The Online Learning Experience
Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) is one of North Carolina’s leaders in providing individual online courses, as well as fully-online degree programs. Our students are afforded the opportunity to complete course work in a way that meets today’s demanding schedules and fulfills the educational requirements of this challenging economy. For many students, our degree programs are the first step to a four-year college/university degree and the first step in their future career goals.
While online courses offer convenience, they are fully as comprehensive as seated courses and create unique challenges for students and their families. Self-motivation, the ability to follow instructions, and basic computer skills are crucial for the successful distance learner.
At VGCC, we strive to provide the highest quality instruction for all students, traditional and online. Through responsive support services, we ensure that our online learners have all the tools needed to meet their educational goals and build a brighter future.
Online Course & Program Options at VGCC
The path to a college degree may be different for each student. Some students may want to take all of their classes in the traditional classroom, some may want to be fully online, and others may want a combination of the two. Regardless of which path may be right for you, VGCC can meet your needs with a variety of course options to fit your goals and objectives.
To locate course offerings at VGCC visit class schedules on our website and meet with your advisor to schedule your classes.
The following programs can be completed 100% online!
The above programs, as well as other programs, may offer both online, and traditional face-to-face courses.
Other Programs & Their Online Components
An online component is incorporated into each of VGCC’s traditional classrooms offering you the opportunity to experience online learning while having the support of a face-to-face instructor. Participating in these classes provides you the chance to see how online courses may fit into your future college experience.
For students needing flexibility in their schedules a blend of traditional classes and online classes may work best. Taking some courses online may mean you can work from the comfort of your own home as needed, while still allowing you the opportunity to take some courses on campus. Flexibility, combined with the resources offered on campus could make this a good option for you.
VGCC courses are asynchronous — meaning you don’t have to attend online classes at a specific time although some instructors may offer virtual classes that are scheduled at a set meeting time. There are also required assignment deadlines. Each course is outlined in a syllabus located in the Step 1 on your Moodle course’s main page. This syllabus tool provides instructor information along with course description, units and methods of instruction, grading policy, attendance policy, and the course objectives. You’ll complete a variety of weekly assignments; such as readings, discussions, and group activities, as well as exams and other activities designed to enhance the learning experience. Online learning offers you the flexibility to study at the times most convenient to your schedule. You should plan to spend 4 to 8 hours per week per course depending on the credit hours to enhance educational success.
- Self-Motivation: You will need to log-in daily to your online classes to find information about assignments and to ask for help when needed.
- Self-discipline: Even though online classes are flexible and have no set meeting times, you will have weekly due dates. You need to be able to meet these due dates and not get behind.
- Time Management: Some falsely believe online classes do not take up as much study time as traditional face-to-face classes. The truth is, online classes take up just as much, if not more, time than face-to-face classes. You will need to dedicate at least 6-9 hours a week for each 3 credit hour class (e.g., if you are taking 12 credit hours, you will need to spend 72-108 hours per week of study time).
- Excellent Reading & Writing skills: With online classes your learning is done independently and much of what is learned is through assigned readings and writings. Online classes usually require more reading and writing than face-to-face classes.
- Good Computer Skills: You must be able to send and receive e-mails, know how to send an e-mail with an attachment, navigate web pages, and use computer software such as a word processing program.
- Reliable Computer: you must have access to a computer that meets all the technical requirements and has dependable Internet access
To help you decide if online learning is right for you evaluate your online readiness by completing the Readiness Assessment, which will help measure how prepared you are for online learning.Are You Ready for Online Learning Assessment?
Based on the outcome of your assessment choose the online environment that best suits your abilities from the class options on the pageGuide to Course Names & Numbers.
- Before you can take an online course, you must follow VGCC’s admissions, testing, and registration process. To begin this process go to VGCC’s Office of Admissions
- Once you have completed step one, you will go to the Vanguard ID webpage on our website to set up your VanguardID. Your VanguardID will also allow you to access your VGCC email and serve as your Moodle username and password.
- Log into Moodle and complete the VGCC Introduction to Moodle Course to help you prepare for online course work. Students are encouraged to complete this orientation prior to taking an online course. The orientation is designed to help familiarize you with VGCC’s Moodle course navigation and tools. This orientation is free and there is no “Pass or Fail.” We just want to make sure that you are prepared for your online courses and to ensure your success in meeting your academic goals.
- To access your online classes, log into Moodle on your course start date. Your class will not be available in Moodle until the start date of your course! To find the start date, log into myVGCC and click on the link for “My Class Schedule”, select the correct term. The course start date should be under the course description.