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.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,

Workshops | Webinars


Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric (online workshop)

The OSCQR (Open SUNY Course Quality Review) rubric supports continuous improvements to the quality and accessibility of distance courses. Participating fully in this workshop meets the requirement to become an official, Harper, peer reviewer. 
Facilitator: Jenny Henrikson, Instructional & Distance Education Design Specialist
Dates Offered: Monday, February 19 – Sunday, March 4
This two-week course is fully online. The Blackboard course shell will open to registrants on February 19.

Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom

To improve course dropout rates, Odessa College sought the common thread between courses with the greatest student success. They uncovered four simple practices that increase connection to students and promotes student success.
Facilitator: Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist
Dates Offered:
Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Writing Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

In this seminar, faculty will learn different teaching strategies designed to assist deaf and hard of hearing students in their writing assignments in a variety of classrooms. While the seminar will be grounded in a history of ASL and deaf culture in the United States, it will also draw on methodologies from writing across the curriculum principles in order to address the needs and challenges of those students for whom ASL is their primary language. The writing strategies introduced in this seminar will also be applicable more broadly to students coming from a number of writing backgrounds. The facilitators listed below have all trained through DeafTEC at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT.
Facilitators: Brian Cremins, English; Jackie Kramp, ADS Program Specialist; Collette Marsch, Physics; Elke Weinbrenner, World Languages
Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Building F, Room F315
CEUs: 0.4

Building ePortfolios in Blackboard

The Blackboard ePortfolio tool is now available for students and faculty at Harper. ePortfolios empower students with tools to effectively present knowledge and artifacts in a cohesive, personalized format.
Karen Herold, Instructional Technology Assistant
Dates Offered:
Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, April 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 17, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Engaging Generation Z in Your Classroom

“Generation Z” has arrived on the Harper campus! Students born after 1995 are a part of this exciting group, which brings unique strengths and challenges to the classroom. Let’s fully engage this new generation. 
Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist
Dates Offered:
Tuesday, April 24, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Recording Studio Demo

The new Academy space is home to two sound-proof recording studios for faculty use. See a demo and learn how you can use this space in your work.
Chris Dobson, Curriculum Content Graphic Illustrator
Dates Offered:
Tuesday, May 1, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Accommodating Diverse Learners

Are you prepared to accommodate diverse learners in your classroom? Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter from Access and Disability Services will assist faculty and staff in answering this question in this webinar. Learn more.
Presenters: Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter, Access and Disability Services
Date: Tuesday, February 13
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (CST)
Please feel free to register even if you cannot view the session live. A recording will be emailed to you to view at any time.


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.