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GeorgiaVIEW Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L)

Brightspace is our college’s learning management system (LMS). You may be familiar with other LMS software, such as Moodle or Blackboard. Your instructors use Brightspace for many things, such as posting grades, creating assignments, or providing you content and quizzes. Each instructor uses Brightspace in a different way, so if you have specific questions about your instructors’ expectations, please be sure to ask your professor directly in class or via email.

As part of our contract with the D2L company, you have access to the D2L Help Center (DHC), hosted by the University System of Georgia (USG). It has a large repository of frequently asked questions.

At the DHC, you can search the knowledge base, chat with a helper, or call in for assistance. Please use the knowledge base before calling; chances are, someone has already asked your question and posted it in the knowledge base.

The D2L company also offers many helpful videos for students on using Brightspace. Visit the “Learner Community” to connect with help from D2L.

The USG does routine maintenance most Friday nights and early Saturday mornings (10 PM Friday – 7 AM Saturday). Please keep this in mind as you prepare assignments or work on your courses in Brightspace.

To log into your online classes at EGSC, use our single-sign on portal, myEGSC, on the right side of our homepage. You will need your student user ID and password. If you are a new student, or if you have just added a course, please allow 24-48 hours for the course to appear in Brightspace. For password or user ID assistance, please visit the myEGSC help page.

 

eCore and eCampus

As stated at their website, “eCore is a collaborative program of the University System of Georgia (USG) established with the goal to make higher education more accessible within our state. eCore offers students the opportunity to complete undergraduate requirements in Core Areas A-E completely online via public colleges and universities within the University System. eCore courses are taught by instructors from SACSCOC accredited institutions within the system, and are transferrable within the USG as well as to most regionally accredited schools.”

East Georgia State College (EGSC) is an eCore affiliate institution. This means you can register for eCore classes right along with your EGSC courses. Your academic advisor can help you register for eCore classes that you may need which are closed or otherwise not available at EGSC. Most eCore classes include textbooks in their price. Tuition as of Fall 2017 is $159 per credit hour plus any lab kit fees and charges assessed by EGSC to all students.

If you are interested in eCore’s offerings, read through their materials. Find the tab at the top of their home page (link above) and click on “Future Students.” Take the eCore “New Student Introduction Quiz.” This is required for all eCore students. You only have to take the quiz once.

To access your eCore classes, you go to the eCore website noted above and use your eCore login credentials. The login link is in the upper right corner. EGSC faculty and staff do not have access to eCore courses. If you need assistance with eCore classes, please use the eCore help page.

Students should note that eCore classes may have different start and end dates than EGSC, and that all their courses require proctored exams. Those are scheduled directly through the eCore course or courses you are taking.

ProctorU

All EGSC online classes require at least one proctored experience. Some professors use a USG-approved service called ProctorU. When you take an exam, you use a webcam and connect to a person who monitors you as you test. ProctorU requires that you

  • Create an account
  • Have a method of payment
  • Register for the exam(s) you intend to take after your professor creates them in ProctorU
  • Have a working webcam and internet connection for the entirety of the exam

If you have questions about how this works, visit the ProctorU site or ask your professor if he or she uses ProctorU for proctored exams in online courses.

Useful Links for Online Students

Did you know that EGSC has two online bachelor’s degree programs?

Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration

Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration

EGSC now offers the FESHE recognized four-year degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration!

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RN-to-BSN Bridge Program

RN-to-BSN Bridge Program

APPLY NOW for our new online RN-to-BSN Bridge Program and be prepared to advance in your career!

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How is taking an online class different than a face to face class?

Online classes require students to take initiative and be active, independent learners. Since you do not see your professor every day, it’s vital that you do the following with your online classes:

  • Log in at least 3-4 times a week (more is better).
  • Check your email for every course each time you log in. (Remember to check both your Brightspace by D2L email AND your ega.edu email regularly.
  • Respond as required by your professor.
  • Either print out the professor’s calendar (if he/she uses one in D2L) or make one of your own using your syllabus to keep track of due dates and assignments. Your syllabus is the ultimate guide to the course, so you should study it thoroughly.
How can I improve my chances at success in an online course?

A good practice is to be involved from the first day of class and not procrastinating. Be sure you have a copy of the course syllabus close at hand and that you know how to contact your professor. Some professors prefer that you use your Catmail account, while others prefer you to use Brightspace by D2L email. Other tips:

  • Be an active participant in class by taking advantage of materials your professor may provide, like study guides, practice quizzes, discussion boards to ask questions, any extra credit opportunities, and meeting your online classmates.
  • If you don’t understand something, ask! Ask the professor and other students; many of them are experienced online learners.
  • Do not ever wait until the last minute to submit an assignment. Always build in extra time—you cannot always predict when power/internet will go out or something unexpected might delay you.
  • Practice staying well organized, self-motivated, and working ahead—it’s extremely difficult to catch up even if you miss one online assignment.
Do I need a computer to take an online class?

Yes. While cell phones can be handy for a quick check in, you will need unlimited access to a computer to engage fully in the online course and complete the necessary assignments. This is especially true for written assignments, where text messaging ‘language’ is not appropriate. Writing is one of the main ways you’ll communicate in an online course. Please understand that unless you can regularly access a computer, a fully online course will not work for you.

What is a “proctored experience”?

As part of our online teaching policy here at EGSC, all courses must have at least one proctored experience. This could be a test, a lab, a class workshop, or whatever the professor deems appropriate. Please discuss questions you may have about getting to campus or arranging a proctor early in the semester with your professor.

I registered for a class yesterday, but I do not see my course in Brightspace by D2L. What’s going on?

It takes 24-48 hours from the time you register for courses to appear once you log into Brightspace. Also remember that if you are taking eCore classes, you log into those classes at the eCore website, not via myEGSC.

How do I get my textbooks for an online class?

Be sure you read the professor’s textbooks requirements in the syllabus. You can make arrangements to order your textbooks from the bookstore. You can also view the textbook requirements on the online schedule.