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eMajor is a University System of Georgia program that has delivered flexible, online degree programs through multiple USG institutions since 2012. The purpose of eMajor is to provide quality, innovative, high-demand programs through traditional institutions. Developed and maintained by committed faculty and dedicated instructional design professionals, each course is consistent in quality, design, and accessibility standards and taught by University System of Georgia instructors. A cornerstone of eMajor is the inclusion of prior learning assessments in several programs, shortening time to degree.
PLA is a process through which students identify areas of relevant learning from their past experiences and demonstrate that learning through appropriate documentation, which is assessed for potential academic credit relative to specific course objectives.
Broadly speaking, one of the goals of higher education is to prepare responsible, reflective citizens who adapt constructively to change. Higher education also helps students become critical thinkers and problem solvers in an ever-changing world.
Students acquire learning from a variety of sources outside the traditional classroom. Students may then earn appropriate credit towards a degree for verifiable college-level learning acquired through life or work experience, not for the experience itself. Students who acquire the level of knowledge that meets the expectations and the learning outcomes of a specific course may receive credit for that course, provided the students can demonstrate proficiency in that specific course.
A total of thirty (30) semester hours may be earned through any combination of credit by departmental examination, national standardized examinations, correspondence courses, extension work, advanced placement and PLA by portfolio. For additional information on how to obtain Prior Learning Assessment credits, please consult with your home institution regarding PLA policies.
eMajor is designed to expand a student’s educational experiences independent of time, location, and physical boundaries. eMajor courses are taught completely online; students are never required to meet face-to-face with their instructors. However, students will have plenty of opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow students in the virtual environment.
Each online eMajor class has a syllabus and schedule to follow. Just as in a class taught on campus, instructors specify the content to be covered, dates for exams and quizzes, individual and group assignments and other activities that students must complete by a specified date.
It is important to remember that these classes are not like independent study or self-paced courses. eMajor courses are very similar to traditional on-campus classes, with the exception that the courses are taught on the Internet; therefore, one cannot start and stop at any time. Students are part of a class, and classmates will count on one another to be active contributors. eMajor offers two program models: a collaborative program and a single institution program. Depending on the program, classes may be collaborative and include students located throughout Georgia, in other states, and possibly from other countries, or classes may consist of students from a single institution. Active participation takes place through the discussion area, which will be covered in detail later in this guide.
All students must log in to their eMajor course within the first week the class is available online. It is strongly recommended that students login on the first day of class.