About Online Classes
How do I get started?
Prior to registering for any distance education course, each student should make sure that this method of instruction fits his or her learning style. Some people learn best by interacting face to face with the instructor and other students. To be successful in distance education courses, an online student should be self-motivated and be able to work well independently. Students should meet with an advisor in the One-Stop Enrollment and Success Center. Once students are registered for an online class, they should complete the Distance Education Blackboard Orientation and the Before You Begin Checklist.
How do the courses work?
How much work is there in a typical course?
A typical course will involve 8-10 hours of work per week. You will need to expect to spend the same amount time online as you would in the face-to-face classroom.
How long do courses last?
Online courses begin and end following the same calendar as traditional, face-to-face courses. A semester is typically approximately fifteen weeks long. The course structure will require that students adhere to these schedules in order to successfully complete the course. Some instructors/courses allow students to work ahead and others require that students stay on a week-by-week basis.
Do I have to be online at a specific time?
Most of our online classes are Online Asynchronous (OA) and does NOT require students to be online at specific dates/times. You may access your class when it’s convenient and from a place that's convenient! Except for turning in assignments before or by the due date, your schedule is totally up to you. You must meet due dates! You can review lectures, ask questions, and participate in discussion groups at a time and from a place convenient to you. However, we do also offer Online Synchronous (OS) classes that require you to be online on specific days/times. These days/times are posted on the registration schedule (ask your advisor at registration)
How do I take tests?
Most tests are taken online. Once you are in your course, you will be able to look at the syllabus to find the method of testing used for your particular course. The tests can be multiple choice, true/false, short essay, or long essay in format. Tests may also be timed. Each course will be different in the type of tests required. Some courses may require proctored exams during the term. A proctor is a person that supervises an
event/exam. No charge if proctored at Wiregrass or another TCSG college. Some courses may use Respondus Lockdown Browser Monitor which will require a webcam. Students are directly responsible for any costs associated with verification of student identity, such as securing outside proctors and/or obtaining a web cam.
What are the supported browsers and general computer needs?
Visit https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support for Blackboard Supported Browsers and Computer Needs. Students should also run the Browser Test found in Blackboard. And, students should review the Requirements for Online and Hybrid Courses for any additional course requirements.
If I have problems in my class, what do I do?
Your instructor is your first contact. The course syllabus will have the instructor's contact information. If the instructor is unavailable, you may contact the academic dean or dean designee, and this person’s name and contact information are also on the syllabus
Can I take courses on-campus and online at the same time?
Yes, you can take on-campus and online courses at the same time. However, please remember that online courses are as rigorous as on-campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.
Can I take more than one course at a time?
You can take up to the maximum number of courses recommended by your advisor but not to exceed 18-credit hours. However, these courses are as rigorous as on-campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.
I have not heard from my online instructor. What should I do?
Login to your course(s). Your instructor should have an announcement on how to get started in the course. Also, check your WGTC student email. You may contact your instructor if you have any questions. You may also email email@example.com.
How do I login to my online course?
Log in to Okta at https://wiregrass.okta.com. Student Usernames and Passwords are formatted as follows:
Username: Unique email account name (example jsmith31) Find your Unique Email Account
Password: 8-Digit Date of Birth in mmddyyyy (example 07241975=July 24, 1975).
Using Okta Single Sign-On, students will be able to use the same username and password for Navigate, BannerWeb, Email, and Blackboard. You are strongly encouraged to change your password. You can find instructions on how to change your password on the Okta login page.
NOTE: Users may not have access to Okta (which includes Blackboard and other college resources accessed through Okta) outside of the United States of America. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) with server connectivity in the United States will be needed for access to Wiregrass resources while outside of the country. For more information on accessing Okta out of the country, email the IT department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 229-293-6240.
I do not see my question here. What are my options?
Students can direct questions to the appropriate WGTC department by visiting, emailing or calling the department. The general telephone number for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta Campus is (229) 333-2100. The general telephone number for the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus is (229) 468-2000. The general telephone number for the Coffee County Campus is (912) 389-4300. You may also email email@example.com.