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.

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Spring 2021

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Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by January 18 & 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)
Race and Education (register by January 19)
  • Format: Online, with synchronous sessions
  • Dates: February 2, 2021 – March 9, 2021
  • Synchronous Sessions: Tuesdays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. through Zoom
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Pamela Tywman Hoff, Associate Professor, Illinois State University
  • Details: The course, Race and Education, explores the centrality of education in the social construction of race in the U.S. and schooling as one of the primary institutionalizing sites in the production of race as a cultural phenomenon. This course, conceptualized through a critical race theoretical (CRT) lens, is structured by its own set of principles and assumptions that guide the questions raised and course of study. The knowledge claims that ground CRT lay in the self-determining resistance of enslaved Africans. Its epistemological origins are in critical legal studies expanded into educational discourse through the works of Richardo – Delgado Derrick Bell (1990), Gloria Ladson Billings (1998), Joyce King (1991), Sylvia Wynter (1992).
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2021)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by February 1)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: February 15, 2021 – February 28, 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.
  • View Syllabus
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: February 1, 2021)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by March 4)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: March 8, 2021 – March 21, 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: March 4, 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