THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Using a Web-based online learning platform, students communicate with the instructor
and with each other through threaded discussions. Discussion is an essential part
of every online course. Students are expected to contribute thoughtful, meaningful
dialogue in the threaded discussions at least once a week.
If you're brand new to online learning we invite you to try a mini demo class. This
short demonstration class lets you take a look at the online interface while also
teaching you some of the basics of being a successful online student.
click here for >> Demo Class: Keys to Successful Online Learning
Are GGU's online programs accredited?
Golden Gate University offers individual courses, degree programs and professional
certificates online that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges (WASC). Although the Web-based format is unique, the courses are the same
as those offered at any Golden Gate University location. Online courses are taught
by the same faculty and are held to the same rigorous academic standards as courses
offered in traditional classroom settings.
What are the types of online courses?
There are 2 types of online courses:
- Entirely Online: Courses in which no in-person classroom presence is required.
- Web-Enhanced & Mixed Mode: Courses that mix online content with one or more in-person
How do I take exams?
Instructors may have quizzes online using the university's e-Learning platform. All
courses that are entirely online (no in-person class sessions) will have at least one supervised (proctored) exam
per term. The supervised exam is either paper-based or Web-based and can be supervised
at the GGU San Francisco campus a Consortium of College Testing Centers exam site, or using an independent proctor approved by GGU -- which may include local librarians,
your employer, or another responsible party. Web-Enhanced and Mixed Mode courses do
not require a supervised (proctored) exam because they have at least one in-person
class sessions, which satisfies the verification of identity requirement by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Golden Gate University's accrediting body.
What course materials will I need and where will I purchase them?
For most courses, you will be able to order books from the GGU Bookstore via phone,
mail and e-mail. For courses that require additional material, specific instructions
will be provided. You can also make purchases from the Online Bookstore.
Will I have any contact with my classmates?
Limited class size and integrated use of Web-based software enable faculty to create
a seminar-style "classroom" environment in which students interact with each other
as much as they do with their professor. Since discussions are asynchronous (simultaneous
participation is not necessary), you can ask questions as they arise and contribute
to discussions at any time.
Can I contact an instructor if I need help?
You can contact an instructor through the course software, by e-mail and by phone,
or the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online students also have access to a 24/7 help desk, that supports students with
live Web chat, e-mails, FAQs, and toll-free phone assistance.
How can I learn more?
Request More Information
How do I enroll?