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Future Online Students

Considering an online class?

Today’s students have many demands on their time:  work, family obligations, community involvement, and more.  At GHC, we want to make sure that you have every tool necessary to benefit from the convenience of an online class, but to be successful as well. Georgia ONmyLINE offers a self-assessment tool through Smarter Measure.  Take the assessment and see how ready you are!

Please use the navigation links provided in this section to find out more information on how to apply and take classes at GHC.

Affordable Online Options at Georgia Highlands College

Distance Learning Fee. Unlike many institutions, Georgia Highlands does not charge an additional layer of tuition per credit hour for online classes, Instead, a $17 fee is imposed for each course (not credit hour) taken online.  Courses conducted via eClassroom (web-based conferencing) and listed as Web-based are the ones for which the Distance Learning Fee is added.

Regular tuition and fees at Georgia Highlands are shown here: https://www.highlands.edu/tuition-and-fees

These fees do not include the cost of textbooks or other instructional materials which are purchased through the bookstore.

Open Educational Resources. Georgia Highlands has embraced the goals of Affordable Learning Georgia, an initiative designed to convert courses to use open educational resources (OERs).  Compared with traditional textbooks, many OERs are free online or low-cost if printed copies are desired.

The eLearning division assists GHC instructors who are redesigning courses via OER grants from Affordable Learning Georgia.  In addition, the division provides stipends for developers of online courses to help with the cost of converting them to OERs.  Once converted, these online courses provide a lower total cost than courses not using open resources.

GHC’s RN to BSN Online Completion Program was identified as second among the 30 most affordable online RN-BSN degree programs in the nation published by Great Value Colleges.

Financial Aid

Financial aid covers eLearning courses as well as face-to-face ones.  A variety of financial aid packages are available and more information can be found at  https://sites.highlands.edu/financial-aid/

Scholarships

The Georgia Highlands College Foundation has a variety of scholarships available for GHC students.  Click here for more information.

Technical Considerations and Information

Students enrolled in online courses at GHC have the same access to student technology and services as students taking courses in other formats.  Therefore, it is important for you to review the Student Technology at GHC page.  As as GHC online student, your primary online learning environment will be D2L, but each course may use other supporting technology or systems.  Therefore, while on-campus computers may be available to students during the business hours of the college, it is recommend that each online student have a reliable computer or mobile device at home with access to the Internet.  This makes participating easier and increases the likelihood of success, since, in most cases, students will need to work on academic tasks outside the business hours of the college.  The cost of ensuring adequate access may require some planning prior to the start of each semester.

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Computer Hardware

Windows PC running the latest Windows operating system,
or an Apple Computer with the Mac operating system

Will my computer work with D2L?

Click here to confirm whether your computer configuration is compatible with D2L (Brightspace).

Your computer’s version of Windows or Mac operating systems must be capable of running the most recent updated version of the recommended web browsers listed below.

Computer Accessories

  • Some courses may require a Webcam
  • Some courses may require a microphone (a USB headset is ideal)
  • Speakers or ability to use headphones for audio playback
  • A printer is recommended for some courses

Supported Web Browsers

While several major web browsers are supported, it is recommended that you access your D2L courses using either of the browsers listed below.

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

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Internet Access

  • Its is recommended that you have Internet service at your home. The faster and more reliable your internet connection speed, the better your experience will be
  • A hardwired cable or DSL connection is recommended, particularly for submitting assignments & quizzes.
  • Data charges may apply. Check with your internet provider.

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While D2L supports the use of tablets and other mobile devices, submitting papers and taking tests is best done using a Windows PC or Apple computer.

Requirements:

  • Android™
    Android 4.4+ Operating System with the latest Android browser
  • Apple
    iOS® 6, 7, 8, and 9 Operating System with the latest Safari browser

Additional Systems used in online, eClassrooms, or hybrid courses.

Blackboard Colaborate System Requirements

Respondus LockDown Browser System Requirements

Disclaimer: While the goal of Georgia Highlands College is to keep this information, in the fast changing world of technology, the requirements above are subject to change without notice.