Workshops, Webinars, & Conferences

The Academy for Teaching Excellence provides professional development opportunities for faculty every semester. Below are descriptions for upcoming workshops, webinars, conferences, and special events. Scroll to the bottom of the page for archives with links to more information about previous opportunities.

The Academy also offers Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs). Learn more.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,



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From Checklist to Course: Essential Online Course Features Showcase

Developing a course online for the first time can be a daunting task, as can sorting through the tools and resources you need to get started. To help busy faculty get up to speed on the “must-haves” for a quality online course, the Academy developed a 15-item Essential Online Course Features Checklist. The Academy then hosted a webinar on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 that showcased Harper faculty courses that demonstrate these essential course features in action, and provided ideas and suggestions to help “check the boxes” when creating quality online course experiences for students. Considerations for equity pedagogies for each section of the checklist were shared along with a few examples of applications.


Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series

To support the transition to fully online instruction for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses, the Academy hosted a five-part webinar series (April 2-April 16). Watch the recordings, view presentation slides, and learn how to apply for CEUs on the Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series recordings page.

  • Part 1: Laying Out Your Online Course and Providing Quality Content
  • Part 2: Bringing Your Course Activities and Assessments Online
  • Part 3: Providing Feedback and an Organized Gradebook in Your Online Course
  • Part 4: Building Community and Enhancing Communications in the Online Environment
  • Part 5: Supporting Every Student in Your Online Course through Universal Design

CEUs: Complete the corresponding personal action plan for each webinar by August 7, 2020 to receive 0.2 CEUs after attending the webinar or viewing the recording. Those links are available under each webinar on the Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction Webinar Series recordings page.

Getting Ready for Finals: Online Testing and Alternative Assessments

As we approach the end of the spring semester, many faculty are wondering about the best way to deploy or adapt their final exams in a way that allows them to evaluate student learning while being flexible and understanding of the difficult situation that many of our students are in. In some cases, alternative assessments such as student presentations, contextual applications, reflective journals, narrated problem solving, open-book exams with multiple attempts, or capstone projects may be suitable replacements to traditional final exams. In this webinar (hosted on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30, 2020), we shared strategies for developing these comprehensive assessments quickly and communicating expectations to students should you decide to offer an alternative to your traditional final exam. If you still need to administer a traditional final exam, we also shared best practices and tips from the experts for doing so inside of Blackboard in a way that sets students up to perform their best while maintaining academic integrity in both unproctored and proctored environments.


Conferences & Special Events

Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference

Save the date for the 7th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference, featuring keynote speaker, Thomas J. Tobin, Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more.


  • Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Online

12th Annual Assessment Conference

Save the date for the 12th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. Learn more.


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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.