Your World is Our Classroom!

Growing number of students choose to take advantage of online education to earn their degrees.

Advantages of Online Education

Live Locally, Learn Globally
 

*Balance school, work, church and family life with flexible scheduling options.

*Online learning allows a more student-centered teaching approach.

*Accelerated formats help you complete your degree quickly.

*GBS tuition continues to be one of the lowest among grace-oriented Bible colleges and seminaries.

What Makes a Successful Online Student? 

The online learning process is normally accelerated and requires commitment on the student’s part. Staying up with the class and completing all work on time is vital.

Like the facilitator, the online student possesses unique qualities.  In general, the online student should possess the following qualities:

1. Have access to a computer and Internet Service.

The course content and interaction are engaged by computer through the Internet. This is best accomplished with broadband service.

2. Commit to five to eight hours per week per course.

Online is not easier than the traditional educational process. In fact, many students note that while online learning may require more time and commitment than a course held on campus, their learning experiences are positive and worth the investment.

3. 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. Time management skills and self-discipline are also essential.

4. 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.

5. Communicate clearly and effectively through writing.

In the virtual classroom, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that you feel comfortable in expressing yourself in writing. Using the spell check, proper grammar, proofreading, correct citations, and clear sentences are essential skills in an online course.

6. Interact with classmates and faculty.

Many online faculty use the discussion board or chat to replicate a traditional classroom discussion.  Students who engage in an online discussion with classmates and their faculty tend to learn more than those who do not.  Students are encouraged to interact with classmates as much as possible.

7. “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. Faculty expect the student to contact them as soon as problems arise so that necessary help can be provided.  Students must reach out to faculty as early as possible if they need help.