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How Does Online Learning Work?

GCC's online courses allow students to take regular college credit courses using computer technology to

  • learn concepts
  • supplement textbook information
  • communicate with instructors and other students
  • link to a world of applied information via the internet

Online learning is not a program in itself; it is a mode of taking courses required for a degree or certificate program.

Online learning courses follow the same academic calendar as campus-based courses. They are not self-paced, but adhere to a rigorous calendar, student learning outcomes and required competencies for completion.

Take the Readiness Assessment to see if you are prepared for online courses.

Please note: online and hybrid courses are just as difficult — or more difficult — and may be more time consuming than traditional courses. Online courses typically require much more reading and writing than traditional classes.

Tips for Online Students

How to have a successful online learning experience:

  • Confirm you have your username/password and know how to access the online course.
  • Be sure to check in for the first time within 1-2 days of the start of term.
  • Read the course syllabus and check for any special instructions from the instructor — be aware of any instructor expectations as well as any assignment/ activity deadlines.
  • Tour the online class to become familiar with where to find assignments and activities — click on all the links and read the content.
  • Follow the assignments and associated deadlines as identified on the syllabus and/or special course instructions.
  • Establish a regular routine for checking for course communication and participating in course activities — students need to check in at least 3 times a week to the online class.
  • If you have a question or concern, contact the instructor through established course communication.
  • Read the Online Student Expectations