Distance Learning

Getting Started

If you are you interested in taking Online or Hybrid Classes at HGTC, your first step is to take our READI assessment and score 70 or higher in order to register for Online Classes, or you must have successfully completed CPT 101, AOT 105, or CPT 170, or equivalent courses.

The assessment will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

To take the assessment:

  1. Be sure that you are already admitted as a student at HGTC. (If not, submit your HGTC application and application fee, submit high school, GED, and college transcripts, if available, and take the HGTC Placement Test, unless you meet other Placement requirements).
  2. Register to take the READI Test at any of our Testing Centers.
  3. Go to the HGTC Testing Center on any campus and have your H-Number and photo identification with you.

If this is your first online course, you should ask yourself these questions: 

  • Can I learn without being part of a group?
  • Am I a person who often gets things done ahead of time? 
  • Do I enjoy researching and solving a problem? 
  • Do I figure out instructions without help from instructors? 
  • Do I schedule my time to meet deadlines? 
  • Do I have time to study and read to be prepared for tests? 
  • Am I comfortable with computer technology? 
  • Am I a good reader who can usually understand what I read? 
  • Do I have the time and transportation to visit campus for tests? 
  • Can I budget my time for class requirements? 

If you answered "yes" to these questions, you're a good candidate for online courses.  If not, you should discuss your selection with your advisor and consider traditionally offered classes.

Next, be sure that you have access to the equipment needed for an online class.  If you do not own a computer, you may use College equipment (during the operating hours of the College) or make arrangements to use computers at your work, your local public library, or that of a friend.  

Student Responsibilities

  • Understand the attendance policy for each class.
  • Understand the rationale for communication with the professor and the necessity of meeting deadlines for contacts, tests, and submission of assignments.
  • Communicate with the professor promptly when problems affecting attendance, meeting deadlines, or change in enrollment status occur.
  • Be committed to completing assignments and fulfilling obligations to the professor and other students, as required by the class.
  • Show respect for the professor and other students in all communications, whether in person, on-line, or by phone.
  • Consult the College Catalog for information regarding policies and procedures regarding financial aid, attendance, refunds, and other related matters.
  • "Acceptable Use Policy for Network Services and the Internet"
  • Responsibility: Vice President for Technology & Institutional Planning

D2L (Desire to Learn)

D2L is the HGTC student portal for online courses. Access to D2L is through WaveNet, which requires your HGTC User Name and Password. If you have any problems with access to WaveNet or D2L, seek assistance immediately by notifying the Help Desk.

Be sure to watch the video "Learning to Navigate D2L" located in WaveNet under the Student Services Tab.

To Start the Class 

You MUST establish contact with your professor within the FIRST 5 class days of the semester – failure to do so may cause you to be dropped from the course. You must do so by logging on to D2L to read the class syllabus to determine the directions for starting the course. If there are no directions or you are unsure what to do, you should send an e-mail to the professor to identify the course you’re taking and to ask for information on the class.   If you are unsuccessful in reaching your professor, contact the Help Desk or (843) 349-5340. Do NOT wait for the professor to contact you!

You are still responsible for any tuition and fees if you have not requested assistance and resolved online access issues within the first two weeks of class.

To Progress in the Course

 You should log into your course no less than  once every week and on any other dates listed in your course syllabus or required by your professor. You should submit work and take tests by the deadlines established. If you fail to meet deadlines or miss making contact with your professor for a week, the professor may drop you for “absences.” It is your responsibility to keep your professor informed about your participation in the class. If you must miss a deadline or a logon, notify the professor in advance.

If you Cannot Complete the Course

If you find that you’re unable to complete a course, notify the professor immediately by e-mail or by phone. Also, you should go to MyRegistration Tools under the MyStudent Tab in your WaveNet account to withdraw from the class. Please pay attention to the withdraw and refund deadlines printed in the academic calendar. Depending on the time of the semester, dropping a class may affect your financial aid eligibility. You should check with the Financial Aid Office before you drop a class!!

REMEMBER:An online class is a class! You attend online class by logging on, completing assignments, and submitting information.

If you do not attend, you will be dropped for excessive absences and you may be liable for financial aid overpayments. To prevent overpayments, follow the procedures stated above.