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Online Learning Readiness & Success Course

Assess your online learning  readiness and develop skills to help you succeed online in this 100% free, self-paced course!

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Welcome to the dynamic world of online learning at GCSC, where education meets you wherever you are! We endeavor to  break down barriers and bring the GCSC experience directly to your fingertips, no matter your location or schedule.

Discover a wealth of resources tailored to sharpen your skills and ensure your success in this digital age. While our online courses offer unparalleled flexibility, they also demand self-discipline and effective time management, alongside reliable technology.

Join us on this exciting journey of learning and growth. Unleash your potential with GCSC online learning – where your educational aspirations know no bounds!

Web-classes are assessed $15 per credit hour

For more information about online courses and programs, please  connect with advising.

Not all degree programs are available online

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Information about program requirements and courses is in the Catalog.

Search for online courses during registration. Courses are listed by semester, and not all courses are offered every semester.


Students can receive assistance with logging on or navigating Lighthouse, Canvas, Respondus, Zoom, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Although some features of Canvas can be accessed from a tablet or mobile device (Chromebook, iPad, Android tablet, cell phone, etc.), a reliable computer and Internet connection are necessary for you to complete the majority of your Canvas coursework.

It is important that students have the most current operating systems and browsers installed on their devices in order for any additional software (Zoom, Respondus Lockdown Browser, etc.) to function properly. For assistance, contact the GCSC Information Technology Services (ITS) at 850-913-3303.

Printing can be done on campus in computer labs and the library using the Papercut system.


Taking proctored tests and assignments for your online classes is an important part of ensuring academic integrity. Many online courses use Respondus Monitor with Respondus Lockdown Browser to allow you to take proctored exams remotely. If necessary, you can utilize the GCSC Testing Centers for free. Please note that while GCSC Testing Centers offer this service without charge, other testing centers may impose a proctoring fee which is not reimbursed by GCSC. Your professor will specify the type of testing required for each class. If you have any concerns or questions about proctored exams, feel free to reach out to the GCSC Testing Center for support.

Our dedicated team of librarians and library staff are here to support your academic journey with a range of online library services and resources. Access our extensive electronic resources, from databases to e-books and streaming videos, anytime, anywhere - they're available 24/7. If you have questions or need assistance with research, don't hesitate to reach out to Ask a Librarian via live chat or email. For additional support and information, check out our Quick Start Library Guide and explore our online library. Your success is our priority, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

At GCSC, personalized support is at the heart of our commitment to your success. Each student is matched with a dedicated Pathway Navigator, tailored to your academic pathway. Booking a virtual or in-person appointment is easy - simply click 'Schedule an Appointment' under your assigned Pathway Navigator's name. Your Pathway Navigator is here to assist you via phone, email, and other communication channels, providing guidance every step of the way.

Additionally, during your first semester, you'll be paired with a faculty advisor aligned with your chosen major or area of study. Your faculty advisor will collaborate with you to craft a customized degree plan, ensuring you're equipped with the knowledge of all necessary requirements for graduation. Your success is our priority, and we're here to support you throughout your academic journey.

Feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about your academic journey? Remember, you're not alone. Our counseling services are here to offer support and guidance whenever you need it. For non-emergency situations, reach out to our counselors at or call 850-769-1551 ext. 4861.

If you've faced setbacks that have left you questioning your path in college, don't hesitate to contact the Counseling Center. Our dedicated team is here to provide you with the direction and support you need to navigate through these challenging times. Your well-being is important to us, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

At GCSC, we're dedicated to ensuring that every student has equal access to educational opportunities and resources. Our Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) team is here to support you in achieving your academic, career, and personal goals. Whether you face challenges in the classroom or beyond, SAR is committed to providing assistance and accommodations tailored to your needs.

If you experience difficulties in your coursework, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Contact the SAR team to explore the support options available to you. Your success is our priority, and we're here to help you thrive in your academic journey.



Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.