Intro to Wolfram's Computable Document Format (CDF)

Please join us for an afternoon presentation by Math professor David Clydesdale. Dave attended the AMATYC Conference last year with an Instructional Technology Committee mini-grant and looks forward to sharing details regarding a free software product that may be of interest to others:

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 1st, 2012

TIME: 3:30 – 4:15PM


TITLE: An Introduction to Wolfram’s Computable Document Format (CDF) Free Software Product

PRESENTER: David Clydesdale of the Harper Math Department

DESCRIPTION: Drop by the CII Lab (F124) on Thursday afternoon for a brief introduction/demonstration of the free Wolfram Computable Document Format (CDF) Software Product ( Wolfram’s CDF product enables easy creation and deployment of interactive documents that can be used in a variety of courses. Just bring your questions and your curiosity along to the session.

SPONSORED by: The Instructional Technology Committee

Registration/RSVP: Not required

IAECT 2012 Conference

The Illinois Association for Educational Communications and Technology (IAECT) 2012 conference will be October 26 at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Malcolm X College (MXC).  The theme is

“Emerging technologies and practices that enhance teaching and learning in the 21st Century”

This year’s featured keynote speaker is Dr. Ana Donaldson. She is the current AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) president. She retired in 2009 as an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology from the University of Northern Iowa. Besides her years of classroom and online experience; she is a published author, keynote speaker and international presenter. She co-authored with Rita-Marie Conrad: Engaging the Online Learner:  Activities for Creative Instruction (2004 & 2011) and the newly released Continuing to Engage the Online Learner: More Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (2012).  Ana is also a past member of IAECT from her graduate student days at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where she is a graduate of the NIU ETRA doctoral program.

IAECT is celebrating almost sixty years of service this year. IAECT expects this conference to continue the open dialogue between educational technologists and instructional technology specialists across many areas of service. Conference threads will feature combined keynote speakers, poster sessions, student and practitioner presentations, and workshop presentations. This year’s conference will address the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning in a world that is interconnected--culturally, demographically, economically, environmentally, electronically, etc.

The conference site is available at:

Registration is at: 

Teaching Science Online Conference

Parkland Community College, in Champaign, Illinois is hosting another conference this November on teaching science online. This year's title is "Designing and Improving an Effective Online Science Course." The conference will be November 1-2. The conference website is:

The call for proposals is still open if you would like to present. The Call for Proposals & Registration information are at the website under “Current Conference.” For more information, contact Brett Coup at 217-353-2639 or

CII October Certificate Series: Library Resources

CII has started a new Certificate Series for all full-time and adjunct faculty.  The workshops included in this year-long series support student success, and take a deeper dive into a specific topic each month.  The month of October focuses on creating a dream course using the vast array of electronic print and streaming media database resources held by the Harper College Library.

CII has partnered with  Library faculty to schedule some great sessions for the month of October.  Below, is a list of the offerings.

Take any 3 separate workshop topics in Octobers's Certificate Series to earn a Certificate of Completion for October.

  • Pouring the Foundation: The Importance of Solid Information Literacy Skills
    CRN 20870 (Oct 2 - 11-Noon) OR CRN 20871 (Oct 4 - 4-5pm)

  • Building the Frame: Building a Collection that Supports Your Curriculum and Coursework
    CRN 20872 (Oct 9 - 11-Noon)OR CRN 20873 (Oct 11 - 4-5pm)

  • Insulate and Enclose: Use e-resources to Make Your Class Attractive and Efficient
    CRN 20875 (Oct 16 - 11-Noon) OR CRN 20876 (Oct 18 - 4-5pm)

  • Final Inspection/Passing Inspections: Assessing Your Efforts and Making Necessary Changes
    CRN 20877 (Oct 23 - 11-Noon) OR CRN 20878 (Oct 25 - 4-5pm)
  • Please also watch for weekly notices about these offerings from Lauren Salotti.

    ICCFA 2012 Teaching and Learning Excellence Conference

    Registration is now open for the Illinois Community College Faculty Association 2012 Teaching and Learning Excellence Conference. The conference will be held October 25 and 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.

    Registration includes five Thursday evening Round Table Discussions with appetizers provided and over 20 sessions from which to attend on Friday; as well as Friday breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Session topics include e-textbooks, student retention, learning communities, online teaching, and more. Keynote speaker will be Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accounting. Mr. Martire will address the issue of pension reform.
    A draft version of the Program is available at Teaching & Learning Conference Program/Draft.

    Register for the conference on or before October 17th to receive the $100 conference rate.

    Room reservations must be made on or before October 4, 2012, to ensure you receive the conference room rate of $70.
    Use the conference code: ICC.

    Brown Bag Session:
    Community College Completion Agenda

    Terry O’Banion, President Emeritus, League for Innovation in the Community College, has been a leader in community college education for several decades. Marianne Farinas de Leon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Academic Success, attended the Innovations 2012 Conference in March where O’Banion was a keynote speaker and she had the good fortune to engage one-on-one with him. A brown bag session will be held on 9/26/12 at 12:30 p.m. in F-124. Marianne will share O’Banion’s perspective of the six main principles of a successful community college completion agenda.

    Technology Grants Available

    Harper College full-time faculty are invited to submit an application for a Technology Grant. Technology Grants are available for discipline-specific, technology-related professional development projects as well as for information gathering as to how to utilize technology as a tool in the teaching and learning process, such as attending related conferences or taking related courses.

    Here's a quick list of conferences related to teaching, e-learning, and instructional technology that are on the horizon:

    Brown Bag Lunch - Upgrade Your Group Work

    Students learn more when they work together—and even more when that collaboration is enhanced by technology.

    Join Marjorie Allen and Kathleen Reynolds of the ESL/Linguistics Department as they demonstrate three group projects that use technology: audio pen pals, blogs, and discussion boards. Marjorie and Kathleen will model reading, writing, and other language activities, but the projects are also applicable in other disciplines.

    Drop by any time between 12:30 and 1:30 PM to try the group projects in the ESL Language Lab (F342). Feel free to bring your lunch and join us for discussion at the conference table after the demonstration.

    DATE: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
    TIME: 12:30-1:30 PM
    LOCATION: F342 (ESL Language Lab)

    2012 Spring TechFest

    The 2012 Spring TechFest was a fabulous opportunity for faculty to share their ideas and innovations in using technology to enhance teaching and learning. If you missed this year's TechFest several of the presenters have shared their ideas below:

    For information about presentations by our other participants, please contact the faculty member.

    2012 TechFest

    The Spring 2012 TechFest, January 11, 2012, offers an opportunity for faculty to share their ideas and innovations in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

    The presenters and their e-poster session topics are listed below:

    • Cathy McCabe, ESL/Linguistics
      Student Projects using Microsoft Photo Story 3
    • Jennifer Smith, Nursing
      Nursing Informatics Project: An Interactive Electronic Medical Record Tutorial
    • Terry Morris, Computer Information Systems
      Provide Immediate Feedback with an Online Formative Assessment
    • Kim Fournier, Library
      Digital Library Resources for Online Course Design
    • Jennifer Bell & Devin Chambers, Adult Education/GED
      Connecting to Students with Facebook and GoogleVoice
    • Stephen Crow
      Alternative Student Expressions: A video option vs. written paper
    • Andy Geary, Mathematics
      Communicating with JING
    • Dave Braunschweig, Computer Information Systems
      Tablet Friendly Blackboard Course Design
    • Kathleen Reynolds, ESL/Linguistics
      Fill It Up! Using Fillable Forms in Microsoft Word
    • Joe Wachter, Chemistry
      Lecture Capture Podcast Videos using PDF Annotator and Camtasia
    • Sunil Koswatta, Mathematics
      Inline Mathematics Typesetting in Blackboard
    • Pearl Ratunil, English
      Start Texting in Class: Using Smartphone in Classroom Instruction
    • Amy Kammerman, Library
      Google Like You Mean It
    • Sue Bajt, Computer Information Systems
      Wikibooks for Computer Information Systems
    • Mark Healy, Economics
      Screencasts using JING
    • Dominique Svarc, Accounting
      5 Minute Lectures
    • Maggie Geppert, Physics
      Chemistry Lab Craziness: A Physicist in Crisis
    • Karen Chandra, Nursing
      Teaching Innovations: Fostering Students Creativity and Learning
    • Shante Bishop & Stephanie Whalen, Reading
      Module Guides