The Academy offered an On-Demand Series in Summer 2021 and by request we are offering a series again for Summer 2022. We’ve curated a list of workshops from this past academic year that you may have missed or didn’t have time to attend. The list of workshops is below; click on each toggle for more information. Watch the recordings at your convenience and submit the corresponding action plans by July 22 to receive CEUs. Please watch for bi-weekly emails from the Academy this summer that will highlight each workshop.

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AEMy Is Here To Help! Implementing Equity Practices Using the Applying Equity Matrix (AEMy)

The Applying Equity Matrix is an interactive tool that allows instructors to review inclusive and equitable classroom practices in six categories: accessibility, belonging, engagement, flexibility, humanization, and transparency. In this workshop, we discuss the importance of each of the six categories, navigate the interactive AEMy tool, and help participants identify small changes they can make to their courses to amplify equity and inclusion.


Become an Ally Advocate: Improve the Accessibility of Course Materials With Ally for Blackboard

Ally Advocates are recognized for their ability to leverage the Blackboard Ally tool to improve the accessibility, quality, and usability of course content for all students. Ally Advocates will be awarded a badge and 1.0 CEUs for completing a chosen pathway in the Ally Checklist. This badge can then be shared through various platforms to show verification of completing training and criteria for course accessibility.

If you would like to become an Ally Advocate, here are the steps to get started:

Please direct any questions about becoming an Ally Advocate contact Janet Woods at

Easy Tools for Student Engagement

In this fast-paced workshop, you will discover three easy-to-use tools that are available at Harper to add some new engagement opportunities into your courses. Learn more about and get started with using Webex’s Slido, Google Jamboard, and Google Chat.


Evidence-Based Teaching Across Disciplines

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves the investigation of how students learn with the purpose of exploring practices that lead to a better understanding of your classroom that may lead to significant learning gains. Dr. Mary van Opstal, a founding member of the SoTL Community of Practice (2016), facilitated this workshop. Dr. van Opstal earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in chemical education through studying the impact of guided inquiry approaches on student learning and metacognition.

In this workshop, Dr. van Opstal shared a research guide that helps faculty explore ways to implement and assess evidence-based recommendations to enhance their teaching. A few experiences from faculty from various disciplines who participated in an evidence-based teaching course were shared, and participants had an opportunity to evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods, consider how they may adjust their practices based on research, and/or conduct their own investigations of how students learn in their subject areas. The workshop concludes with sample classroom assessment techniques that faculty can adapt to evaluate the effects of their interventions on student learning.


Using GoReact To Create Video Assignments in Blackboard

GoReact is a tool that allows students to record or upload videos right into Blackboard, which you can then watch and give time-stamped text, audio, or video feedback. This is a fantastic tool for video/audio responses to prompts, student/group presentations, language/pronunciation practice, skills demonstration, and more. In this workshop, you will hear about a variety of ways Harper faculty are already using GoReact, and will learn how to easily set up, collect, and grade GoReact assignments within Blackboard.


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