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Master LoudCloud: Campus Edition

Start your semester off right by mastering how to use your LoudCloud classroom. Tech Support has some awesome resources to help freshman and new GCU students learn the ins and out of GCU’s learning management system. So mark your calendars and plan to attend one of these training sessions either in person or in an interactive webinar.

LoudCloud Welcom Week


Or sign up for one of the Campus Edition webinars from the links below:

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

And be sure to check back here on the blog as we walk day-by-day through the first week classroom tasks starting on August 31st.

Save all LoudCloud files by July 23!

In order to improve the LoudCloud experience and capacity of our servers, we will be archiving This site will no longer be available to students to access after July 24, 2014. We encourage you to visit your previous courses on no later than Wednesday, July 23 to access and save any course materials and assignments you may wish to keep on file. You may also download and save your eBook to your personal computer for future access if you wish to do so.

Please be aware that in compliance with GCU’s Learning Management System Availability policy that students are not guaranteed access to courses for more than five (5) weeks following the course end date. We encourage you to keep copies of all files uploaded to your online classrooms and save any course materials and eBooks to a personal computer prior to the end of each course.

Thank you for your understanding.

GCU Bookstore Maintenance Notice

Attention Student and Faculty,

Please be aware that GCU’s online bookstore,, will be unavailable from 7:00 p.m. (CST) Friday, June 13, to 10:00 p.m. (CST) Sunday, June 15 while important upgrades are made to the systems. The Campus Bookstore will still be available and in-stock textbooks can be purchased there. This maintenance only affects students needing to order or rent textbooks from that are not available in an eBook format in your classroom and faculty utilizing the Faculty Online Adoption tool.

We appreciate your patience while eFollett makes these important updates to their system.

Maintenance Scheduled for GCU Student Sites

Attention students!

Several of our student websites and applications will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Saturday, May 24th from 12am – 2am MST. We understand that this is inconvenient for some of you, and we do apologize. Every website needs a little fine tuning from time to time and we scheduled it to occur when the least amount of you are online slaving over your schoolwork.

The following website will be unavailable during the scheduled maintenance:

  • LoudCloud Campus Edition (Ground)
  • Student Portal
  • Graduation Application
  • Student Teaching Application
  • eBooks
  • GCU Media
  • Life Long Learning Application

Be sure to download and save your eBook to your computer and watch any classroom videos or media you might need to complete assignments before the maintenance begins.

During the maintenance, online and graduate students can access your LoudCloud classes directly:

  • If you started a LoudCloud Graduate class after April 10th, 2014. Click Here
  • For all other LoudCloud Graduate classes, Click Here
  • For LoudCloud Undergraduate classes, Click Here

Thanks for your patience while we make these important updates to our GCU systems!


Maintenance Scheduled for LoudCloud Undergraduate Site

Attention undergraduate students!

The LoudCloud Undergraduate website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, April 16th from 1am – 4am MST and Thursday, April 17th from 1am – 4am. Please note that this maintenance does not affect Graduate or Ground students. We understand that this is inconvenient for some of you, and we do apologize. Every website needs a little fine tuning from time to time and we scheduled it to occur when the least amount of you are online slaving over your schoolwork.

Be sure to download and save your eBook to your computer and copy any details you might need from your syllabus or readings before the maintenance begins. If you did plan to do schoolwork during this maintenance window, you can work on your discussion questions by typing them up in Word to copy into your classroom later or complete your reading or assignment for the week.

Thanks for your patience while we make these important updates to LoudCloud!

Graduate Courses Begin Migration to LoudCloud Grad2 Environment

Please be aware that beginning March 20, 2014 we will begin migrating Graduate classes to their own LoudCloud environment. This change will not affect the look of your LoudCloud classroom; the new environment improves the balancing of the load across our servers.

As we migrate courses over to the new Grad2 environment, check back here for a complete list of courses which will be located on Grad2.

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GCU Alumna Jenny Kaiser Making a Difference at Alhambra High School

For Grand Canyon University alumna Jenny Kaiser, the socioeconomic status of a district or a lack of resources does not hinder her passion to educate. This academic year (2013-14) marks Jenny’s 25th anniversary at Alhambra High School in the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD). During that time, both Jenny and her students have experienced changes, progress and opportunities.

The “happy-go-lucky” educator attended high school just 10 miles from Alhambra at Camelback High School and earned her mathematics degree from GCU in 1989. If anyone knows the population and culture of the community within the PUHSD boundaries, it’s Jenny.

“The changes here are more about the economic status of the surrounding area,” she said. “We used to have a more stable population

Jenny Kaiser

with homeowners. People lived here to grow old, but now we have groups that come in and come out. We have a lot of immigrants living in surrounding housing areas which changes things. There are many kids coming in who haven’t been educated or don’t speak the language, and we have to ebb and flow with that.”

But Kaiser isn’t afraid of change or hard work. Although she student-taught in North Scottsdale while earning her bachelor’s degree, she decided that area of town wasn’t where she wanted to invest her time and energy.

Kaiser said she realized the kids in Scottsdale would achieve despite of what she did or did not do in the classroom because they had so many other resources.

“I decided I wanted to go where my teaching ability was really needed and so I came to Phoenix Union. We have the wide range of economic groups, and I love it,” she said.

As the population within PUHSD continues to transform, so do the academic standards and curriculum. Soon, Arizona will see a major variation in standardized testing with the implementation of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. Fortunately, Kaiser said resources provided by GCU and her district will help prepare her to teach her students in accordance with the academic fluctuations.

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Dual Enrollment Courses Help High School Students Get a Head Start

More than 1,000 high school students in Arizona and around the country are getting an affordable, efficient head start on their college degree by taking advantage of the dual enrollment program at Grand Canyon University.

In Arizona, students can take approved courses at their high school or attend an after-school class on GCU’s campus. Out-of-state students can take advantage of dozens of courses that are available online.

Tuition is affordable at only $52.50 per credit. Arizona students receive full tuition waivers if they are eligible for free or reduced lunch or if they participate in a federal assistance program. As a private university, GCU does not require proof of residency, which has opened up dual enrollment opportunities to students who could not participate in the past.

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