THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Using the online learning platform, students access course materials, view videos
or other multimedia content, and participate in course activities and projects. Students
communicate with the instructor and with each other through threaded discussion forums,
an essential part of every online course. Students are expected to contribute thoughtful,
meaningful dialog 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.
Try an Online 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 Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Although the online format
is different than a traditional classroom experience, 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 3 types of online courses:
- Entirely Online: Courses in which no in-person classroom presence is required.
- Mixed Mode: Courses that mix online content with one or more in-person sessions.
- WebEnhanced: A traditional in-person course that also uses the online platform to
facilitate some course activities or deliver content.
How do I take exams?
All courses that are entirely online (no in-person class sessions) will have at least one supervised (proctored) exam
per term. The supervised exam may be 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. WebEnhanced and Mixed Mode courses
do not require a supervised (proctored) exam because they have at least one in-person
class session, which satisfies the verification of identity requirement by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC),
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. Other course
materials may be made available through GGU Library course reserves, or by your instructor.
Will I have any contact with my classmates?
Limited class size and use of the online classroom enable faculty to create a seminar-style
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 within the parameters
communicated by your instructor.
Can I contact an instructor if I need help?
You can contact an instructor through the online course environment, 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?