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About Guided Study Courses

Guided Study courses allow independent learning in a structured 12-week format. In Guided Study courses, your understanding of the subject matter presented in your course materials will be assessed through the assignments you submit to your mentor and through examinations or final projects. Most Guided Study courses include a midterm and a final examination or final project. Your mentor will assign a grade for the course based on all assignments and the examinations, according to the formula described in the Course Manual. Zero is assigned for each assignment not completed.


Guided Study (GS) courses allow independent learning in a structured format with the guidance and feedback of a mentor. Designed to be completed in a 12-week semester, each Guided Study course includes a detailed week-by-week calendar or schedule that will guide you through reading, writing and viewing assignments. Mentors, assigned by the University, formally assess academic progress through written assignments and proctored examinations. Mentors are available for consultation by telephone or email. 

Registration for Guided Study Courses

Students register for Guided Study courses via Online Student Services. Use the GS suffix to indicate that you are registering for a Guided Study course. Your course will be offered in the University’s Moodle Learning Management System accessed via the myEdison® student portal. Please refer to our myEdison/Course Access page for login information and  instructions. Please note that your course(s) will appear in the myEdison® portal on the Friday before the term starts. Until then, your courses will not be visible but you can confirm your upcoming schedule in Online Student Services under “Academic Profile”.

When you register for courses, remember to provide the University with an accurate, preferred email address so that you may receive this important information in time to begin your course work. It is recommended that you verify your student records online at Online Student Services before your course begins. At your first log in, you will obtain your log on ID and password by selecting “I’m new to Online Student Services” and following the prompts. A temporary password will be generated and emailed to you. After initial log in, you will be required to change your password. For most students, your log on ID will be your first name, followed by a period, then your last name (example: frank.smith). Students who have the same first and last names will be assigned a number to provide them with unique log on IDs (example: frank.smith2).

Student Profile

Guided Study is recommended for independent study students who enjoy reading and writing for courses in a structured environment with minimal direction from a mentor. Mentors are available to assist and provide feedback as necessary, but they do not assume a tutoring role. Flexible policies allow students who are unexpectedly challenged by schedule, personal, medical or family constraints to extend the semester when circumstances warrant. Students enrolled in Guided Study courses must submit assignments via an assignment link in their myEdison® course space. Students who have legitimate reasons for not being able to use computers or access the Internet may contact the University for special consideration. Students whose circumstances may require alternative arrangements should call the Office of Student Special Services at (609) 984-1141, ext. 3415, to request accommodations. The Office of Student Special Services will determine if such accommodations are warranted. Please note that email will no longer be acceptable as a means of submitting assignments.

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