Welcome to the College of Coastal Georgia’s Online Orientation! We are glad you have chosen to attend classes with us!

The Online Orientation is a short review of what is expected of online students at the College of Coastal Georgia, time and technology requirements, information on how to access your course, and how to find information on student resources. This Orientation should not take long to review, and there is not a quiz or student information required.

The Online Orientation is not a requirement for registration.

Please Note: This Orientation does not replace the eCore Orientation. If you are planning on taking eCore courses, you will have to complete the eCore Orientation prior to registering for those courses, which can be found here.

While requirements will vary from course to course, the majority of courses will require the items listed below:

  • Computer: Reliable access to a desktop or laptop computer with adequate memory and processing capabilities is a must. Standard computer capabilities include ability to access coursework, download large files, utilize media applications, and synchronous meeting applications.
  • Computer Compatibility: Most courses use the online learning management system D2L Brightspace.
  • Auxiliary Equipment: Access to a webcam and USB headset for video-based communication. These items may be required by faculty on a course-by-course basis.
  • Internet Access: Reliable access to high-speed internet access is required. This access should be free of constricting data restrictions for downloading large files.
  • Software: Recent version of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a minimum), a pdf viewer, anti-virus protection, a media player for both audio and video, Java, and the current Adobe Flash Player. Any course specific software will be listed in the course syllabus.

Online learning at Coastal Georgia provides considerable freedom, allowing students to often choose when and where they'll participate in class activities. However, this flexibility must be balanced by responsibility, as courses will have deadlines, course attendance requirements, or group collaboration. However, there are many possible challenges to online learning, as outlined below:

  • A high level of self-motivation and discipline, in addition to planning and preparation skills, are required to succeed.
  • Online courses at Coastal Georgia have the same workload as traditional courses. Students will have assignments, exams, requirements, and deadlines just as their on-campus peers do.
  • Students must have at least a moderate familiarity with technology. Students will be required to use computers, webcams, and various software programs to complete and submit their assignments.

Additionally, online students should expect to spend at least as much time in an online course as they would in a traditional course, and sometimes more.

  • A 3-credit-hour online course in a 16-week session will require approximately 6 to 9 hours per week engaging in coursework.
  • A compressed session or summer session will significantly increase the time required per week.
  • Students should evaluate their personal schedules to determine how much free time they will have available to dedicate to their studies prior to registering for courses each semester.

Tips for Succeeding in Online Courses

  1. Have Correct Expectations: Online courses have very similar academic rigor compared to their face-to-face counterparts. Approach your online course with this in mind so that you are not caught off-guard and fall behind.
  2. Establish a Good Workspace: It is extremely important you have a good place to work on your assignments. Find a quiet place with a good internet connection, access to power, and free from distractions.
  3. Know Your Resources and Technologies: Gain information on all of the technologies, websites, and campus resources you may need to use in the course and master them. Check to ensure your computer is working well, you have access to all needed software, and perform any needed updates. Verify that all specialized software or tools is compatible with your system.
  4. Stay Organized: As with any course, it's important to stay organized. Organize your files in a way that makes sense to you and keep a copy of anything you submit until final grades are posted. If a technology problem requires you to resubmit an assignment, you will have access to the file. Take good notes while doing your readings or watching lectures just as you would in a face-to-face class.
  5. Manage Time Wisely: Online courses give you flexibility in terms of when you do your studying, but that doesn't mean you don't have to study! You will need to schedule enough time in your personal calendar to study and complete assignments. Treat those blocks of time as you would a face-to-face class by sticking to them, letting your friends and family know you are unavailable, and consistently using your workspace. Keep a close eye on assignment due dates, adding those to your personal calendar as well.
  6. Interact with Your Peers and Instructor: Just as with a face-to-face course, interactions with your peers and your instructor are critical to you having a rich, engaging experience in the course. Be sure to go out of your way to introduce yourself to others, as these are the people who you will work with throughout the semester.
  7. Seek Help When Needed: Your instructor is still there to help you, even if you never meet him or her in person. Additionally, you have access to online tutoring. Simply click on Live Online Tutoring within the Academic Success box on D2L.

Coastal Georgia offers two primary types of online courses: Coastal Georgia Online Courses, and eCore. Hybrid courses, which include online and face-to-face components are also available.

Students are responsible for registering for the appropriate type of online course (CCGA Online, eCore; full session or short session). It is important for students to understand which type of course they are registering for as well as the type of session.

Coastal Georgia online courses are listed as a web courses in COAST. eCore courses are listed as elearning courses.

The College's online courses are taught by Coastal Georgia faculty and utilize D2L, just like regular classes. Courses can be found on Coastal Georgia’s instance of D2L.

eCore courses are taught by highly qualified instructors who are employed at colleges and universities within the University System of Georgia. Courses are delivered entirely online through the GoVIEW learning management system. For more information about ecore visit this site.

Registration for online courses at Coastal Georgia is completed through COAST in the same manner as registering for traditional, on-campus courses.

Advising Structure at the College of Coastal Georgia

Advising is available through the Center for Academic Advising.

Details about D2L

D2L is an integrated learning platform designed to create a single place online for instructors and students to interact, either for a completely online course or as a supplement to a face-to-face course. D2L provides students a location for accessing their online courses, including the syllabus, course calendars, lessons, materials, quizzes, exams, discussion boards, as well as a dropbox for submitting assignments.

How do I log in?

  • D2L can be accessed at this link: https://my.ccga.edu
  • Students should log in using their CCGA ID and password.
  • If you do not know your ID or password, contact Technology Services by calling 912.279.5760 or sending an email to support@ccga.edu.

Where can I get help with D2L?

  • Send an email to elearning@ccga.edu. Be sure to include your 9200 number and the CRN of the class in question.
  • Call 912.279.4543, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leave a message and someone will return your call.
  • Drop by the eLearning help desk, located in the library, near the Active Learning Space.

Please use the information below for assistance in starting your online course.

Please note: Courses populate in D2L and GoView until the first day of class each semester.

College of Coastal Georgia Online Courses

  • Coastal Georgia's online courses are housed in Desire2Learn (D2L) and students will use their CCGA ID and password to log in.
  • If you do not know your CCGA ID or need your password reset, call 912-279-5760 or go to Technology Services, which is located on the second floor of Andrews. You can also reset your password by going to this site: https://sa.ccga.edu/password/rcdpwd.asp.
  • If you have questions, or are unable to log in to D2L, please contact the eLearning help desk by using the following support channels:
    • Send an email to elearning@ccga.edu. Be sure to include your 9200 number and the CRN of the class in question.
    • Call 912.279.4543, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leave a message and someone will return your call.
    • Drop by the eLearning help desk, located in room 116H, Correll, near the ATTIC.

eCore Courses

In summary, this online orientation was created to provide students with crucial information about online learning at the College of Coastal Georgia. Additionally, we have compiled a list of key links:

Contact eLearning!

If you are unable to get the assistance you need, please feel free to contact us, and we will either directly assist you, or get you to someone who can.

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