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Getting started with GeorgiaVIEW

What is GeorgiaVIEW?

  • GeorgiaVIEW (Brightspace by D2L platform) is a web-based Learning Management System you will use for your course work. GeorgiaVIEW@GSW is the GSW implementation of the system.
  • With GaVIEW, you can see the course content, do and submit your assignments, take tests, and communicate with your instructors and classmates. Nearly all of your courses will use it in some way.

How can I log in to GeorgiaVIEW?

  • On the GSW main page, click A-Z index at the top. Click GeorgiaVIEW on the blue navbar or...
  • Scroll down and click the GeorgiaVIEW link at the bottom of the page
  • On the GeorgiaVIEW Home page, click on the GeorgiaVIEW Login button
  • The students who are enrolled for the GoVIEW (WebBSIT/MSN/FNP/eCore/eMajor) courses, should click the GoVIEW tab 

What is my GeorgiaVIEW username and password?

  • Your GeorgiaVIEW username is your CanesNet username: the entire GSW Radar email address, for example,
  • Your GaVIEW password is your CanesNet password
  • If you are a new student, you have to set up your CanesNet password using the Reset Password link located on the CanesNet Single Sign-On page or on the GeorgiaVIEW Login page
  • If you forgot or need to reset your GaVIEW password, use the above links and follow the on-screen instruction.
  • However, please note that if you would like to reset your GeorgiaVIEW password on the CanesNet Password Reset page, you still have to enter just the first part of you Radar email address in the “User name” field, for example: jdoe3

I forgot my CanesNet password. How can I reset it?

  • Click the Forgot Your Password? link on the GaVIEW Login page
  • Or you can click the Reset Password link located on the CanesNet Single Sign-On page
  • You can reset your password at any time. You do not need to call or email GaVIEW Help or technical support; just click the “Forgot Your Password?” link and follow the on-screen instruction.

How can I get GeorgiaVIEW help?

  • Use GSW GeorgiaVIEW Help e-mail
    • GSW GeorgiaVIEW Help is only available Monday - Friday during business hours
  • We have 24x7 Support for GeorgiaVIEW via the University System of Georgia D2L Help Center (DHC). The DHC is designed to answer all your questions online. It can be accessed anytime from anywhere
    • How to use the D2L Help Center website? Read the Instruction
  • You can find links to support information on the GSW GeorgiaVIEW Home page.

What is a Widget?

  • Widget is a box with content on your GeorgiaVIEW My Home or Course Home page
    • Once you log in to GeorgiaVIEW, you will see the My Courses, Announcements, etc. widgets on the My Home page
    • On the Course Home page, you will see different widgets containing links to your course content: Content Browser widget, Announcements, Calendar with scheduled event dates, etc.

My course content is unavailable. What can I do?

  • Students have no access to courses until the course start date (usually the first day of classes)
  • If you have just registered for a course, remember that there can be delay of 24 hours from the day a student registers for a course to the day the student actually has access to the course in GeorgiaVIEW
  • If this time has passed, and you are not seeing your course, please contact GeorgiaVIEW Help at

How can I get my instructor’s contact information?

  • To know the instructor's name:
    • Log into your RAIN account
    • Go to Student Detail Schedule and look for the instructor's name
  • To get the instructor's contact information:
    • Go to the campus Directory
    • Type in your instructor's last name and click Search Faculty/Staff

How do I display my picture in the course?

  • At the top right side of the My Home page, click your name, click the Profile link
  • On the "Edit My User Profile" page, click the Change Picture button

  • Click the Browse button, locate your picture on your computer, and add it to your profile
  • Click the Save button.

How not to lose answers on assessments?

  • You have to click the "Save Answer" button after each question. This ensures that you will only lose at most one answer if something goes wrong with your computer
  • To minimize issues while taking a quiz, be sure that you do the following:
    • Clear your browser's cache and cookies before starting a quiz
    • Close any applications that are not necessary for taking your quiz
    • Open only one browser window or session when taking a quiz
    • Complete the quiz in a timely manner to avoid timing out. Try to submit your work before deadlines
    • Save each quiz response as you answer it
    • Do not try to save all responses individually at the end of the quiz. Saving too many responses at once can cause your quiz to freeze and fail to save the responses.

How to clear my browser cache and cookies?

Every web browser stores web pages, images and other downloaded content on the computer. This storage place is called the browser's cache, also known as the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Clearing it occasionally or regularly (especially before taking quizzes) can protect your privacy and free up some space in your computer.

Since every browser is different, the following information will outline the steps involved in clearing the cache for web browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox:

    • Click History on the Menu bar
    • Click "Clear Recent History"
    • In the "Time range to clear:", select Everything
    • Check the Cookies and Cache boxes
    • Click the "Clear Now" button

  • Internet Explorer 10+:

    • Open the browser, go to Tools and click Delete Browsing History
    • On the Delete Browsing History pop-up window, select Temporary Internet files and Cookies
    • Click the Delete button.
  • Google Chrome:

    • Click the wrench icon on browser tool bar
    • Select Tools
    • Select Clear browsing data
    • In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove
    • Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
    • Click Clear browsing data
  •  Opera

    • Click Edit from the Opera menu bar
    • Click Preferences from the File menu
    • Click the History and Cache menu
    • Click Cache
    • Click OK to close the Preferences menu
    • Please refer to the Opera support page for detailed information.

I was kicked out and lost my message

  • Whenever you are creating a long message, it is recommended that you type it in Microsoft Word or other text-based program, so that you can save the message periodically
  • You can then copy and paste the text into the GeorgiaVIEW Discussions or Email tool. Therefore, if a timeout or shut down occurs, you do not lose your work
  • Compose assignments using Microsoft Word, then copy and paste the text or attach the document to the assignment. If you attempt to write a lengthy paper within the Dropbox Tool you may time out and lose your work. Lost compositions are NOT recoverable.

What is the maximum file size I can upload?

The maximum GeorgiaVIEW storage space is 500 (MB) megabytes, which is the largest file size you can upload also.

How can I get Microsoft Office 365?

GSW provides Microsoft Office 365 to every student free of charge.
Office 365 includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more:

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad)
  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software
  • Use the same programs as the faculty to ensure full file fidelity

To get your Office follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in with your Radar email address and your CanesNet password
  3. Follow the Installation Instruction to install the Office package.

If you have trouble, contact or call 229-931-2074.

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Filename Characters NOT permitted in GeorgiaVIEW

There are certain characters that should never be used when naming files to use with GeorgiaVIEW. The presence of just one of these characters in your filenames will cause errors and unexpected problems in the system.

  • Students naming a file to upload for course Assignments or Discussions must not use illegal characters in the filename.

Those illegal characters are:

\ / : * ? " < > | ~ # % & + { } ­

Most Windows computers will not even allow filenames containing any of these “illegal characters” to be created or saved in the first place. However, most Apple/Mac computers will allow filenames containing these characters. GeorgiaVIEW may allow “illegally” named files to be uploaded. However, users must be aware that trying to access that file will throw an error.

Important: There is a 255 (maximum) character limit for filenames. This includes the total number of characters in the file’s path, plus all the characters in the file’s name. This limit applies to Assignments, Discussions, Course Files, or Content.





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