Due to current health precautions, all courses are being taught remotely, online or in a hybrid remote/online format. But what does all that mean? Check out the video below for a short explanation then explore the resources at the bottom of the page.
Remote courses take the quality, in-person education students are used to receiving and brings it into their homes on pre-scheduled days and times. In the course schedule, there will be meeting days and times listed when the course will be taught synchronously on a platform such as Zoom.
If you enjoyed the interaction of an in-person class or do best when your learning is kept on a specific schedule, remote courses are the best choice for you.
With campus being closed, many more classes than usual are being offered in an online format. These online courses allow you to work on your own time, asynchronously. These may be a great option if you need flexibility in your day due to work, child care, elder care, or other responsibilities.
Hybrid courses will be a combination of remote synchronous learning and online asynchronous learning. This may be the best choice if you want some weekly connection with your professor and classmates but also some flexibility.
Visit GCC's Distance Education page for more information on these types of courses.
Many students are used to coming to campus to learn. Taking their courses in person, utilizing the library and Learning Center, meeting up with friends for a relaxing break or to work on group projects. In a time of coronavirus, we have all had to shift much of our work and socializing to online platforms accessed from our homes. Adapting to this new socially distant environment can be challenging so we've compiled a few helpful tips.
*DSPS students who may need additional support to achieve a successful learning experience with the non-classroom environment may contact the Center for Students with Disabilities 818-240-1000 ext. 5905 to speak with a counselor who can make the appropriate assessments, referrals, or accommodations or click the button below.
- Time management: When every day can feel like a weekend, its helpful to have a daily schedule and set daily or weekly goals.
- Keep track of all your remote synchronous class meetings in a digital or paper planner
- Include instructor office hours so you know when you can get real time help
- Schedule time for homework and studying
- Stay on course by writing down due dates for projects and test dates
- Active Learning: Without the classroom environment, staying focused can be a challenge. While distractions are inevitable, staying active will help you stay on task.
- Be present in your remote learning sessions
- Ask questions and participate when asked
- Use break out rooms to get to know your classmates and stay engaged in group assignments
- Don't forget to keep your microphone muted unless you are participating
- Keep your camera on when you can; it will help you stay in the moment
- Close other programs and browser windows so you are not interrupted by notifications
- Learning Connections: Don't let physical distance guidelines stop you from getting support and staying involved with the campus community.
- Connect with classmates and form online study groups
- Attend online ASGCC events to enhance your feeling of connection to GCC and your fellow classmates
- Attend your instructors office hours or reach out to them directly
- Utilize tutoring and supplemental instruction when available
Learning remotely or online necessitates a certain level of technology and internet access. Below are some recommendations of equipment that will allow you to interact to the fullest in your remote learning, online or hybrid courses. GCC has resources available to support you in obtain technology if needed.
- PC or Mac desktop, laptop or tablet
- a phone may be used for some necessary functions however a computer or tablet may be better for completing tests, projects, papers and other assignments
- Webcam and microphone (built in or external)
- Online access
- decent internet connection (able to watch Netflix/YouTube)
- access to your GCC email, Canvas, Zoom
- Headphones or headset with microphone for better sound during Zoom meetings
In need of equipment?
GCC has technology to lend out. Please fill out a request form so we can provide the necessary equipment as soon as possible.
Taking an art class? Wondering how you can remotely play the piano? Don't own your own soldering iron? Signed up for a culinary arts class but don't have all the ingredients?
At GCC we have a unique array of classes, some of which require special equipment and materials. We are doing our best to provide all the necessities so that you can learn to the fullest while at home. Visit the links below to find out how to obtain these speciality items. If you don't see the information for a certain class, please reach out directly to the instructor.
**This list will be updated on a regular basis.
ESL - English Second Language Division
Health Sciences Division
Language Arts Division
Physical Science Division
Social Science Division
Technology and Aviation Division
Visual and Performing Arts Division
- Keyboards can be obtained for remote Piano courses: request
- The Film, TV & Media Arts Department will be offering specific production equipment for checkout and access to free software. A Lab Technician will also be available to assist you in downloading and managing equipment software for your computer, iPad or phone.
Independent Study Forms
If you are taking an Independent Study, the forms can be downloaded here.
Noncredit English as a Second Language
Noncredit Business Division
- Adult Basic Skills Education
- Lifelong Learning Seminars
- Parent Education
- Short Term Vocational