Online Courses

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The convenience of online education is driving a major growth market today and helping professionals enrich their skill sets and prepare for new or upgraded jobs.

Harper Continuing Education offers many online courses to make learning more convenient for busy people. If you have an email address and reliable internet access, you're ready to get started learning online.

LERNMany of our online courses, listed below, derive from our longstanding partnership with LERN, the Learning Resource Center, which provides courses and certificates in high-demand fields such as business management, data analysis, digital marketing, social media, law office management, professional sales, customer service, healthcare, and even in how to develop and deliver online and blended instruction yourself!

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See What Our Students Are Saying About Online Courses

When I first signed up for the Data Analysis certificate, I was concerned I would be able to keep up with the class, as I had not taken statistics courses in college. But most of the other students were like me, we had some financial experience, but that was it. Our instructors for all three sections were incredibly patient, and readily offered advice. I had a wonderful experience with this program. My only regret is that it didn’t last long enough! I have recommended this program to several of my peers and have looked into more expanded credit courses in statistics and analytics! Nancy

Taking the online course in digital marketing was a great experience made even better by the chance to interact with students from across the USA. The assignments felt manageable and were designed to help me apply what I was learning directly to my own organization and projects. Mike

Harper College online courses fit my schedule well. I work and have young kids that are on the go. The online learning system is intuitive and the teachers are helpful, patient, and encouraging. I recommend taking LERN Classes through Harper College Continuing Education! Sarah

I earned the online Customer Service Certificate. The course has really helped in achieving my department’s goal to provide excellent, consistent customer service and increase our customer satisfaction and retention. Shirley

I took two Harper CE online courses, Dementia for Family Caregivers and the Supervisory and Leadership Certificate program. Both gave me valuable information I was able to incorporate into my personal and professional life. They were taught by knowledgeable instructors with excellent communication and presentation skills, and they did an excellent job in getting the information across in an online class format. The assignments were relevant to applying the more theoretical information, and I felt the time required to complete the courses was well worth the commitment. I recommend Harper CE online courses to other students. Ann


Accounting and Finance

Business Law

Customer Service


Data Analysis

Game Design

Language Skills



Microsoft Office


Personal Finances

Presentation Skills

Project Management


Six Sigma

Technical Skills

Training & Education

Web Design



Register for 100% online courses here, by phone, or in person. Call 847.925.6300 or visit Registration in the Wojcik Conference Center, Building W, Harper College main campus during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Online courses may last a few weeks or several months. See specific details for each course.
  • Assessments, quizzes, completion projects and final exams vary with each course.
  • Instructor interactions and feedback are generally conducted via email.
  • Self-study courses engage students together in interactive learning activities. Participation in online discussions in important.

All online courses are instructor-led workshops taught online using a variety of delivery platforms. You will always have a means of communicating with your instructor through email, chat rooms, forums or message boards. Assignments are structured to be outcome-based. This means that every assignment will lead to an expected outcomes to advance your knowledge and expertise. Satisfactory test results on quizzes and completed projects are required of all students.

You control the pace at which you learn the subject within the course framework. Self-assessment quizzes and projects are used to determine how you are progressing through the material. 

Most courses can be completed entirely at home, from registration to course work to exams. However, some courses may require that you attend an introductory session, a final exam, or work on a project at Harper. Details will be provided before your course begins.