Submitted by Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair, English & Interdisciplinary Studies

Teaching remotely can be a very isolating experience, but we have many communities that you can join virtually to share in your joys and struggles as an educator.

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If you are looking to connect with other faculty, please consider joining:

Yammer, an online platform set up like social media where faculty can join communities related to topics such as Online Instruction; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Wellness. Yammer is a Microsoft Office app, so you will find it along with the other programs you use in Office 365. Subscribe to forums in order to receive posts in your Harper email, download the Yammer app to your phone, or occasionally log into Yammer to read over posts. Watch this video for a quick overview on how to use Yammer (this video focuses on the Online Instruction Forum, but will help you get acquainted with Yammer).

Communities of Practice, a program that supports a group of faculty that come together around a shared interest. Groups typically meet every 3-4 weeks and complete an annual plan in which they investigate a topic related to teaching and learning and implement related strategies in their practice, ultimately sharing out what they learned with the larger community. If you are looking to find a Community of Practice, check out our Join or Start a Community of Practice webpage to see a list of groups that are seeking new members or how to start a new CoP.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at