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 2021

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Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by September 20)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 4 – October 17, 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: September 20, 2021)
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities (register by September 27)
  • Format: Online, Asynchronous
  • Dates: October 11 – December 3, 2021
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Pascuala Herrera, M. Ed, Harper Emeritus
  • 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 past Harper students, to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment. The pandemic added additional challenges that will be discussed in this course.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: September 27, 2021)
Equity Teaching Academy: Reflect on Equity (register by October 5)
  • Format: Blended, Hyflex. This is a blended, hyflex course with online live meetings every Thursday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with an on campus session every other week; participants will have an option to live stream the on campus sessions from a remote location if desired.
  • Dates: October 19 – November 23, 2021
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Joseph Flynn, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies, Northern Illinois University
  • Details: “Reflect on Equity” is the second course in a series of the inaugural offering of the Equity Teaching Academy. This course guides faculty through experiences for deep reflection on their course design and facilitation. The course is taught by a lead faculty member from the College of Education at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Joseph Flynn, and assisted by a facilitation team of Harper faculty who helped to refine the curriculum.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: October 5, 2021)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by October 11)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 25 – November 7, 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: October 11, 2021)

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Exploring Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Community College Classroom in the U.S. Socio-Political Context (register by August 19)
  • Format: Online, Asynchronous
  • Dates: August 23 – October 3, 2021
  • 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 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 a social justice framework.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: August 19, 2021)
Equity Teaching Academy: Examine for Equity (register by August 25)
  • Format: Online, Synchronous. Online live sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Dates: August 31 – October 5, 2021
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Pamela Twyman Hoff, Professor of Educational Administration and Foundations, Illinois State University
  • Details: “Examine for Equity” is the first course in a series of the inaugural offering of the Equity Teaching Academy. 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.
  • View Syllabus
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: August 25, 2021)
Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by September 9)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 13 – September 26, 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: September 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)