The first few weeks at Georgian can be a confusing transition as you try to learn the Georgian lingo. Here is a helpful list of 10 must-know terms to get you started!
1. Student portal
The student portal is a central online hub where you go to access all of your student systems such as your student email, Blackboard, Banner and MyPath. Here you can see your timetable, manage your calendar, see Georgian news and announcements, check computer availability in the library and much more!
Banner is the student information system where you will register for courses/make changes to your timetable, review your fees, get your T2202 tax form, view your unofficial transcript, see your personal information and more.
Blackboard is the online system where you will find your Georgian courses including your course syllabus, grades, course announcements, assignments, discussion boards and more.
MyPath is an online academic planning tool that allows you to view your current course requirements, course grades, transfer credits, status, academic history, and even plan your future course selections. Use MyPath anytime from the student portal to track and map out your progress towards graduation.
ONEcard is your student ID and so much more. While some ONEcard functions are temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. Georgian fitness centres are closed so you won’t use your card as a gym pass), you’ll still want to make sure you have a ONEcard for your student ID, access to library services, and as a convenient way of paying at select on and off-campus vendors.
AppsAnywhere allows you to access Georgian’s library of software. You can access it anytime through the student portal. Before downloading any software, make sure you read through the app information tab to ensure your computer is equipped with the proper software.
Update as of Sept. 15: Please note that Microsoft Office and Adobe apps are not available off-site. However, you can access them on library computers at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. Learn how to make a library computer reservation.
The Course Registration Number, or CRN, is a unique number for a course section in Banner. You may need this number when speaking about registration with staff from the Office of the Registrar, your student advisor or program co-ordinator.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides help through loans and grants based on your calculated financial need. For more information, visit the OSAP website.
The Add/drop period is a segment of time following block registration where you can add or remove individual classes in Banner. You have 10 working days from the start of the semester to add or drop courses. This enables you to adjust your timetable based on available seating in courses.
If you were unable to select your timetable during your registration window, you’ll be able to register for courses during the add/drop period. Please see the important dates for add/drop deadlines.
Note: It’s your responsibility to ensure you’re selecting the correct courses required for your program. Adding, dropping and/or withdrawing from classes may cause a fluctuation in student fees.
10. Academic Regulations
The academic experience at Georgian is focused on student-centered learning, support for student success, academic integrity and excellence. Academic regulations outline accountability for academic standards and integrity of course credits and program credentials. Make sure you check for updates to the regulations at the beginning of each year.
This article was originally published in September 2019. It was updated and re-shared in September 2020.