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.

Fall 2022

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Infusing Information Literacy Across the Curriculum (register by August 23)
  • Format: Online. This is an online self-paced course with one HyFlex meeting date on Wednesday, September 14 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in F220, which can be attended either in person or virtually.
  • Dates: September 6 – December 9, 2022
  • GECs: 3
  • Details: Information literacy is one of Harper’s General Education Outcomes and is a critical lifelong skill, particularly in today’s information-saturated world. Often, people see information literacy as “just doing research” or as something that only happens when students do essays, but in fact information literacy is a complex and varied set of skills and dispositions that are taught across the curriculum. This course will help participants learn about information literacy and how it is applied in higher education as well as how to incorporate information literacy more fully into disciplines across the college.
  • Instructor: Jennifer Lau-Bond, Instructor and Coordinator of Library Instruction
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: August 23, 2022)
Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by August 29)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 12 – September 25, 2022
  • GECs: 1
  • Details: This two-week, online course prepares and supports faculty who are developing an online or blended course in Blackboard, 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: August 29, 2022)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by September 19)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 3 – October 16, 2022
  • GECs: 1
  • Details: This two-week, online course prepares and supports faculty who are teaching an online or blended course in Blackboard, 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: September 19, 2022)
Equity Teaching Academy: Examine for Equity (register by October 4)
  • Format: Online and synchronous, with one HyFlex meeting date on Tuesday, October 18 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in F315, which can be attended either in-person or virtually. All other sessions will take place online synchronously on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Dates: October 18 – November 22, 2022
  • GECs: 3
  • Details: “Examine for Equity” is the first course in the Equity Teaching Academy series. This course invites participants to examine their individual and institutional contexts to generate deeper awareness of issues related to educational inequities. The course is taught by a lead faculty member from the College of Education at Illinois State University, Dr. Pamela Twyman Hoff, and assisted by a facilitation team of Harper faculty who helped to refine the curriculum.
  • Instructor: Dr. Pamela Twyman Hoff, Professor of Educational Administration and Foundations, Illinois State University
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: October 4, 2022)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by October 10)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 24 – November 6, 2022
  • GECs: 1
  • 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: October 10, 2022)

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)