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Online Learning

Welcome to online learning at Gateway!

If you've never taken an online class, or if your looking for some tips and tricks to keep you on track, you'll find resources to help you here.

Here is a quick start to Blackboard:

Get Help

As a KCTCS Student, you get a full featured version of Microsoft Office to use for free as long as you are a student. You can download and install this on your computer to use to help complete assignments.

Download Microsoft Office here.

Download Microsoft Office here.

Infobase Academic Virtual Classroom

As we move into this new form of remote teaching due to the closure of many schools and libraries because of the COVID-19 virus, Infobase would like to help in the scramble to find online learning materials by offering a free trial access to our Academic Virtual Classroom through 4/30/20.  Below are the links and username and password for online access for any faculty, staff or student from anywhere.  Feel free to use these resources as needed in any distance learning courses. 


Be well and stay safe through this crisis.


Academic Virtual Classroom with FOD

User Name: distancelearning2                  Password:  trial

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World News Digest
Bloom’s Literature
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Ferguson’s Career Guidance
Today’s Science
Writer’s Reference
Films On Demand Master Collection

Vital Source

VitalSource, our partner for digital content delivery, along with more than 100 publishers announced a program today to provide free access to more than 55,000 titles used in higher education for displaced students and faculty.  Access will remain in place through 5/25/20.


A college email address is all that is needed to gain access and students can download up to 7 titles at no cost.  Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.


Main info page is:

Need help troubleshooting Blackboard? This link should help! If you still have questions, reach out to the Gateway Center of eLearning below.


Gateway Center for eLearning

Phone: 859-815-7780

KCTCS Support

Phone: 855-346-4828

Contact the Gateway Center for eLearning or Gateway IT Support for further assistance.

Blackboard Collaborate Support

Find Blackboard Collaborate Support here.

Some of our face to face classes will be using the same shell as a fully online class, Here is a course tour video that may be of assistance to you: