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 CyberCampus course. Students are expected to contribute thoughtful, meaningful dialogue in the threaded discussions at least once a week.
why ggu: Online Learning | About CyberCampus
CyberCampus offers a virtual classroom experience providing cutting-edge course content taught by professionals working in their fields. All courses are accessible from the web, allowing you to complete coursework wherever and whenever is convenient for you.
Golden Gate University's CyberCampus serves more than 5,000 students -- including 1,100 mixed mode students, and 4,200 web-enhanced students annually. Over the last ten years, Golden Gate University has been at the forefront of online education, and to this day we continue to innovate; offering online courses, student communities, service tools, and demonstration courses.
Each CyberCampus course includes at least one supervised exam. Exams can be supervised at any GGU campus location or by local librarians, your employer, or other responsible parties.
Web-Enhanced & Mixed Mode Courses
Classes that have some or all in-person sessions
Web-enhanced and mixed mode courses do not require a supervised (proctored) exam because they have online and 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. Instructors may have exams or quizzes in the in-person class sessions and/or online using the university's e-Learning platform.
Completely Online Courses
All Golden Gate University 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. In addition, instructors may have exams, quizzes, projects and/or assignments online using the university's eLearning platform that are not supervised. Please check with your instructor.Supervised exams can be taken at a GGU teaching location, a Consortium of College Testing Centers exam site or using an independent proctor approved by CyberCampus (you must log into GGU4YOU to fill out the proctored exam form). Instructors will provide information regarding exam dates etc.
Supervised Exam Resource Center
- Is CyberCampus an accredited institution?
- How can I enroll?
- What are the components of CyberCampus?
- What are the system requirements?
- What course materials will I need and where will I purchase them?
- What are the prerequisites? How do I know if I qualify?
- Will I have any contact with my classmates?
- Can I contact an instructor if I need help?
- Can I transfer credits from another school toward a GGU CyberCampus program?
- How much does it cost and where do I pay?
Golden Gate University offers individual courses, degree programs and professional certificates through CyberCampus 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. CyberCampus courses are taught by the same faculty and are held to the same rigorous academic standards as courses offered in traditional classroom settings.
The university offers certificates, degrees, and individual courses through a special Open Enrollment program.
For more information on specific admissions requirements, select one of the following:
- Degrees & Certificates
Please note: Most, but not all, GGU degrees are available entirely online. Psychology, Law and cohort programs are among those programs which require in-person classes. Please let your advisor know if you intend to take all your coursework online to ensure that the required classes are available for your degree or program.
- Undergraduate Enrollment
- Graduate Enrollment
Just like a physical campus, CyberCampus has students, faculty, advising and staff. The only difference is that students interact using web-based conferencing, e-mail, phone and fax in a distance-learning environment.
- Browser: Recent versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome (Safari is not recommended)
- Screen Resolution: 800 x 600 pixels or greater
- Internet Service Provider: Any Internet service provider will suffice if it provides reliable access to the Internet
- Operating System: Windows 98 or later, or Macintosh 8.1 or later. Please note that CyberCampus is not yet fully functional when using tablet computers such as the iPad
- Computer Memory: At least 64 megabytes of RAM
- Modem Speed: A broadband connection (cable, DSL, T1, network) is strongly recommended for best performance
- E-mail Accounts: In order to participate in a course, you will need to have an e-mail account. In the course your instructor and all participants will have access to your e-mail address. If you prefer not to use your primary e-mail account for your course, you can obtain a free e-mail account from a variety of companies, including: Yahoo Mail; Gmail; Hotmail.
- Virus Protection: While participating on the online course, you may choose to share documents and files via e-mail. You are expected to use your own updated virus protection software. Anti-virus software can be downloaded for free or for a small charge from the Internet, or you can purchase a program at your local software retailer. For more information, visit the following web sites:
Since new viruses appear almost every day, we encourage you to update your anti-virus software regularly. Some classes require software from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) and Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF files). Most math and finance courses will require either a financial or graphing calculator.
For most courses, you will be able to order books from the San Francisco GGU Bookstore via phone, mail and e-mail. For courses that require additional material, specific instructions will be provided.
You may also make purchases from the Online Bookstore
Prerequisites are the same as those stated in the general GGU catalog and class bulletins. This information is provided in the courses schedule or you can contact an academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-GGU4YOU.
Limited class size and integrated use of Web-based software enable CyberCampus 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.
You can contact an instructor through the course software, by e-mail and by phone, or the CyberCampus helpdesk at email@example.com. Online students also have access to a 24/7 CyberCampus helpdesk. The 24/7 helpdesk supports students with live web chat, emails, a dynamically updated FAQ and toll-free phone assistance.
All units applied to a certificate program must be earned at Golden Gate University. For information on the transferring of units for degree programs please visit our Transfer Credit page or contact a CyberCampus enrollment officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-874-CYBER (2923) or 415-369-5250.
Students may choose from a variety of billing options, including employer-sponsored tuition-reimbursement programs or installment-payment plans. Scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs are available also. Financial Aid counselors are available at the San Francisco Campus from 11 am to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday. For complete information on financial aid programs, eligibility, deadlines for applications and requirements, visit the Enrollment page, e-mail email@example.com, call 800-GGU-4YOU (448-4968) or 415-442-7270, or drop by the San Francisco Campus during scheduled hours.