Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Spring 2019

Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: January 28, 2019 – February 10, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Pardess Mitchell, Math & Science
  • Details: This two-week, online 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 creation. 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 and orientation module inside a provided model course shell in Blackboard.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 14, 2019)
Engaging Students in Diverse Perspectives
  • Format: Blended
  • Dates: January 30, 2019 – April 14, 2019
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, January 30, February 27, March 13, and Friday, April 5, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., F315
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructors: Faon Grandinetti, Institutional Effectiveness & Outcomes Assessment; Richard Johnson, Liberal Arts; Nellie Khalil, Math & Science
  • Details: In 2016-17, the shared governance Learning Assessment Committee assessed the general education outcome “Examine Diverse Perspectives and Cultures as they relate to the individual, the community, and the global society.” The results of this assessment indicated that students need additional support in order to meet the College’s expectations for this outcome. The Diverse Perspectives and Cultures Work Group developed an Improvement Plan to address this issue. A main component of the Improvement Plan is faculty development in embedding and assessing content related to this outcome in Harper courses. This course is designed to ensure faculty are able to effectively engage students in Diverse Perspectives and Cultures, including in the assessment of student learning related to these concepts.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 16, 2019)
Collaborative Action Research for Innovation
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: February 4, 2019 – April 5, 2019
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Karen F. Tardrew, National Louis University
  • Details: In this course students explore collaborative research methodologies and paradigms by studying their own educational settings and contexts through collaborative action research. Students investigate and co-construct topics that are of shared interest to them and learn how to retrieve, critique, and summarize research. They produce and evaluate their own data to understand their classrooms and their students’ achievement, behaviors, and attitudes. They will co-construct findings that help innovate their teaching, greater community, and professional development.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 21, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: February 18, 2019 – March 3, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Cammy Wayne, Business & Social Science
  • Details: This two-week, online 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.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: February 4, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: April 1, 2019 – April 14, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Cammy Wayne, Business & Social Science
  • Details: This course provides faculty with tools and techniques to enhance their online course in ways that encourage student engagement. Faculty will explore basic screencasting/lecture capture tools and best practices, incorporate web-based tools into their course, use Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor for online exam proctoring, facilitate group work inside of Blackboard, and make online materials accessible for students and compliant with copyright guidelines.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: March 18, 2019)

Summer 2019

Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: June 3, 2019 – June 16, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Details: This two-week, online 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 creation. 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 and orientation module inside a provided model course shell in Blackboard.
  • View Syllabus
  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: May 20, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: July 1, 2019 – July 14, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Details: This two-week, online 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.
  • View Syllabus
  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: June 17, 2019)
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What is a GEC?

A GEC is a graduate-level course on a particular topic or theme at a level of rigor equivalent to a graduate course in an accredited college or university. GECs address teaching and learning issues faced by full-time and adjunct faculty across many disciplines including liberal arts, social sciences, STEM, health and technical careers, counseling and advising. The credits from these courses are included in a faculty member’s application for tenure and promotion as professional development credits. They are also internal credits only and are not transferable to another institution. Full-time faculty and adjunct faculty can register for GEC courses.

For questions and more information about GECs, please contact the Academy at academy@harpercollege.edu.