Dr. Melanie Clay, Executive Director and Dean of USG eCore
The Office of Extended Learning has responsibility for the administration of the Distance and Distributed Education (UWG Online), UWG Newnan, eCore, Continuing Education, and various off-campus instructional sites. It also provides administrative support for other off-campus graduate and undergraduate courses and programs. The offices of Extended Learning are located on the Carrollton campus and at UWG Newnan.
By providing support for fully online and partially online courses and programs, UWG Online (administered by the Distance and Distributed Education Center) makes higher education a possibility for those who face obstacles to taking undergraduate or graduate courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. UWG seeks to extend the ability to earn credit toward a degree or certification program to those whose life circumstances, such as work, family, or distance, make attending face-to-face traditional classes impractical. Through distance learning (online learning), students can attend class whenever and wherever is convenient to them, with just the use of a computer and an internet connection. UWG was one of the first public schools in the state to offer online classes in 1997. Today, our diverse student population is spread across the country and internationally.
Our online courses are web-based and allow students to interact with the instructor and other students through discussion boards, email, and other various online tools. Course notes, assignments, projects and grades are delivered using an online course management tool referred to as CourseDen (Brightspace powered by Desire2Learn). Some courses incorporate live sessions through two-way live videoconferencing technologies or other synchronous technologies.
Many of our online courses are fully online and do not require students to travel to our campus or other instructional sites. However, some courses may be only partially online and may require you to travel to the main campus or other sites for an orientation, exams, or meetings. Be sure to check the ‘instructional method’ listed beside each course section in Banweb (the public course bulletin). Some instructors may require students to take proctored exams which can be taken at any approved testing center world-wide. Additional proctored testing site fees may apply and tuition rates may be different. Review the special instructions noted in the online course bulletin and reference your bill carefully.
Online learning generally provides considerable freedom, allowing students to often choose when and where they’ll participate in class activities. But at the same time, UWG|Online courses are not typically independent study or self-paced courses where students work by themselves or at their own pace. Each course has a syllabus and schedule to follow. Instructors specify the content to be covered in the course, dates for exams and quizzes, individual and group assignments and other activities that students must complete by a particular date. Student who do not login and participate by the initial participation deadline may be dropped for non-participation.
Online Core Courses - UWG offers options to meet all core course requirements completely online. Some of these online core courses are designed and taught exclusively by instructors at UWG while others may be part of a state-wide initiative referred to as eCore (electronic core). eCore courses may include students from other University System of Georgia schools and may be taught by non-UWG instructors. Start dates, end dates, policies and procedures may be different for eCore than for other UWG courses. See http://ecore.westga.edu or contact 678-839-5300.
Upper-division Undergrad courses - Some upper-division courses may be offered fully at a distance or 94-99% online, requiring one face to face meeting, while some are offered partially at a distance or 51-94% online. Others may be listed as Entirely at a Distance or 100% online. Always be sure to check the special instructions noted on the public course bulletin site: http://banweb.westga.edu
Online undergraduate degree program:
Though many upper-level undergraduate courses are offered partially, fully or entirely at a distance, UWG offers several hybrid programs, including a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Real Estate. Four undergraduate programs available completely online - the Bachelor of Science in Criminology, the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, the Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Sociology. In order to create the most convenient schedule possible, the undergraduate online programs are also taught on-campus and allow students to enroll in both online and face-to-face courses. See http://uwgonline.westga.edu/bachelors-degrees.php.
Other online offerings:
UWG offers many other online degree programs and courses at the graduate and certificate levels. Online degree offerings, services and information for online students, and additional details are available at UWG Online (http://uwgonline.westga.edu).
A primary function of UWG Online/Distance and Distributed Education Center is to provide support services and training for faculty members and students participating in these courses. The Center also provides opportunities for collaboration and research for those who manage and administer Distance and Distributed Education programs throughout the nation through its online academic journal, its online non-credit certificate program, and its annual conference. For more information about Distance or Distributed Education (UWG Online), please visit the Honors House, telephone 678-839-6248, or visit http://uwgonline.westga.edu
For a complete description of student services, see the UWG Online Student Guide at: http://uwgonline.westga.edu/online-student-guide.php.
Distance and Distributed Education
Distributed Education is the term used to describe alternative learning environments whereby faculty draw on appropriate technology to provide instruction outside of the traditional classroom. The distributed model can be used in combination with traditional classroom-based courses or it can be used to create distance education courses, in which most learning occurs independent of time and/or place. In the University System of Georgia, if more than 50 percent of instruction in a course is delivered via distance technologies, it is classified as a Distance Education course.
The University offers credit classes and degree programs to students at times and locations outside of the traditional classroom. The University of West Georgia was one of the first institutions in the University System of Georgia to offer partially, fully or entirely at a distance credit courses, courses which utilize the internet to deliver course materials and assignments, and to facilitate discussion and other appropriate interactions. Distance or Distributed credit offerings are currently delivered partially, fully or entirely at a distance, through two-way live videoconferencing, or through a combination of these technologies. They are primarily delivered online through CourseDen (http://westga.view.usg.edu). Online degree offerings, services and information for online students, and additional details are available at UWG Online (http://uwgonline.westga.edu).
The Board of Regents approved and established a University of West Georgia off-campus center in Newnan, GA, in August 1988. The University began offering courses in the Georgia Power Company’s Shenandoah Environment & Education Center in 1990. In 1998, Coweta County purchased the Shenandoah Center from Georgia Power as a permanent location for the University’s exclusive use. In 2009, the Shenandoah Center was presented as a gift from Coweta County to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the University of West Georgia. The University utilized this site in the Shenandoah Industrial Park for 25 years.
In the summer of 2015, UWG Newnan relocated to 80 Jackson Street in downtown Newnan into the historic Newnan Hospital which was renovated for University use. The $15M project was spearheaded by the City of Newnan in collaboration with Newnan Hospital, Inc., the University of West Georgia, USG Board of Regents, and Coweta County Commission. The new building includes a 120-seat lecture hall, classrooms, computer labs, science labs, seminar rooms, study areas, and nursing skills and simulation labs.
In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, UWG offers undergraduate courses in the University’s core curriculum at UWG Newnan. The renovated facility will provide access to over 3,000 students and allow expansion of current programs and addition of new ones, such as full or partial programs in criminology, undergraduate business, sociology and psychology. Through the ACCEL program, high-performing high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to “Go West Early” and enroll in core classes at UWG Newnan while still in high school. UWG also offers graduate degrees in Newnan: Master of Business Administration and the Ed. S. in Educational Leadership.
UWG Newnan is a test proctoring site for eCore classes, UWG Online, and for online courses from other universities. For more information, visit the Test Proctoring page on the UWG Newnan website (http://www.westga.edu/newnan/2341_2385.php).
The requirements for admission to UWG Newnan are the same as admission to the University. Applicants for undergraduate admission must consult the “Admissions” section in this catalog. Graduate students should see the Graduate Catalog for admission requirements for the Graduate School and the particular requirements of the degree program for which they are applying. The catalogs and applications are available online.
The course schedule for UWG Newnan is viewable on the University’s class bulletin each semester. Links to the Newnan section of the class bulletin can be found on the Center’s website (www.westga.edu/newnan). Registration for UWG Newnan courses is conducted in the same way as for courses on the main campus. Students may register on Banweb during scheduled registration time. For more information, visit the Registrar’s website (www.westga.edu/registrar).
Advising for eCore classes, and some general advising are offered at UWG Newnan. In addition, advisors from College of Education, RCOB, Tanner Health System School of Nursing, and Dual Enrollment may periodically schedule advising days at Newnan. For more information, visit the Advisement page on the UWG Newnan website (http://www.westga.edu/newnan/2341_2624.php).