Spring 2021 Registration

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Spring 2021 Semester Update

Due to the resurgence in COVID-19 cases throughout the Chicago area and beyond, we have decided to approach the spring 2021 semester in two halves:

January 19 to March 14: For the first eight weeks of the spring semester, all classes will be taught remotely. No labs will take place on campus.

March 15 to May 21: If public health conditions have improved and we are confident the college can provide a safe environment, a limited number of labs requiring on-campus instruction for degree and certificate completion will be brought back to campus the second eight weeks. Most labs requiring on-campus instruction are in the Career and Technical Programs and Health Careers divisions. View an updated class schedule. Also, please see the Advisory page additional information.

Harper will continue to provide technology loans (laptops, hotspots and calculators), basic needs support, tuition relief and other support services, including a soon-to-launch mental health app to supplement the work of our faculty counselors.

 

To ensure success with online classes, students will need access to computer hardware and software, including a webcam and Wi-Fi service.

Important Dates

November 9-11, 2020 Spring priority registration begins
November 12, 2020 Open registration for Spring 2021 for returning students.
January 19, 2021 16-week classes begin this week
January 25, 2021 Last day to drop for 100% refund for 16 week classes
February 3, 2021 First day of Financial Aid disbursement
February 12, 2021 College closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday
March 18, 2021 College closed for Professional Development day
March 22 - 28, 2021 Spring Break - Classes not in session
April 2, 2021 College closed for Reading Day
April 26, 2021 Last day to withdraw from 16-week classes
May 17-21, 2021 Final Exams week
May 25, 2021 Grades available online
November 9-11, 2020 Spring priority registration begins
November 12, 2020 Open registration for Spring 2021 for returning students.
January 19, 2021 8-week classes begin this week
January 25, 2021 Last day to drop for 100% refund for first 8-week classes
February 3, 2021 First day of Financial Aid disbursement
February 12, 2021 College closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday
March 1, 2021 Last day to withdraw from first 8-week classes
March 14, 2021 First 8-week classes end
November 9-11, 2020 Spring priority registration begins
November 12, 2020 Open registration for Spring 2021 for returning students.
March 15, 2021 Second 8-week classes begin
March 18, 2021 College closed for Professional Development day
March 22, 2021 Last day to drop for 100% refund for second 8-week classes.
March 22 - 28, 2021 Spring Break - Classes not in session
April 2, 2021 College closed for Reading Day
May 3, 2021 Last day to withdraw from second 8-week classes.
May 16, 2021 Second 8-week term ends.
November 9-11, 2020 Spring priority registration begins
November 12, 2020 Open registration for Spring 2021 for returning students.
January 19, 2021 First 13-week classes begin this week.
January 25, 2021 Last day to drop for 100% refund for first 13-week classes.
February 3, 2021 First day of Financial Aid disbursement
February 12, 2021 College closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday
March 18, 2021 College closed for Professional Development day
March 22 - 28, 2021 Spring Break - Classes not in session
April 2, 2021 College closed for Reading Day
April 5, 2021 Last day to withdraw from first 13-week classes.
April 25, 2021 First 13-week classes end.
November 9-11, 2020 Spring priority registration begins
November 12, 2020 Open registration for Spring 2021 for returning students.
February 15, 2021 Second 13-week classes begin this week.
February 22, 2021 Last day to drop for 100% refund for second 13-week classes.
March 18, 2021 College closed for Professional Development day
March 22 - 28, 2021 Spring Break - Classes not in session
April 2, 2021 College closed for Reading Day
May 3, 2021 Last day to withdraw from second 13-week classes.
May 21, 2021 Second 13-week term ends.

Course Formats

A modality is the way a course is delivered. Traditionally, many courses have been delivered in an in-person format. With recent advances in technology, several new online course modalities are available:

Online ANYTIME courses are delivered 100% online, with no required face-to-face sessions or scheduled virtual class times. Classes are taught entirely online following instructor timelines and learning outcomes. Students learn content through videos, and materials posted by the instructor. Interaction takes place through discussion boards and written messages. All assignments are submitted online. Exams and orientations can all be completed virtually in this modality. Instructors may schedule optional synchronous study sessions, as necessary.

Online LIVE courses are delivered 100% online using “real-time” synchronous sessions (specifically scheduled virtual class times for online interaction between the instructor and/or the class). Class meeting times are designated in the schedule. Exams and orientations can all be completed virtually in this modality. Online LIVE classes allow for engagement in a remote classroom such as Zoom, WebEx, or Blackboard Collaborate.

Blended classes consist of both on-campus face-to-face meetings and online instruction. The amount of time spent on campus is less than a traditional face-to-face class and the remaining amount of time for the course is completed in an online asynchronous environment. Instructors may schedule optional synchronous study sessions, as necessary.

Existing safety measures for on-campus labs will continue: no more than 10 people in a classroom, face masks required, social distancing practices in place, and enhanced cleaning of classroom and lab spaces; these measures may change as we learn more about the virus.

See also: What to Expect When You Return to Campus (video)

 

Online ANYTIME (asynchronous)

Online LIVE (synchronous)

Blended

     

On-campus attendance required

No

No

Yes

Real-time scheduled virtual class times between instructor and class

No

Yes

No

     

Access to computer hardware and software (webcam, wi-fi) required

Yes

Yes

Yes

     

All exams and orientations completed virtually  

Yes 

Yes 

No 

     

Technology use expected (Blackboard, WebEx, Zoom)

Yes

Yes

Yes

     

Assignments due on specific dates

Yes

Yes

Yes

     

 

Curbside Services

Technology trouble? If students need technology assistance, they may borrow a Chromebook or graphing calculator for the semester or contact the Student Service Desk for help with devices or software.