Workshops & Webinars

The Academy for Teaching Excellence provides professional development opportunities, programs, and workshops for faculty every semester. Below are descriptions for upcoming workshops and webinars. Scroll to the bottom of the page for archives with links to past workshops and webinars.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,

Spring 2019

Sustaining the Professional Self for Deep Work

Do you ever feel like you are dividing your attention among many competing needs without generating much satisfaction? Have you grown weary of feeling like you aren’t really accomplishing anything substantive? 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. Learn more.

  • Facilitator: Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Thursday, February 14, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Friday, February 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • CEUs: 0.1

Uploading a Video to YouTube and Posting to Blackboard

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.

  • Facilitator: Karen Herold, Instructional Technology Assistant
  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Tuesday, February 19, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Friday, February 22, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F319
  • CEUs: 0.2

Canva: A Graphic Design Tool for the Rest of Us!

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!

  • Facilitator: Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist
  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Tuesday, March 5, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F319
  • CEUs: 0.2

Spark Creativity into Your Assessments

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.

  • Facilitator: Chris Dobson, Curriculum Content Graphic Illustrator
  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Wednesday, April 3, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F319
  • CEUs: 0.2

Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education Edition

Would you like to learn how you can support Harper’s culture of care? Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education is a standardized eight-hour training designed to teach lay persons a supportive destigmatizing skill set. You will learn to identify and de-escalate a person in distress, and connect that person with professional help, including campus resources. Learning the skill set is similar to learning CPR. The training is enjoyable, interactive, and designed around the types of situations encountered in colleges and universities. This training is an investment in making a difference on and off campus. Learn how to put your compassion into action.

  • Facilitator: Charla Waxman, Director of Prevention Services, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services
  • Date: Friday, April 5 and Friday, April 12
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Building D, Room D178
  • CEUs: 0.8 (must complete both sessions)

Improving the Organization of Your Online Course

The are many ways to organize content in your online course, such as by module, folder, or week. In this workshop you will 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.

  • Facilitator: Karen Herold, Instructional Technology Assistant
  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Tuesday, April 9, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Friday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F319
  • CEUs: 0.2

SAFEzone Training

A SAFEzone is a confidential place (or person) where all people can bring their authentic selves and feel safe, welcomed, and included. The SAFEzone Training at Harper College aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals to address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQIA+, inclusive of gender identity and gender expression, peers, family members, friends, coworkers, and for themselves. At the completion of the training, each attendee will receive a certificate with a SAFEzone ally logo that identifies you as a trained advocate. You will also receive exclusive Harper branding SAFEzone pins and a magnet. Refreshments will be served.

  • Facilitator: SAFE @ Harper Employee Resource Group
  • Date: Thursday, April 11
  • Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Building H, Room H230


Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program Informational Webinar

The Academy is hosting an informational webinar about the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program that will walk through an overview of the program, the application process and timeline, and ePortfolio rubric components. We suggest attending this webinar to learn more about the program and ask questions. No registration or software download is necessary. Use the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link below to log-in to the webinar. For the best experience, please use Google Chrome or Firefox (version 49+) on a desktop or laptop. A recording of the webinar will be posted for those who are unable to attend the live session.

  • Facilitator: Academy for Teaching Excellence
  • Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.

Emerging Trends & Technologies in Higher Education

As part of Tech Week 2019, guest presenters Dr. Vickie Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, and Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, at the University of Illinois Springfield, discuss trends and technologies impacting our work and our students in 2019. Learn about tips and trends for staying relevant in changing instructional environments and engaging students and supporting their learning for jobs that may not even exist today. Join members of the Tech Week planning committee Dave Broucek, Technical Manager, Client Systems, and Chris Dobson, Curriculum Content Graphic Illustrator, Academy, in a live simulcast of this presentation, or use the link provided below to join the session remotely. Learn more.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Vickie Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, and Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Watch: (session opens 15 minutes before scheduled start time)

Conferences & Special Events

9th Annual Tech Expo

Join your fellow Harper employees at the 9th Annual Tech Expo and visit more than 20 stations where faculty and staff will share new technologies for better working, better teaching, and better living. Drop in anytime during this 2-hour event! Learn more.

  • Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F317

Faculty Retreat: Relevant and Responsive Teaching Across Disciplines

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. Friday, Harper faculty presenters from each discipline-area will share approaches that have worked well for students throughout the years as well as ways they have evolved to adapt to students’ ever-changing needs. Friday evening will include team trivia, talent night, and an optional overnight stay. Saturday, faculty will join their discipline areas to synthesize a list of competencies for teaching in their area based on ideas from Friday’s presentations and create a plan for professional development that would best support these traits and, in turn, their students. Each group will then determine a way to creatively share their list of competencies and their professional development plan in a brief presentation. Learn more.

  • Dates: March 15-16, 2019
  • Location: Q Center, St. Charles
  • CEUs: 0.4 (Friday) and 0.5 (Saturday)
  • Cost: The retreat will be fully funded; no individual professional development funds will be required.
  • Register by February 15 (no late registrations accepted)

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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.

Academy for Teaching Excellence Workshop Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, the Academy for Teaching Excellence may have to cancel a workshop due to circumstances beyond our control. With the exception of instructor illness and inclement weather, the decision to cancel a workshop will be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop. In the event of a cancellation, the Academy will make every effort to notify registered participants via their Harper College email account. If you have a concern about a workshop you have registered for being cancelled, please contact or call 847.925.6174.