About Online Learning
Access interactive coursework without being physically present in a traditional classroom. Through your computer and an Internet service provider (ISP), you can complete your class anywhere, anytime that fits your active lifestyle.
Online courses are similar to traditional classroom courses. A syllabus will guide you through the course, assignments, projects, papers and examinations. These exercises may be completed individually or in small groups. Interactivity is a key element of online learning, and you will be interacting with your classmates and instructors – when it is convenient for you!
- Learn during your optimal learning hours – many students are late night learners!
- Review materials online as often as you need and complete assignments in a time frame that meets your schedule.
- Interact with your instructor and classmates by sharing questions, thoughts and ideas through e-mail, chat rooms and threaded discussions.
Support for Online Learners at LCCC
Who instructs online courses?
LCCC faculty instruct online courses. They are trained in online teaching and learning strategies and are dedicated to helping you have a quality learning experience. LCCC has been offering online courses for five years and is accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission to offer online degree programs.
How much time does an online course take?
Online learning takes as much time as an on-campus course. It is often recommended that you schedule about 10 hours each week for a three-credit course. If you don't use it, great, but it is important to keep up with your work and assignments. One of the most common reasons for dropping an online course is that the student gets behind and can't catch up!
Do I have to be “computer savvy”?
Not at all! However you should be familiar with the basic operation of your computer.
At a minimum you must be able to:
- Use a mouse to navigate around the screen
- Use word processing software
- Download files
- Read and send e-mail, attach document files to e-mail, etc.
- Navigate and use the Internet
- With some courses you may be asked to use spreadsheet, database, and presentation software (such as Excel®, Access®, and PowerPoint®.)
What equipment will I need?
- Desktop or laptop computer, with Internet capability and one of the following browsers:
IE 8 or above
Firefox 9 or above
Chrome 21 or above
Safari 10 and above
- Space to save files or an external hard drive or thumb drive
- Microsoft Office (Download for free.)
Note: Tablets and mobile devices may not work for all classes. Do not rely on these devices alone.
Tips for Successful Online Learning
- Know your goals! Identify what you must do to complete your educational goals.
- Evaluate “how” you're spending your time and what you will need to do to make time for learning.
- Make a study schedule and stick to it!
- Be self-disciplined.
- Avoid procrastinating. Don't wait until the last minute to do your work.
- Create a private space where you can study so that you're not distracted or interrupted frequently.
- Enlist the support of your colleagues, friends, and family.
- Make sure you understand assignments and write them down in one place to avoid forgetting something.
- Organize study materials and read them!
- Be able to communicate through writing as this is the primary vehicle you'll be using to "talk" with your classmates and professors.
- Participate, participate! Take the time to formulate your ideas, comments, and perspectives on the subject you are studying before you share them.
- Read and respond to what your classmates have to say.
- Be open-minded and flexible about this learning environment.
- Communicate frequently with instructors and be willing to ask questions if you're having a problem. Be your own advocate!