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What Online Learning options are available to Middle Georgia State University students? Online Learning opportunities include:
- eCore Middle Georgia State is an affiliate institution in the University System of Georgia’s online core curriculum program known as eCore. The eCore program allows students to take core curriculum courses—those generally completed in the freshman and sophomore years—in an online environment.
- eCampus Middle Georgia State University is proud to partner with the University System of Georgia’s eCampus service unit to offer an online Associate of Science in Information Technology degree. eCampus is a partnership with University System of Georgia public institutions to provide quality, affordable, high-demand post-secondary degrees and credentials that address the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond. eCampus programs are ideal for traditional students, working professionals, military members, and anyone looking to continue their education for a competitive advantage in today’s job market. For more information, click here .
- eTuition Online degree options are expanding at Middle Georgia State University. This has required the implementation of a Distance Learning tuition rate that applies to all students regardless of residency status. The eTuition rate can vary according to degree options and undergraduate/graduate level. Click here for current undergraduate rates and click here for current graduate rates.
What is eCore? eCore—short for electronic core-curriculum—allows University System of Georgia (USG) students the opportunity to complete their first two years of their collegiate careers in an online environment. eCore courses are taught entirely online, except for the occasional proctored exam. eCore courses are designed, developed, taught and supported by faculty and staff from the USG
How are Online Learning classes identified in the class schedule on the MGA website? eCore, eCampus, and eTuition classes are fully online. Fully online courses are identified as 95% to 100% online. They are delivered via technology and do not require students to travel to a classroom for instruction. eCore and eTuition are differentiated by:
- eCore The course title begins with ECORE and the Campus is O.
- eCampus The course title begins with ECAMP and the Campus is A.
- eTuition The course title begins with ONLINE and the Campus is Z.
What is the difference between Hybrid and Partially Online courses? Both of these course types fall under on-campus tuition rate.
- Hybrid Courses: These courses meet face-to-face and technology is used to deliver up to 50% of class sessions.
- Partially Online Courses: These courses are delivered more than 50% via technology, but visits to a classroom or similar site are required.
Do the 12-hour or 15-hour tuition rate caps apply to Online Learning classes? There is no maximum tuition cap for eCore, eCampus, and eTuition. These charges are calculated separately from a student’s non-fully online schedule of classes.
Are Online Learning students exempt from any fees? A student who is registered for only fully online classes is exempt from the activity fee, athletic fee, recreation and wellness fee and the parking fee. All other mandatory fees apply. Note: A student residing in on-campus housing enrolled in only fully online classes is not exempt from these fees.
Additional fees for proctored exams may apply to some online classes.
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Am I comfortable on the computer and on the Internet?
To be successful in an online learning environment you should be comfortable working online. You will need to have a computer and a high speed internet connection.
Do I have time to commit to an online course?
What makes online courses so attractive is their flexibility — you can do the work on your lunch break or while laying in a hammock in the backyard — but they do require a substantial time commitment.
Am I a good manager of my time?
That oh-so-appealing flexibility also makes it easy to procrastinate. Just like in a traditional course, doing well in an online class requires the discipline to stay on top of the work. You will be provided with a schedule in every syllabus. If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate asking your professor.
Am I a self-motivated student?
With online courses, you’ll have an instructor to guide you, but with asychronous courses you won’t have regular lectures to tell you everything you need to know. MGA School of IT courses are not accelerated or go at your own pace. You will have weekly responsibilities just as you would in a traditional classroom.
Still not sure?
One common piece of advice is to start by taking a short elective. This will introduce you to online learning but without requiring a major commitment of time and energy. See how you like it, and if it works for you, then dive in!
Be open minded about sharing life, work, and educational experiences as part of the learning process.
Introverts as well as extroverts find that the online process requires them to utilize their experiences. This forum for communication eliminates the visual barriers that hinder some individuals in expressing themselves. In addition, the student is given time to reflect on the information before responding. The online environment should be open and friendly. Group work is very possible using online collaboration, be open to working with a diverse group.
Be able to communicate through writing.
In the Virtual Classroom, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that students feel comfortable in expressing themselves in writing. Many students have limited writing abilities, which should be addressed before or as part of the online experience. This may require remedial efforts on the part of the student.
Be Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
With the freedom and flexibility of the online environment comes responsibility. The online process takes a real commitment and discipline to keep up with the flow of the process.
Be willing to “speak up” if problems arise.
Many of the non-verbal communication mechanisms that instructors use in determining whether students are having problems (confusion, frustration, boredom, absence, etc.) are not possible in the online paradigm. If a student is experiencing difficulty on any level (either with the technology or with the course content), he or she must communicate this immediately. Otherwise the instructor will never know what is wrong.
Be able to meet the minimum requirements for the program.
The requirements for online are no less than that of any other quality educational program. The successful student will view online as a convenient way to receive their education – not an easier way.
Accept critical thinking and decision making as part of the learning process.
The learning process requires the student to make decisions based on facts as well as experience. Assimilating information and executing the right decisions requires critical thought; case analysis does this very effectively.
Have practically unlimited access to a computer and Internet Service.
The course content and interaction are engaged by computer through the Internet. Some content and activities may be accessible by “dial-up” or mobile services but most online learning will be best accomplished with broadband service. The student must have access to the necessary equipment.
Be able to think ideas through before responding.
Meaningful and quality input into the virtual classroom is an essential part of the learning process. Time is given in the process to allow for the careful consideration of responses. The testing and challenging of ideas is encouraged; you will not always be right, just be prepared to accept a challenge.
Feel that high quality learning can take place without going to a traditional classroom.
If the student feels that a traditional classroom is a prerequisite to learning, they may be more comfortable in the traditional classroom. Online is not for everybody. A student that wants to be on a traditional campus attending a traditional classroom is probably not going to be happy online. While the level of social interaction can be very high in the virtual classroom given that many barriers come down in the online format, it is not the same as living in a dorm on a campus. This should be made known. An online student is expected to:
- Participate in the virtual classroom 2-7 days per week
- Be able to work with others in completing projects
- Be able to use the technology properly
- Be able to meet the minimum standards as set forth by the institution
- Be able to complete assignments on time
- Enjoy communicating in writing.
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