? 3) What can the instructor do to improve your learning? and 4) What can you do to improve your learning? The faculty peer provides you with a confidential, written report shortly following the feedback session, allowing you and your students an opportunity to make positive changes.
Choosing Technology Without Losing Your Mind
CEUs: 0.15

In the ever-expanding EdTech market, how do you choose from all of the cool, new tools without feeling overwhelmed? This session will focus on the thoughtful application of easy-to-use tech tools that can be used to complement your teaching practice and increase student engagement. You will leave this session with an idea of practical tools and ideas that can be implemented in time for your next lesson or activity.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Your Online Meeting Space
CEUs: 0.2

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool designed specifically for education. With its comprehensive tools and capabilities, you can engage in a virtual classroom as if it were face-to-face. Faculty and students meet in an online space using features such as video and/or audio chat, whiteboard, slideshow, and screen sharing. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is accessible from a desktop, laptop, and iOS/Android phones and tablets. In this workshop you will get an opportunity to explore the tool and see how you can use it in your classroom.
Faculty Retreat
Faculty Retreat 2020
Full TILT: Transparency in Learning and Teaching to Increase Student, Faculty, and Institutional Success
CEUs: 0.4 (Fri); 0.8 (Fri & Sat)

Join us at the Faculty Retreat in March when Angela Rasmussen from Spokane Community College will guide us through the research, principles, and applications of TILT-ing our work. Our efforts to increase transparency from the course to institutional level can demystify the college experience to provide underserved students with more equitable engagement. These evidence-based strategies will make clear the value of course content and support positive outcome expectancies. Approaching our work through TILT-ed lenses can also enhance communications, meetings, and initiatives to streamline and enrich our collaborative efforts across campus. Faculty examples of "TILT-ed" materials for teaching and work with colleagues will be shared, and participants will generate ideas for how they can TILT their work.
Registration Deadline: January 24
Save the Date
  • February 18 - February 21: Tech Week
  • February 18, 2 p.m.: Tech Expo
  • February 27, 8 a.m.: Strategic Planning Conference
  • May 1, 12 p.m.: Community of Practice Share-ousel
  • May 27 - May 29: Course Redesign Summer Luau
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