Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Fall 2020

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Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by August 31)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 14, 2020 – September 27, 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: August 31, 2020)
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities (register by September 3)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 17, 2020 – November 5, 2020
  • Synchronous Sessions: Thursday, November 5 in Blackboard Collaborate (time TBD)
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor:Pascuala Herrera, Harper retiree from ADS and Student Development
  • 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 current and past Harper students, in order to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: September 3, 2020)
Equity Pedagogies and Practices (register by September 9)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: September 23, 2020 – October 28, 2020
  • Synchronous Sessions: Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Blackboard Collaborate
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Shanté Holley, English and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Details: This interactive application course is designed for participants to create materials and design experiences to foster transparent and inclusive environments and experiences for all students. The course will also 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: September 9, 2020)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by September 21)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 5, 2020 – October 18, 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: September 21, 2020)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by October 12)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: October 26, 2020 – November 8, 2020
  • GECs: 1
  • Instructor: TBA
  • Details: This two-week, online 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: October 12, 2020)
Understanding and Rethinking Anti-Racism and Resistance (register by October 20)
  • 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 20, 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

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