Distance Learning
eLearning Center


eLearning & Instructional Innovation Center 

Student Handbook



eLearning Today...Leading Tomorrow 

The  eLearning  &  Instructional  Innovation  Center  (eLIIC)  at  Laredo  Community College provides instructional and technical support to maximize student access to instruction by offering transfer credit courses through the Internet and via interactive videoconferencing. All eLearning instructional formats require Internet access, textbooks, completion of assignments, and final exams, which can be taken from home using a webcam.


While online instruction provides greater flexibility, it also requires you to be more self-disciplined and to possess above average time management and technical skills. Therefore, before choosing to enroll in an eLearning class, you are encouraged to complete the online self-assessment “Is eLearning right for me?" which is located on the eLIIC website (www.laredo.edu/elearning). Self-assessment responses will determine how well distance learning courses fit your learning style and personal skills.


Contact information

Fort McIntosh Campus

Lewis Energy Group Academic Center 307

Phone: 956.721.5211 Fax: 956.721.5873






eLearning & Instructional Innovation Center Staff:



Elizabeth Rodriguez


Arely Lara


Hannah Higgins


Roberto Solis

Technical Support Coordinator

Mario Arredondo

Technology Specialist

Alicia J. Reed

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Rodriguez

eLearning & Instructional Innovation Center Director


Lewis Energy Academic Center 307


Dr. Marisela Rodriguez

Dean of Arts & Sciences


Elpha Lee West Bldg. 120


Dr. Vincent R. Solis

Vice-President for Instruction and Student Services


Elpha Lee West Bldg. 129





Table of Contents



  • Canvas Learning Management System        
  • Authenticating the Identity of Students
    in Distance Education Courses   
  • Modes of Instruction   
  • Testing for Online Courses  
  •  LCC Virtual Backpack  
  • Registration for Online Classes   
  • Virtual College of Texas (VCT)
  • Student eHelp Desk   










  Canvas Learning Management System  


The eLearning & Instructional Innovation Center is the administrator of the Canvas Learning Management System (Canvas) for Laredo Community College (LCC).  Canvas is used to deliver online content for your hybrid/blended and online courses and is accessed through the PASPort Student Portal.



Authenticating the Identity of Students Enrolled in Distance

Education Courses


On the first day of class, you can access your course through Canvas by logging in to the secure web portal (PASPort).  PASPort requires that you use the unique account username and password that is given to you by the Enrollment and Registration Services Center during the admissions process. Inside PASPort, you not only have access to Canvas, but you also have access to personal information, like your home address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, tax forms, transcripts and more.  It is important that you create strong passwords, and that you do not share your log-in credentials.  Your account is designated for your use ONLY.  Make sure that you are familiar with the Security section of the LCC Internet Usage Policy.



Modes of Instruction 



The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) rules define distance education as "The formal educational process that occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical setting for the majority (more than 50 percent) of instruction." Distance education can include courses and programs offered online, off-campus face-to-face, and electronic-to-groups. Coordinating Board rules recognize two categories of distance education courses: fully distance education courses and hybrid/blended courses. A fully distance education course is defined as "A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test." A hybrid/blended course is defined as "A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place."



Online Courses


All course activity is done online; there are no required face-to-face sessions within the course and the course may require minimal on-campus activity.



Hybrid/Blended Courses



Most course activity is completed online, but there are some required face-to-face instructional activities such as lectures, discussions, labs, or other in-person learning activities. Remember that all course requirements for an online course also apply to a hybrid course.




Interactive Videoconferencing




Technologies are used to extend classroom lectures and other activities to students at remote sites in real time. Students attend scheduled lectures at a designated videoconferencing room that originates at an LCC campus, local high school, or other location. The primary difference with this mode of instruction is that several sites may be involved in a simultaneous broadcast.


See Registration section for details and examples of online, hybrid, and interactive videoconference courses.



Testing for Online Courses




If you are taking online courses you should be able to test without coming to campus. All online courses require the use of Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor which records you while you are taking exams from home. You can download a copy of the Respondus Monitor program for free from the e-Learning & Instructional Innovation Center website at http://www.laredo.edu/cms/Respondus. The LockDown Browser/Monitor program requires that you have a computer with a webcam and microphone to record an online exam session from home. The webcam can be part of your computer, or it can be connected to the computer using a USB cable. To get a basic understanding of the webcam feature of Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, view a short video at  http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/student- movie.shtml. If you don’t have a webcam, you can borrow one for the entire semester from the eLearning & Instructional Innovation Center. You also have the option to come on-campus to take a test in our Respondus Monitor Webcam Testing Lab at the eLIIC.  If you have problems downloading, installing, or taking a test with LockDown Browser/Monitor, contact eLearning staff at 956.721.5880 or complete an eHelp Desk request at  http://ehelpdesk.laredo.edu/.



LCC Virtual Backpack




We have all had that experience of loading a backpack for the first day of school with pencils, notepads, campus maps, schedules and other essential tools. Online classes are a little different than what you might experience on campus, but to be successful online you still need your own set of tools to help you in your classes. The LCC Virtual Backpack will help you to understand your online classes and virtual classroom and help with everything you need to start off your virtual learning experience on the right foot. You can find the LCC Virtual Backpack in your Canvas account.




Registration for Online Classes



You may register for online, hybrid/blended and interactive videoconferencing courses through PASPort, the Personnel and Student Portal (pasport.laredo.edu). Online courses adhere to LCC's admission policies, testing requirements,  and  follow  the  academic  calendar.  You will be  charged  a  $20  per  semester  credit  hour eLearning fee when you enroll in an online course(s), to cover the costs associated with managing and upgrading Canvas and other online services. Hybrid/blended and interactive videoconferencing courses will not be assessed the eLearning fee.  When you are registering for online, hybrid, and video conferencing courses in PASPort, look for the section identifiers as shown below.


·  E01 – E99 (Online courses) Ex. ENGL1301E01

·  MY1 – MY9 (Main Campus Hybrid/Blended courses) Ex. KINE1306MY1

·  SY1 – SY9 (South Campus Hybrid/Blended courses) Ex. PHYS1302SY1

·  LY1 – LY9 (Hybrid/Blended Lab) Ex. BIOL1108LY1

·  MV1 – MV9 (Main Campus Interactive Videoconference courses) Ex. GOVT2305MV1

·  SV1 – SV9 (South Campus Interactive Videoconference courses) Ex. ENGL1301SV1


You  are  encouraged  to  consult  the   LCC  Student  Handbook  to  get  additional  information  on  advising, dropping an online course, the attendance policy, the availability of student support services, and other important online guidelines.



Virtual College of Texas (VCT)



You may also enroll in an online course offered by another community college in Texas through a partnership between LCC and the Virtual College of Texas (VCT). VCT offers a wide array of college credit courses that are listed at  www.vct.org. The first step in enrolling in a VCT course is to check the availability of a specific course on the VCT website.  Enrollment in VCT courses requires the approval of the respective Department Chair. Due to the approval process, you need to contact the eLIIC at least one month prior to the advertised start date of the LCC Academic Term by phone at 956.721.5211 or by e-mail at elearning@laredo.edu.



Student eHelp Desk



The eHelp Desk is a self-service portal where you can get help with technical issues related to Canvas and/or online classes. You can access the eHelp Desk at http://ehelpdesk.laredo.edu/. Technical support is available after regular office hours and on weekends. You may also call 956.721.5880 to request help during our regular business hours.







Approved by the LCC Board of Trustees on   4-26-2018.