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.

Spring 2022

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Teaching Online Successfully: Create (register by January 17)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: January 31 – February 13, 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.
  • View Syllabus
  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 17, 2022)
Discovering Culture Through a Brief History of Cinema (register by January 18)
  • Format: Blended. This is a blended course with on-campus meetings every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Building Z, Room Z117.
  • Dates: February 1 – March 29, 2022
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Brian Shelton, Mass Communication
  • Details: Cultural competency is defined as the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one’s own and is developed through experiences. In an age where cultural occurrences could be abundant but currently physically prohibitive, looking at cinema could provide an insight into a culture that one could not experience otherwise. By examining major time periods and seminal works of film history, students will be exposed to a wide variety of world cultures. Cinema is an art form that is a direct reflection of its society and is a rather quick (typically 1.5 to 3 hours) and accessible way to learn about the inner workings of any culture. Students will gain insights not just from understanding the impact of the industry on a country but also the importance of the visual voice of this nation’s minorities.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: January 18, 2022)
Evidence-Based Teaching Practices Across Disciplines (register by February 2)
  • Format: Blended. This is a blended course with 3 on-campus meetings: Wednesday, February 16, March 9, and April 13 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Building F, Room F315.
  • Dates: February 16 – April 13, 2022
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Mary Twist van Opstal, Chemistry
  • Details: In this course, you will learn the theory behind evidence-based teaching practices, and explore ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBP) across disciplines. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods as well as consider how they may adjust their practices based on research on learning.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: February 2, 2022)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate (register by February 7)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: February 21 – March 6, 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: February 7, 2022)
Equity Teaching Academy: Redesign for Equity (register by February 24)
  • Format: Blended/Hyflex. This is a blended, hyflex course with on-campus meetings every Thursday (except for the week of spring break) from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Building F, Room F315. On-campus meetings can be live-streamed if attendees cannot attend in person.
  • Dates: March 10 – May 5, 2022
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructors: Ana Contreras, English and Tiffany Jones, Anthropology
  • Details: “Redesign for Equity” is the third course in a series of the inaugural offering of the Equity Teaching Academy. This course prompts faculty to consider institutional and course-level data as they envision ways to redesign aspects of their courses around equity pedagogies.
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  • Register Now (Registration Deadline: February 24, 2022)
Teaching Online Successfully: Enhance (register by April 4)
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: April 18 – May 1, 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: April 4, 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)