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.
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