Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Fall 2019

Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities
  • Format: Blended (online + one on-campus meeting for final presentations)
  • Dates: September 16, 2019 – November 7, 2019
  • Face-to-face meeting: Thursday, November 7, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., F315
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Pascuala Herrera, ADS and Student Development
  • Details: In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn basic information about the ten 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.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: September 2, 2019)
Introduction to Action Research for Scholarship
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 30, 2019 – December 3, 2019
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Pardess Mitchell, Kinesiology & Health Education
  • Details: In this course students explore research paradigms and methodologies by studying their own educational settings and contexts through action research. Students investigate topics that are of interest to them and learn how to retrieve, critique, and summarize published research. They produce and evaluate their own data to understand their classrooms and their students’ achievement, behaviors, and attitudes. Working collaboratively and independently on small projects and assignments, students learn different approaches to data collection and evaluation, considering issues of credibility, reliability, and validity.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: September 16, 2019)
Open Educational Practices
  • Format: Online (with optional on-campus meetings)
  • Dates: September 16, 2019 – November 10, 2019
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dave Braunschweig, Computer Information Systems
  • Details: This course introduces participants to open educational practices. Topics include open educational resources, open content development, accessibility, instructional design, and open pedagogy. Open educational practices are applied throughout the course in a variety of individual and team learning activities.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: September 2, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 2, 2019 – September 15, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Pardess Mitchell, Kinesiology & Health Education
  • 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: August 22, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 23, 2019 – October 6, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Cammy Wayne, Accounting
  • 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: September 9, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 21, 2019 – November 3, 2019
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Cammy Wayne, Accounting
  • 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: October 7, 2019)

Spring 2020

Extending the Walls of the Classroom: Infusing South Asia into Harper College
  • Format: Blended
  • Dates: January 24, 2020 – May 8, 2020
  • Face-to-face meetings: January 24, February 21, March 13, April 17, and May 8
  • GECs: 2
  • Instructors: Bhasker Moorthy, Physical Sciences and Nupur Sharma, Fashion Studies
  • Details: As it prepares to transition to Asia as its next Global Region of Focus for the academic years 2020-2023, the Office of International Education is offering its third Faculty International GEC and International Field Seminar. The on-campus GEC will include five mandatory face-to-face meetings of three hours each and a minimum of two additional excursions and/or interactive programs. As in the case of the previous iterations of the Faculty International GEC, participants will study global learning outcomes and assessment techniques, review effective study abroad design, acquire new competencies in inter-cultural communication, create curriculum projects for infusion upon their return, and gain the ability to mentor students based on their field experiences in South Asia. Faculty who complete the on-campus GEC will be eligible to apply for a Field Seminar GEC that includes an international field experience in South Asia. This seminar is planned for faculty from a variety of disciplines represented on campus. The course is equally suited to faculty who are new to the concept of internationalization and to those who are familiar with the practice.
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  • Apply Now (Application Deadline: November 8, 2019)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: January 27, 2020 – February 9, 2020
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Cammy Wayne, Accounting
  • 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: January 13, 2020)
Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: February 17, 2020 – March 1, 2020
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Pardess Mitchell, Kinesiology & Health Education
  • 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: February 3, 2020)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: March 30, 2020 – April 12, 2020
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: Cammy Wayne, Accounting
  • 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.
  • View Syllabus
  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: March 16, 2020)
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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 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. All faculty can register for GEC courses.

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