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Professional Development Credit Offerings Spring 2022
Register now for Spring 2022 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC) and credit workshop (CEU) offerings. All Harper College faculty (full-time and adjunct) can register for any of these opportunities at no cost.

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)
Create: January 31 - February 13
Facilitate: February 21 - March 6
Enhance: April 18 - May 1
There are three course options to choose from based on your needs:
  • Create: you're developing an online or blended course
  • Facilitate: you're teaching an online or blended course
  • Enhance: you're looking for tools & techniques to enhance your online or blended course to encourage student engagement

Registration Deadlines:
Create: January 17
Facilitate: February 7
Enhance: April 4
Discovering Culture Through a Brief History of Cinema (new!)
GECs: 3
February 1 - March 29
Cultural competency is defined as the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one’s own and is developed through experiences. In an age where cultural occurrences could be abundant but currently physically prohibitive, looking at cinema could provide an insight into a culture that one could not experience otherwise. By examining major time periods and seminal works of film history, students will be exposed to a wide variety of world cultures. Cinema is an art form that is a direct reflection of its society and is a rather quick (typically 1.5 to 3 hours) and accessible way to learn about the inner workings of any culture. Students will gain insights not just from understanding the impact of the industry on a country but also the importance of the visual voice of this nation’s minorities.

Instructor: Brian Shelton, Mass Communication

Registration Deadline:
January 18
Evidence-Based Teaching Practices Across Disciplines
GECs: 3
February 16 - April 13
In this course, you will learn the theory behind evidence-based teaching practices, and explore ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBP) across disciplines. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods as well as consider how they may adjust their practices based on research on learning.

Instructor: Mary Twist van Opstal, Chemistry

Evidence Based
Registration Deadline:
February 2
Equity Teaching Academy: Redesign for Equity (new!)
GECs: 3
March 10 - May 5
“Redesign for Equity” is the third course in a series of the inaugural offering of the Equity Teaching Academy. This course prompts faculty to consider institutional and course-level data as they envision ways to redesign aspects of their courses around equity pedagogies.

Participation in the first two courses of the series is not required for registration.

Instructors: Ana Contreras, English and Tiffany Jones, Anthropology

Equity Teaching Academy
Registration Deadline:
February 24
AEMy Is Here to Help! Implementing Equity Practices Using the Applying Equity Matrix (AEMy)
CEUs: 0.1
January 24, 1 p.m.
The Applying Equity Matrix is an interactive tool that allows instructors to review inclusive and equitable classroom practices in six categories: accessibility, belonging, engagement, flexibility, humanization, and transparency. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of each of the six categories, navigate the interactive AEMy tool, and help participants identify small changes they can make to their courses to amplify equity and inclusion.

Practical Ways to Use Google Forms
CEUs: 0.1
February 4, 11 a.m.
Google Forms is a free online tool that is part of Harper’s Google Workspace platform. This easy to use tool can be utilized by faculty to engage students and evaluate their learning.

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Google Forms, along with practical ideas for use in your course.

google forms
Using GoReact to Create Video Assignments in Blackboard
CEUs: 0.15
February 23, 3 p.m.
February 24, 3 p.m.
And On-Demand
GoReact is a tool that allows students to record or upload videos right into Blackboard, which you can then watch and give time-stamped text, audio, or video feedback. This is a fantastic tool for video/audio responses to prompts, student/group presentations, language/pronunciation practice, skills demonstration, and more. In this workshop, you will hear about a variety of ways Harper faculty are already using GoReact, and will learn how to easily set up, collect and grade GoReact assignments within Blackboard. At the end of the workshop, you will get to try setting up, reviewing, and grading an assignment in a practice Blackboard shell.

GoReact Blackboard
Easy Tools for Student Engagement
CEUs: 0.15
March 11, 10 a.m.
In this fast-paced workshop, you will discover three easy-to-use tools that are available at Harper to add some new engagement opportunities into your courses.

Join us and get started with using Webex’s Slido, Google Jamboard, and Google Chat.

Become an Ally Advocate: Improve the Accessibility of Course Materials with Ally for Blackboard
CEUs: 1.0
Ally is a tool in Blackboard that provides easy to follow guidance on how to correct accessibility issues within your course. Ally also gives students the ability to download course content in a format that meets their needs. In just the first week of classes for the Fall 2021 semester, students downloaded 2,735 alternative formats in 664 courses!

With the launch of Ally, the Academy has introduced the chance to become an Ally Advocate! Ally Advocates are recognized for their ability to leverage the Blackboard Ally tool to improve the accessibility, quality, and usability of course content for all students. Ally Advocates will be awarded a badge and 1.0 CEUs for completing a chosen pathway in the Ally Checklist. This badge can then be shared through various platforms to show verification of completing training and criteria for course accessibility.

Ally Advocate
Faculty Retreat
2022 Faculty Retreat
April 8
All Harper College faculty (full-time and adjunct) are invited to the 2022 Faculty Retreat. The retreat will be held on Friday, April 8. Watch the Academy News for details and registration information. For now, please save the date on your calendar.

faculty retreat
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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