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Welcome to the Distance Education page at Gaston College! We use the course management system, Blackboard, for online courses, hybrid courses, and seated traditional courses enhanced with online resources. Students enrolled in these courses will have the opportunity to complete their coursework in one of the top e-learning systems in the world!

Of course, you can still access Blackboard directly by going to the Blackboard login page. You should bookmark that page (http://gcvlc.blackboard.com) because not only will it ensure quick access, but if the Gaston College site goes down, you will still be able to access your Blackboard course(s).

What is Distance Education?

Distance education provides educational opportunities for students who are separated from the instructor by time and/or physical distance.

Gaston College offers two main types of distance education courses:

Internet courses meet online, where students receive lessons, complete assignments, and communicate in a virtual classroom. Students must have regular access to a computer and the internet; have good computer skills; work independently; and be self-motivated. Internet courses have a text; have a schedule for completing online assignments; and require a minimum of 2-4 hours of independent study per course credit hour. Generally students are NOT required to come to campus, however, some Internet courses may require proctored tests/presentations or labs to complete the course.

Hybrid courses meet onsite and online, as designated on the course schedule. While these courses utilize some of the same technologies as Internet courses, students also attend some face-to-face sessions.

If you are thinking of enrolling in a course that uses Blackboard, or even if you are already enrolled in one, the links to the left will give you the information you need to get started.

Blackboard Student Orientation

For an overview of what a Blackboard course could look like check out our Blackboard Student Orientation course. 

Username: online2
Password: student

Remember this is a sample course! 

See a Sample of an Online Course

For an overview of what an online course may look like at Gaston College use the login information below:

Sample Course: OST 252 Legal Transcription I

Username: gconlinestudent
Password: gcStudent

(Username and Password are case sensitive) 



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