Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Fall 2020

Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by October 26)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates:
    • September 14, 2020 – September 27, 2020 (Registration Deadline: August 31, 2020)
    • November 9, 2020 – November 22, 2020 (Registration Deadline: October 26, 2020)
  • 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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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: October 26, 2020)
Understanding and Rethinking Anti-Racism and Resistance (register by October 30)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: November 3, 2020 – December 8, 2020
  • Synchronous Sessions: Tuesdays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Blackboard Collaborate
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Joseph Flynn, Associate Director, Center for Black Studies at NIU
  • Details: This course is based on the book White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice. The book explores the challenges of learning to understand systemic and institutional racism. White Fatigue refers to the idea of White folks who believe racism is wrong but seem to get frustrated with learning about racism because of its complexity. The book explores ideas ranging from what is racism and its forms, resistance, privilege, racial identity development, race and politics, the success and failure of multicultural education, theoretical perspectives on the challenges of learning about racism, racial literacy, and how we can institutionally confront fatigue. Ultimately the text encourages us to rethink the ways we talk about racism as a matter of social justice.
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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: October 30, 2020)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by November 17)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates:
    • October 5, 2020 – October 18, 2020 (Registration Deadline: August 31, 2020)
    • November 30, 2020 – December 13, 2020 (Registration Deadline: November 17, 2020)
  • 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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  • Fee: No cost
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: November 17, 2020)

Spring 2021

Exploring Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Community College Classroom in the U.S. Socio-Political Context (register by March 15)
  • Format: Online, Asynchronous
  • Dates: March 29, 2021 – May 9, 2021
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructors: Alina Pajtek, English as a Second Language and Elke Weinbrenner, World Languages
  • 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.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021)
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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

Summer 2017
  • Teaching Online Successfully
Summer 2018
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
Summer 2019