Support for Online Student Success
Gadsden State faculty members employ current technologies to provide innovative curriculum and excellent instruction. Whether you are a current or prospective student facing time demands or restrictions on your travel, online learning at Gadsden State means access to an abundance of high-quality educational opportunities. Gadsden State is committee to meeting the needs of students seeking alternative delivery options that are affordable and convenient. The following programs will assist in the Distance Learning Program:
Blackboard Learn is Gadsden State's Learning Management System (LMS). A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration and delivery of educational content in a virtual format. Colleges and universities use LMSs to deliver online courses and augment on-campus courses. Instructors also use LMSs supplement their lessons and instruction that is being delivered in an on-campus classroom.
Many instructors at Gadsden State use Blackboard to enhance their courses. Contact the Gadsden State Help Desk if you're having difficulty accessing your Blackboard account.
You can also access Blackboard from your phone via the mobile apps!
Student Mobile App
Faculty Mobile App
Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser for taking exams in Blackboard. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL or accessing other applications during an assessment. If a Blackboard exam requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, the exam won't be accessible with a standard web browser. Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking examinations in Blackboard. It should not be used in other areas of Blackboard.
Respondus Monitor is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system.
Turnitin is the leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by millions of students and faculty, and thousands of institutions worldwide. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people’s written material. The service offers a complete web-based service to manage the process of submitting and tracking papers electronically, providing better—and faster—feedback to students.
Here’s how it works: An instructor sets up a class and an assignment in the Turnitin service. Students or instructors then submit papers to Turnitin via file upload or cut and paste. Turnitin’s proprietary software then compares the paper’s text to a vast database of 12+ billion pages of digital content (including archived internet content that is no longer available on the live web) as well as over 110 million papers in the student paper archive, and 80,000+ professional, academic and commercial journals and publications. Learn more about Turnitin here.
Gadsden State has an online student portal that gives student a single login to access a variety of tools for managing their student experience. myGadsdenState is a web interface that gives students direct access to their student email, the learning management system known as Blackboard Learn and Self Service Banner, which is the student information system. On Self Service Banner, students can register for classes and access academic and financial records such as grades, class schedules and financial aid information.
How do I access the myGadsdenState Portal?
Once cleared through admissions, you should receive an email to your personal email address (the one provided to the college on your application) with your login credentials. If cleared through admissions and you did not receive your login credentials, click here or click the "First Time Users" link on my.gadsdenstate.edu. Enter your "G Number" (a G# is your student identification at Gadsden State), your last name (case sensitive), and your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY). Your user name and temporary password will be emailed to the personal email address provided during the application process.
If you still do not receive your username and password, please contact the Help Desk. (Please Note: You do not need to use the First Time Users link if you received an email with your credentials. If you already have your credentials, you may login with the credentials from the email.)
Use your previous login credentials. Once you have your login credentials, log in to MyGadsdenState using your username and password. Set up your security questions and change your password.
Please note that your MyGadsdenState username is your first initial, last name & four numbers before the @ symbol in your student email address.
Wifi Access Information
Students who would like to use the campus wi-fi must connect to GSCC-SA network. When the login screen appears, enter your MyGadsdenState username and password.
Student Email and Office 365 Access Information
The Student Email/Office 365 link can be accessed through the MyGadsdenState portal or the direct link is at the top of the Gadsden State homepage. Your user name is your full email address (which is your MyGadsdenState login with @gadsdenstate.edu - for example email@example.com) and the password is the same as your MyGadsdenState password.
Forgot Password or Need Help?
Go to my.gadsdenstate.edu and click Reset Password (in order to do this, you must have previously setup your security questions).
Contact Help Desk by clicking here or call (256) 549-8341.
Blackboard Learn is the learning management system for both on-campus and online courses. Students can access course materials at any time and from any computer with an Internet connection. Blackboard Learn allows instructors to manage all course materials online as well, including posting documents, making announcements, sending email, creating online assessments and more. Students can access course documents, send files and access grades directly. Course materials are available at any time from any location, allowing students to learn when and where they choose.
Please use the information below for assistance with Blackboard Learn.
Please note: Courses do not populate in Blackboard for students prior to the first day of class each semester.
Blackboard Login Information
You can access Blackboard through your MyGadsdenState portal. However, if you would like to login to Blackboard directly, your username is only the portion of your student email before the "@" sign. Do not include @gadsdenstate.edu. example: username is jdoe9999.
If you do not know your student email, how to login into your MyGadsdenState portal, or need your password, please contact the Gadsden State Help Desk or call (256) 549-8341.
Student Guides for Blackboard Learn 9.1
Understand Blackboard better by understanding Blackboard's icons. Download the Blackboard Icons Glossary here.
IMPORTANT: Your instructor may require you to use Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB) and/or Respondus Monitor (RM) to take exams. If this is the case, you will need to download RLB and install it on your computer. RLB works just like any other web browser that you may use (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari, etc.). The difference is that once you begin your test, you may not use your computer for anything else until the test is submitted. This video shows you how to navigate to access your test, submit your answers, and how to view your grade and feedback. The navigation will be the same whether you're using RLB or any other web browser. Respondus Monitor means that your instructor will require you to use a webcam while you're taking your exam in RLB. The webcam instructions and recording will start automatically if you're instructor requires it. Your instructor will tell you whether or not he or she is using RLB or RM.
The Lockdown Browser allows secure test taking in Blackboard. It prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL or accessing other applications during a test. If a Blackboard test requires that the LockDown browser be used, students cannot take the test with a standard web browser. The test may also require students to have a webcam attached to their computer in order to proceed with the exam.
Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a secure browser for taking exams in Blackboard. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If a Blackboard exam requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, the exam won't be accessible with a standard web browser.
Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking examinations in Blackboard. It should not be used in other areas of Blackboard.
Respondus Monitor™ is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system.
To download and install Respondus LockDown Browser, click here. If you have difficulty, please read the user guides below or contact Derrick Griffey or Brandy Gilchrist in the Teaching & Learning Center.
Respondus LockDown Browser provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Macintosh) software that is already installed on the computer. It does not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that will display a custom browser when it is started. Respondus LockDown Browser uses the same security features and service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer or Safari. Installing Respondus LockDown Browser will not modify your current version of Internet Explorer or Safari in any way.
Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the correct version of Respondus LockDown Browser for your computer.
Once installed, follow these steps to start Respondus LockDown Browser and to take a Blackboard exam:
- Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
- Start Respondus LockDown Browser.
- (For Windows user locate the "LockDown Browser" shortcut on the desktop and double click it. Alternatively, click "Start" in Windows, select "Programs", select "Respondus", and then click "Respondus LockDown Browser".)
- (For Macintosh users, launch "LockDown Browser" from the Applications folder.)
- Upon starting, the browser will go to the login page for Blackboard.
- (A warning message may appear indicating that one or more applications must first be exited, such as instant messaging application. The browser will offer to close the applications for the user. Alternatively, the browser can be exited and the blocked application can be closed manually before restarting the browser.)
- Log into Blackboard by entering your User ID and Password. Select the appropriate course and then select the exam.
- If your instructor requires a test password, a new window will appear asking for the Exam Password. Enter the password and click Begin Exam.
- The test will then start.
- (Note: once a test has been started using Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit button is clicked.
ilos is a powerful and cloud-based video editing solution for education and training. It’s a reliable application that provides a streamlined, easy and effective way to empower instructors to impart knowledge via videos.
What is VidGrid?
Gadsden State uses VidGrid as its video capturing solution for instructors and students. VidGrid is a powerful and cloud-based video editing solution for education and training. It’s a reliable application that provides a streamlined, easy and most effective way to empower people in organizations to impart knowledge via videos. The platform is ideal for project managers, customer support teams, educators, trainers, and HR professionals.
What does VidGrid do?
Video capture, screen recording, hosting, analytics, and closed captioning inside one app. The Windows recorder is compatible with Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Guides for VidGrid Assistance
Didn't find what you were looking for? CLICK HERE to visit the "VidGrid (ilos) for Educators" Help Page.
Students needing technical assistance can contact the Help Desk here or call 256-549-8341.