Our online language courses will:
- Provide two-year, college-level language instruction in Chinese, Japanese and Russian and give you the same college credits as regular on-ground courses if you are a college student. Non-GT college students or college graduates need to be admitted as a non-degree-seeking special/transient student . (See Class Registration Info for more details.) High school students can take our courses through DLPE (no academic credits) if spaces are available, but ask your language instructor if they accept high school students.
- Combine both asynchronous and synchronous instructions.
You do individual work on materials on our Website AND attend fully voice-enabled interactive Wimba Classroom sessions every week to practice your conversation skills with an instructor and peers.
- Thanks to the small class sizes, you will get more personal attention during the Wimba Classroom sessions than those in regular classes.
- The class content taught online is equivalent to the class content taught in regular, on-ground courses. GT Students can take online courses and then go on to take other regular, more advanced courses.
- For more information on personal traits or habits that might not work for our online courses, click here.
To join our online courses, you need to:
- Have a computer with a full administrator access running Windows XP,Vista or 7 or Mac OS 10.7 or higher. (Linux may work but they are not supported.) Public lab computers often do not work since you are not allowed to change their configurations as needed.
- Have broadband Internet connection (DSL/Cable or better). No dial-up connection is accepted since it will slow down the class progress for everyone.
- Install FireFox. (See Step 2 on the left for details.)
- Connect a microphone headset to your computer to talk with your instructor and classmates. No built-in speakers are allowed because they will create feedback-loop echoes/noises.
- Some homework is required to be handwritten, and you need a scanner (or a digital camera if the image quality and file size are acceptable) to scan such homework and upload the files to the designated Website. (You are NOT allowed to hand-deliver or surface-mail/fax your hardcopy homework or submit it by email without prior consent from your instructor.)
- If your computer's audio fails during Wimba Classroom and if you cannot fix the audio issues in time, you must call Wimba's simulcast phone number (Phone number and the PIN are available once you enter Wimba Classroom) in order to continue. Make sure you can use your cell phone or you have authorized access to make a long-distance phone call from the room you are connecting to Wimba Classroom.
- If you cannot take mid-term and final exams on campus, you need to find an exam proctor (e.g., Usually your supervisor or facilitator who agrees to follow our procedures; No family members, relatives or friends are allowed.) and receive your instructor's approval.
You need to enroll in one of our online courses to receive your login information. The following are the steps to enable your computer to access our online courses. Click on each of the links on the left. The purpose of each step is as follows:
your computer to display/input Asian languages For Russian,
skip this step and contact your instructor.
Install Java and configure
your browser for T-Square for Chinese and Japanese courses. For Russian courses, you also need to configure your browser to work with GeorgiaVIEW Vista.
|This step is for Russian course students only.
Access GT's T-Square for Wimba Classroom.
Access USG's GeorgiaVIEW Vista for other content.
|Install Wimba Classroom software.
If you register late, sometimes your registration information does not reach us in time for the first live Wimba
Classroom. Sometimes this also happens if we don't have your email address or if your email address is input incorrectly during the administration process. If you have completed your registration but have not heard from us by the first week of semester, please email your instructor (Contact info links on upper right of this page) for further information (Don't forget to mention which online course you have registered.)
- Special students (non-GT college students or college graduates): You will receive an admission notice from GT Admission Office. It explains how to register online to obtain your initial user ID (GT login ID) and GT email address in order to login to the GT services (includig our online language course content). You need to do this by yourself, and if you have any problems, contact the Admission Office. Instructors cannot help you with obtaining your initial user ID.
- Online Chinese and Japanese course students only: Everything can be accessed through GT's T-Square. You only need the initial username (GT login ID) and password to access these courses.
- Online Russian course students only: Your courses are separated into two platforms---GT's T-Square for Wimba Classroom and USG's GeorgiaVIEW Vista for the rest of the course content. Your instructor will create your second login account to access USG's GeorgiaVIEW Vista (usually the same user ID but a different password). If we have your Georgia Tech email address, your instructor will send your login information for USG's GeorgiaVIEW Vista to that address. Please make sure you check your GT email address frequently. If we don't have your GT email address, we will send it to your original email address you supply at the time of registration (if it is known). Make sure your email is working. Many email messages bounce back because of errors on your side (e.g., Mailbox full, etc.).
- If you get "The requested resource (/sakai-login-tool/) is not available." error, you bookmarked the login-tool page of T-Square. Go to http://t-square.gatech.edu/ to access T-Square and bookmark only this page, not the resulting login-tool page.