The Doctoral Community Network, or DC Network, is an online learning community for those who are completing their doctoral studies. Students can discuss topics related to their chosen field of discipline, as well as receive assistance through the dissertation phase of their studies in the DC Network. Depending on the program, students will either gain access the first day or the fourth week of their first doctoral course.
The login information for the DC Network is your GCU username (not including @my.gcu.edu) and password. Depending on your program, access to the DC network is granted either on the first day of your first doctoral course or the fourth week of your first doctoral course. If you are a part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you will have access to the DC Network on the first day of your first course. If you are a doctoral learner in any other program, you will gain access during the fourth week of your first course. The DC Network can be accessed at https://dc.gcu.edu. If you are having trouble logging into the site, try resetting your password.
If you are an external committee member attempting to access the DC Network, your username will be your email address. If you need to reset your password, click the link below the sign in screen and complete the steps that follow.
By selecting the New Learner Resources tab within the DC Network, learners have access to information regarding the DC Network and additional resources.
Additional resources can be found below.
Support through the DC Network is provided in a number of ways:
- Forums: Interactive message boards where students and faculty can share insight and discuss an array of topics, located at https://dc.gcu.edu/forums.
- Ask A Question:Form to ask questions internally through the DC Network, located at https://dc.gcu.edu/ask.
- Blogs: Articles written and posted by faculty of the College of Doctoral Studies. These articles cover news in related fields and information that may interest those in the Doctoral Community.
- Research material: The DC Network is filled with many research resources that aid learners in being successful in their academic studies.
LoudCloud is still considered the official system of record for students completing their doctorate. For more specifics regarding your assignment, you can log into your current class in LoudCloud and review the syllabus. If you are unable to locate a resource, it is best to contact your instructor, chair, ask a question on the Help page, or post a forum topic.
Here you will find a list of some common questions and answers related to the DC Network!
In the past, there was an option to send messages to other learners within the DC Network. This feature was removed in 2018, however. Learners who wish to communicate with each other will need to do so externally (such as through email or phone).
For more information on how to change the email on your DC profile, check out this article on the DC Network! Email (how to change default)
For more information on Dissertation Committees, check out this article on the DC Network! Committees: Dissertation
Webinars posted by the college are available on the Conferences and Events calendar. To access the calendar, navigate to dc.gcu.edu and click on a webinar you are interested in. There will be a zoom link within the event details. Click on the zoom link to be directed to the webinar registration page. Once you register, you will be directed to a confirmation page. To add the event to your personal calendar, click Add to Calendar. You will also receive reminders via email. For any other questions regarding Zoom, please visit our Zoom FAQ article.
If you are not receiving email notifications in your GCU email after having it set to the default, you will need to adjust the notifications for your forums. To navigate to the Email Forums, click My Dashboard, then click your committee. Once you have selected Email Forum, scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the Follow option, on the bottom left corner. Clicking Follow will allow you to adjust how many times you will receive notifications. Click Set once you have made the changes. To adjust the notifications for individual forums, click Manage Subscriptions.
If you are receiving an error message saying, “Your account is in a cool down period due to multiple unsuccessful login attempts”, you will need to wait 10 minutes for this period. When entering your password incorrectly 5 times, your account goes into a cool down period that lasts for 10 minutes.
If you are an external committee member, you can reset your password and access your account immediately.