Harper campus in the summer with trees, flowers, and a blue "We Are Harper" banner.Summer 2021 course shells are available in Blackboard. Here are important resources to help you as you prepare for the semester:

Blackboard Course Template Summer 2021

The Academy has created a Blackboard Course Template to help faculty in the building of their Summer 2021 semester. Using this template is not required; however, it may give you ideas for organizing your course materials, save you time building course structures, and ultimately provide students with a more consistent navigation of your course shell.

Online/Blended Syllabus Template Summer 2021

A “special edition” of the Harper College syllabus template has been created for Summer 2021. This edition contains updates to the Student Support Resources section to reflect what is available to students this summer.

Essential Online Course Features Checklist

As you develop your courses for Summer 2021, consider using this 15-item checklist of the “essentials” of a well-designed and facilitated online or blended course. The checklist also contains links to tutorials, resources, and ideas to help you in your course building and to help implement equity-based strategies to reach all your students.

Quick Guide for Copying One Blackboard Course to Another

If you would like to copy the full course content from a prior course into one of your Summer 2021 shells, you can make the copy on your own at any time. 

Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Guide

With so many options available, how do you decide which web conferencing tool to use? At Harper we support Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, and Microsoft Teams. Choosing a tool supported by the College offers advantages, such as access to the full features of the tool and support for you and your students. To help you decide what to use, the Academy has created a one-page quick guide that compares the top features of each tool.

Online Testing & Alternative Assessments

Administering exams in a fully online class can present challenges around academic integrity, student accommodations, and limits how students show their work. This can lead to test anxiety for both the student and instructor. Luckily there are some options to consider: online exam proctoring and alternative assessments.

Browse additional resources and support on the Teaching Support and Transition to Online Instruction pages on the Academy website.

Questions? Please fill out the Online Instruction Support form and an Academy staff member will follow-up with you.