Getting Started with Online Learning


Seven Steps to Getting Started with Online Learning:

1. Make sure that you have Chrome or Firefox browser on your computer. These are the preferred browsers for D2L. You can download them for free here: Firefox Free Download:   or the Chrome Free Download: 

2. Make sure that you can log into Brightspace by D2L. Go to the Gordon State webpage: and scroll to the bottom of the page. Choose "Brightspace by D2L". Log in with your Gordon email username, and do not include Use your current Gordon email password. If your log in doesn't work, reset your Gordon email password here:

3. Download Office 365 if it is not already on your computer. If you do not have  the programs included in Office 365 (Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, etc…) on your computer, consider downloading it using your Gordon email here: You can download Office 365 on up to five devices, including PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.

4. Check your Gordon email by going to the Gordon State College website,, scroll to the bottom of the screen and choose "Gordon Email." Also consider downloading the Microsoft Outlook app onto your iOS Apple or Android phone, smart device or tablet and log in so you can receive emails from that platform as well.

5. If you do not have consistent access to a laptop or computer, download the Brightspace by D2L Pulse app. This mobile version is available for iOS and Android devices and is free and available in all app stores. This will enable you to receive up to date announcements right from your phone or tablet.

6. If you need assistance: Contact your professor by GSC email, if the question is about the content of the course. If the question is technical and related to D2L, please send an email to: Please make sure to include your name, the course/section, the professor's name and a clear description of the issue.

7. If you are unfamiliar with D2L, check out these online resources and video tutorials: 

In order to be successful in online courses at GSC, students are encouraged to navigate D2L before the classes begin, and above all remain engaged with your instructors and classmates by checking your email and D2L daily!

GSC Advisement
You will have a GSC academic advisor assigned to you. You must contact your academic advisor prior to registration to be unlocked! This happens every semester around midterm.

eCore Online Introduction and Quiz
Before you can register for an eCore course, you must first complete the eCore Online Introduction and quiz here. Upon completion of the cCore Online Orientation and Quiz, you will receive follow-up registration instructions. You only need to do this quiz ONCE, then you will be able to register for eCore classes every semester afterwards once you are unlocked by your advisor.

eCore Welcome and Registration Letter
Watch for this letter which will be emailed to your GSC Email address beginning two weeks before classes start. This letter contains information on how to login, how to access textbooks, how to get help, and other important course information. It is important for you to try your login information BEFORE classes start, and that you make arrangements to have your course materials available BEFORE classes start.

GSC Registration
Log into your GSC Bannerweb account and register for your courses.