Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Spring 2020

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Equity Pedagogies and Practices (register by March 23)
  • Format: Blended
  • Dates: March 30, 2020 – May 4, 2020
  • Face-to-face meetings: Mondays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 4, Building F, Room F315 (all on-campus sessions will be converted to online, synchronous instruction during any time Harper is in off-campus, flexible learning mode)
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Joseph Flynn, Associate Director, Center for Black Studies at NIU
  • Details: This hands-on application course is designed for participants to create materials and design experiences to foster transparent and inclusive environments and experiences for all students. Exploration sessions will provide instruction, models, and discussion of the approaches necessary to foster equitably engaging and enriching learning experiences and environments. Practitioners will then participate in guided work sessions in which they develop materials and tools that promote inclusive spaces, welcoming interactions, responsiveness to students’ needs, development of awareness and self-efficacy, and relevance to students’ lives.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: March 23, 2020)

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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 (all on-campus sessions will be converted to online, synchronous instruction during any time Harper is in off-campus, flexible learning mode)
  • 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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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)
Practicum in Action Research
  • Format: Blended
  • Dates: February 7, 2020 – May 1, 2020
  • Face-to-face meetings: Fridays, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., February 7, March 6, and April 24, Building F, Room F315 (all on-campus sessions will be converted to online, synchronous instruction during any time Harper is in off-campus, flexible learning mode)
  • GECs: 2
  • Instructor: Joyce Wisniewski, ESL and Linguistics
  • Details: In this course students will put into practice the research paradigms and methodologies in action research learned in the GEC “Introduction to Action Research for Scholarship” and/or the GEC “Action Research for Innovation.” Students will have the opportunity to extend their research project from the previous class or begin a new project, resulting in further data collection and evaluation leading to a more credible, reliable, and valid conclusion than their previous mini-project. The goal of this course is to support and enhance the process of successfully completing a more in-depth classroom action research project than previously implemented.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 24, 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.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: February 3, 2020)
Evidence-Based Teaching
  • Format: Blended
  • Dates: March 4, 2020 – April 29, 2020
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., March 4, April 1, and April 29, Building F, Room F315 (all on-campus sessions will be converted to online, synchronous instruction during any time Harper is in off-campus, flexible learning mode)
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Mary Twist van Opstal, Chemistry
  • Details: Explore ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBP) for college teaching. Strategies specific to college teaching that could be utilized across the curriculum will be examined. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods as well as consider how they may adjust their practices based on research on learning.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: February 19, 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.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: March 16, 2020)

Summer 2020

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Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by May 25)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: June 8, 2020 – June 21, 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.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by June 22)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: July 6, 2020 – July 19, 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.
  • View Syllabus
  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: June 22, 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.

GEC Archives

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Summer 2018
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Summer 2019