Student Resources

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:

 

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Blackboard

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!

Blackboard Student application

Student Mobile App

Blackboard Faculty and Staff application

Faculty Mobile App

 


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Respondus

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.

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Turnitin

 

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?


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 jsmith5555@gadsdenstate.edu) 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). 

Need Help?

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.

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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

If you have any questions, please contact Derrick Griffey or Brandy Gilchrist in the GSCC Teaching & Learning Center. 

 

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.
 

Get Respondus Lockdown Browser


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.

 

 

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

Faculty Guides Student Guides
VidGrid Faculty Training Video Need to Record a Video for your Class?
Using the VidGrid "Guest Recorder"
Use VidGrid Just Like You Did with Panopto  
Give Students Access to Migrated Panopto Videos  
Editing Videos in VidGrid  
Organizing Your Videos in VidGrid  

Allowing Students to Record Videos & Using VidGrid
Video Quizzing in Blackboard

 


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.