GeorgiaVIEW Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L)
Brightspace is our college’s learning management system (LMS). You may be familiar with other LMS software, such as Moodle or Blackboard. Your instructors use Brightspace for many things, such as posting grades, creating assignments, or providing you content and quizzes. Each instructor uses Brightspace in a different way, so if you have specific questions about your instructors’ expectations, please be sure to ask your professor directly in class or via email.
As part of our contract with the D2L company, you have access to the D2L Help Center (DHC), hosted by the University System of Georgia (USG). It has a large repository of frequently asked questions.
At the DHC, you can search the knowledge base, chat with a helper, or call in for assistance. Please use the knowledge base before calling; chances are, someone has already asked your question and posted it in the knowledge base.
The D2L company also offers many helpful videos for students on using Brightspace. Visit the “Learner Community” to connect with help from D2L.
The USG does routine maintenance most Friday nights and early Saturday mornings (10 PM Friday – 7 AM Saturday). Please keep this in mind as you prepare assignments or work on your courses in Brightspace.
To log into your online classes at EGSC, use our single-sign on portal, myEGSC, on the right side of our homepage. You will need your student user ID and password. If you are a new student, or if you have just added a course, please allow 24-48 hours for the course to appear in Brightspace. For password or user ID assistance, please visit the myEGSC help page.
eCore and eCampus
As stated at their website, “eCore is a collaborative program of the University System of Georgia (USG) established with the goal to make higher education more accessible within our state. eCore offers students the opportunity to complete undergraduate requirements in Core Areas A-E completely online via public colleges and universities within the University System. eCore courses are taught by instructors from SACSCOC accredited institutions within the system, and are transferrable within the USG as well as to most regionally accredited schools.”
East Georgia State College (EGSC) is an eCore affiliate institution. This means you can register for eCore classes right along with your EGSC courses. Your academic advisor can help you register for eCore classes that you may need which are closed or otherwise not available at EGSC. Most eCore classes include textbooks in their price. Tuition as of Fall 2017 is $159 per credit hour plus any lab kit fees and charges assessed by EGSC to all students.
If you are interested in eCore’s offerings, read through their materials. Find the tab at the top of their home page (link above) and click on “Future Students.” Take the eCore “New Student Introduction Quiz.” This is required for all eCore students. You only have to take the quiz once.
To access your eCore classes, you go to the eCore website noted above and use your eCore login credentials. The login link is in the upper right corner. EGSC faculty and staff do not have access to eCore courses. If you need assistance with eCore classes, please use the eCore help page.
Students should note that eCore classes may have different start and end dates than EGSC, and that all their courses require proctored exams. Those are scheduled directly through the eCore course or courses you are taking.
All EGSC online classes require at least one proctored experience. Some professors use a USG-approved service called ProctorU. When you take an exam, you use a webcam and connect to a person who monitors you as you test. ProctorU requires that you
- Create an account
- Have a method of payment
- Register for the exam(s) you intend to take after your professor creates them in ProctorU
- Have a working webcam and internet connection for the entirety of the exam
If you have questions about how this works, visit the ProctorU site or ask your professor if he or she uses ProctorU for proctored exams in online courses.
Useful Links for Online Students
- Academic Advising
- Business Office, Tuition and Fees
- College Catalog
- Counseling and Disability Student Services
- Financial Aid
- IT Homepage (for browser checks and software info)
- EGSC Police Department
- Registrar’s Office
- Student Handbook
- USG D2L Help Center (24/7)
Protecting Student Privacy
East Georgia State College (EGSC) is committed to protecting the privacy of all students, regardless of modality. As a condition of retaining its regional SACSCOC accreditation, EGSC is publishing its written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses and programs.
Approach and Procedure
To protect the privacy of all students, including distance learning students, EGSC supports and complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. EGSC makes the text of the FERPA act available to all constituents via the EGSC website and publications such as the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.
At enrollment, all EGSC students are issued a unique student identification number. This student ID becomes the unique identifier for the student throughout his/her academic career at the College. The College also issues each student a unique EGSC email address.
Through the unique student identification number or the student email address, along with a password, the student is able to access systems such as Banner (student information system), Catmail (student email system), D2L (learning management system), etc.
In a similar fashion, college personnel are also issued unique login credentials for all EGSC systems. In the event of EGSC personnel no longer being employed by the school, the former employee's accounts are disabled to prevent access.