Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Fall 2017

Comic Books & Visual Literacy in the College Classroom
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: October 5, 2017 – November 30, 2017
  • Face-to-face meetings: Thursdays, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Brian Cremins, LIB ARTS
  • Details: Have you ever found yourself trying to convey a complex, abstract idea to a group of students only to discover that words have failed you? We’ve all been there before, from English and math to history, nursing, physics, fire science, and every subject in between. In this course, we’ll discuss various strategies to address these issues by introducing visual narratives to the classroom. The medium of comics or graphic novels includes a number of texts—from the historical and literary to the scientific—that hold great promise for faculty and teachers of all disciplines. How might you use visual narratives in your classes to engage students and to enhance their learning experience? Along the way, we’ll read recent studies on visual literacy. We’ll also study a lot of great comics and graphic novels, including a book about the life cycle of a honey bee written and drawn by a biologist; an autobiographical response to quantum physics; a story about the Holocaust told by the son of two survivors; and an account of OCD and depression that offers suggestions on how health professionals might better serve their patients. We may even read a couple of superhero comics for fun as we consider how these visual narratives might refresh our teaching practices and engage our diverse body of students. If you have any questions about the course, please contact Brian Cremins at bcremins@harpercollege.edu.
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  • Fee: No cost.
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Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: September 18, 2017 – November 10, 2017
  • Face-to-face meetings: Thursdays, September 21, September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, October 26, November 9 (no meeting on November 2), 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Pascuala Herrera, ADS and Student Development
  • Details: In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn basic information about the 10 most common visible and invisible disabilities, in order to evaluate a course or program and develop methods that make the learning environment inclusive and welcoming to all students, including students with disabilities. The course will utilize real case studies of current and past Harper students, in order to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment. If you have any questions about the course, please contact Pascuala Herrera at pherrera@harpercollege.edu.
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  • Fee: No cost.
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Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 4, 2017 – September 17, 2017
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Dominique Svarc, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course prepares and supports faculty who are developing an online or blended course in Blackboard for the first time and any faculty who have an interest in exploring best practices in online and blended course design. Faculty will learn about critical components of quality course design, receive an introduction to the OSCQR rubric used at Harper for evaluating online and blended course quality, modify an existing course syllabus for use in an online or blended format, and build one complete course module inside a provided model course shell in Blackboard.
  • Syllabus: TBD
  • Fee: No cost
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Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • Format: Online
  • Dates:
    • Section 1: September 4, 2017 – September 17, 2017
    • Section 2: October 2, 2017 – October 15, 2017
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Dominique Svarc, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course prepares and supports faculty who are teaching an online or blended course in Blackboard for the first time and any faculty who have an interest in exploring best practices in online and blended course facilitation.  Faculty will learn about critical components of effective course management and communication, develop a faculty schedule to aid in the management of their course, and enhance their course and syllabus using tools to encourage faculty-student and student-student interaction.
  • Syllabus: TBD
  • Fee: No cost.
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Summer 2017

Teaching Online Successfully
  • Format: Online (online meeting time will be determined based on a time that is best for all participants)
  • Dates: June 6, 2017 – July 15, 2017
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dominique Svarc, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course prepares and supports faculty who are designing and teaching an online course for the first time. This course will be delivered in an online format with 2 to 3 Blackboard Collaborate sessions in which all students will participate at the same time, online.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Spring 2017

Constructing Difference: Theorizing Race and Ethnicity - An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: March 1, 2017 – April 26, 2017 (Spring Break 3/20-3/26)
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, and April 26, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Durene Wheeler, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Details: Employing the works of sociology, literature, philosophy, critical race studies, critical media studies, ethnic studies, feminist studies, and science studies, this interdisciplinary course seeks to explore and examine the foundational narratives from enlightenment to the present day that have shaped thinking in the West about race, ethnicity, and racial identity. We will examine texts written by those who link race to intellectual aptitude and behavior and look at the ways that understandings of race have shaped laws throughout the world. We will explore scholarship addressing the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, genetics, sexuality, and politics in an effort to understand the influence of White privilege and White Supremacy in the United States. This course is not exclusively about people of African descent, and topics discussed in this course explore varied intellectual interests and perspectives in terms of race and ethnicity.
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Extending the Walls of the Classroom
  • Format: Face-to-face
  • Dates: Fridays, February 24, March 10, March 31, April 21, and May 5, 2017
  • Location: Building Z, Room Z131
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • GECs: 2 for on-campus course; 3 with added Field Seminar component
  • Instructor: David Richmond, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course is aimed at increasing faculty capacity to develop and teach concepts, issues, and materials in the area of Latin America studies. Participants will study global learning outcomes and assessment techniques; review effective study abroad design; acquire new competencies in inter-cultural communication; study the political, economic, social, and natural history of the region; create curriculum projects related to Central America for infusion in their classes; and gain the ability to mentor students based on their field experiences in Central America.
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The History and Philosophy of the Community College
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: February 6, 2017 – April 3, 2017
  • Face-to-face meetings: Monday, February 6, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. and second meeting TBD on or before Monday, April 3, D269
  • GECs: 2
  • Instructor: Robin James, BUS/SS
  • Details: Community colleges play a unique and increasingly crucial role in providing access to higher education for students of varied backgrounds and abilities. This course will cover the socio-historical context in which the American community college movement arose, how the community college mission has evolved, and how community colleges can maintain or expand their mission in the face of present-day technological and economic pressures.
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Introduction to Theories of Pedagogy
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: March 2, 2017 – April 27, 2017 (Spring Break 3/20-3/26)
  • Face-to-face meetings: Thursdays, March 2, March 30, and April 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 2
  • Instructor: Jeannine Lombardi, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course is designed to help the faculty participant develop a personal pedagogical theory and practice. We will achieve this through reading, reflection, and discussion. Students will study pedagogical theories that range from Socrates to recent research on culturally responsive pedagogy, the neuroscience of learning, and cooperative learning.
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Fall 2016

Constructing Difference: Let’s Talk About Gender, Sex, and Society
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: October 5, 2016 – November 30, 2016
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, and November 30, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Durene Wheeler, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Details: This course seeks to investigate theories of gender and sexuality in a variety of historical, social, educational and cultural contexts. We will explore the societal implications of gender, sexuality and their relation to the development of identity and difference. We will critically assess societal representations of gender roles and stereotypes in an effort to understand implications of equity and equality. The central aim of this course is to foster critical reading, thinking and practices about gender and sexuality as it relates to power, inequality, education, and pedagogy.
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Teaching Online Successfully
  • Format: Online (online meeting time will be determined based on a time that is best for all participants)
  • Dates:
    • Section 1: September 12, 2016 – October 21, 2016
    • Section 2: October 24, 2016 – December 2, 2016
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dominique Svarc, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course prepares and supports faculty who are designing and teaching an online course for the first time. This course will be delivered in an online format with 2 to 3 Blackboard Collaborate sessions in which all students will participate at the same time, online.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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For questions and more information about GECs, please contact the Academy at academy@harpercollege.edu.

Upcoming Events

  1. Fall 2017 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week

    August 14 - August 19
  2. Blackboard Bootcamp

    August 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. New Adjunct Faculty Orientation

    August 14 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Phone: 847.925.6174
Email: academy@harpercollege.edu
Location: Building D, Room D281
Hours: Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.