Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

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 Harper College faculty (full-time and adjunct) can register for GEC courses at no cost.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for archives with links to more information about previous course offerings. For questions and more information about GECs, please contact the Academy at academy@harpercollege.edu.

Spring 2021

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Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by March 22)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates:
    • January 25, 2021 – February 7, 2021 (Registration Deadline: January 18, 2021)
    • April 5, 2021 – April 19, 2021 (Registration Deadline: March 22, 2021)
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBA
  • 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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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 18, 2021)

Summer 2021

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Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by May 24)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: June 7, 2021 – June 20, 2021
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBA
  • 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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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: May 24, 2021)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by June 22)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: July 6, 2021 – July 19, 2021
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBA
  • 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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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: June 22, 2021)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by July 6)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: July 19, 2021 – August 1, 2021 
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBA
  • 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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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: July 6, 2021)

Fall 2021

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Exploring Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Community College Classroom in the U.S. Socio-Political Context (register by August 9)
  • Format: Online, Asynchronous
  • Dates: August 23, 2021 – October 3, 2021
  • Synchronous Sessions: Tuesdays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. through Zoom
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Jason Altmann, Director, Access and Disability Services and Alina Pajtek, Professor, ESL/LNG
  • Details: This course deals with language oppression, systematic oppression, and the effect of the socio-political context on language; therefore, creating a safe space is an important aspect to this course. To this end, we are going to identify tools of language oppression through a social justice lens. This is critical in understanding the impact of the socio-political context on language, culture, and identity, and in creating a critical thinking pedagogy dialogue framework. This course explores the relationship between language, culture, and the socio-political context and their relevance to the community college students. This course focuses on culture and belonging, language and identity, illiteracy in the USA, “non-standard” Englishes, bilingualism/ multilingualism, and communication between cultures through the lens of respect and social justice framework.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: August 9, 2021)

GEC Archives

Previous course offerings are organized by semester below. Click on the title to view details and more information.

  • Teaching Online Successfully
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • The Reflective Educator (Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program GEC)
  • The Reflective Educator (Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program GEC)