The eLearning & Instructional
Innovation Center supports the mission of Laredo College by offering online
degree programs and courses to meet the needs of the diverse student population
of Webb County and the surrounding communities.
All eLearning courses require
students to have textbooks, Internet access, and to complete course
requirements online, including final exams, which can be taken from home using
Canvas Learning Management System
The eLearning & Instructional Innovation Center
(eLearning Center) is the administrator of the Canvas Learning Management
System (Canvas) for Laredo College (LC).
Canvas is used to deliver online content for your
hybrid and online courses, and you can access it through the PASPort Student Portal.
Authenticating the Identity of Students Enrolled in Distance Education Courses
On the first day of class, you will access your course in Canvas by logging into your 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 college Internet
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 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 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."
All course activity is completed online; there are no required face-to-face sessions within the
course, and the course may
require minimal on-campus
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.
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 LC
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 for Online Courses” below for details and
examples of online, hybrid, and video conference 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, a program that you can download for free from the eLearning 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, and will record you as you test online. The webcam
can be part of your computer, or it can be connectedto 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 do
not have a webcam, you can borrow one for
the entire semester from
the eLearning Center. You also have the option to come on-campus to take a test. The available
locations for on-campus testing can be viewed on our website at http://www.laredo.edu/cms/LECTestingServices/. If you need
help downloading, installing, or taking a test
with LockDown Browser/Monitor, contact
the eLearning Help Desk at 956.721.5880 or submit a ticket at http://ehelpdesk.laredo.edu/.
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 different than what you might experience on campus, and to be successful online, you will need your own set of tools. The Virtual Backpack is an orientation course that will help
you to understand your online classes
and virtual classroom and provide you with everything you need to start your virtual learning experience on the right foot. First time online
students will receive an invitation to the Virtual Backpack one week before
Registration for Online Classes
You can register for online, hybrid,and video conference courses
through PASPort (www.pasport.laredo.edu).
All courses adhere to LC’s admission
policies, testing requirements, and follow the academic calendar. When you enroll in an online, hybrid, or video conference course,
you will be charged a $20 Distance
Education Fee per semester credit hour to cover the costs associated with
managing and upgrading Canvas and
other online services.
When you are registering for online, hybrid,and video conferencing courses in PASPort, look for
the section identifiers as shown
· E01 – E99 (Online courses) Ex.
– MY9 (Main Campus Hybrid courses) Ex. KINE1306MY1
– SY9 (South Campus Hybrid courses) Ex. PHYS1302SY1
– LY9 (Hybrid Lab) Ex. BIOL1108LY1
– MV9 (Main Campus Videoconference
courses) Ex. GOVT2305MV1
– SV9 (South Campus Videoconference courses) Ex. ENGL1301SV1
We encourage you to consult the LC Student Handbook to get
additional information about advising, dropping a course, the attendance policy, student support services,
and other important guidelines.
Virtual College of Texas (VCT)
You may also enroll in an online course offered by another two-year college in Texas through a partnership between LC 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 LC Department Chair.Due to this lengthy approval process, you must contact the eLearning Center at least one month before the start date of the semester. Call 956.721.5211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student eHelp Desk
eHelp Desk is a self-service portal where you can get help with technical
issues related to Canvas and 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.