DL Modes of Instruction
Distance Learning maximizes student access to instruction by
offering credit courses through the Internet, via Interactive
Videoconferencing, Hybrid, and Web Enhanced course instruction. Each
instructional mode requires a formal approach to learning in which instruction
can occur asynchronously or synchronously allowing learners to interact with
their instructors using alternative instruction modes that include:
Internet Online Courses
LCC offers online courses using the
a Canvas E-Learning System and these courses are accessed through PASPort.
Canvas is an easy-to-use virtual classroom system that allows you to view
presentations, read class assignments, partake in chat sessions, submit
coursework, discuss course topics with your instructor/fellow students via an
internal e-mail tool, and take periodic exams. Several online instructors
require that some exams be taken on campus at the LCC Lerma-Peña Learning
Center, Fort McIntosh Campus or Learning Enrichment Center, South Campus. Log
on to LCC’s website and under the “Instruction” tab select the “Syllabus
Information” link to obtain additional information on the course description,
learning outcomes, teaching strategies and to determine if on-campus tests are
required for a particular online course. However, all online students are
required to take a proctored final exam on campus. Out-of-town students are
required to make test/final exam arrangements with the instructor with ample
time. Online courses require students to interact often with the instructor.
The student has the right and the responsibility to initiate a drop request
from any or all classes by submitting a drop slip to the enrollment registration
center. As per the LCC Attendance Policy, instructors will no longer withdraw
students from courses once a student has attended at least one class meeting.
Finally, students are required to have reliable Internet access, and to
complete the Online Orientation found at www.laredo.edu/distance.
brings students at two remote sites into a classroom setting via real-time
audio and video between instructor and students. Students attend scheduled
lectures at a designated videoconferencing room that could originate at an LCC
campus or at a local high school. The primary difference with this mode of
instruction is that several sites may be involved in a simultaneous broadcast.
Hybrid courses afford the benefit of face-to-face
instruction while online instruction provides flexibility and convenience.
Typically, a hybrid course meets 50% in a classroom environment and 50% in an
online format. You have the choice of some blended campus-based classes with
online classes that you can select from to best fit your lifestyle. Remember
that all of the provisions for an Internet Online Course apply to a hybrid
course. Check the LCC course schedule offerings to find a hybrid course.
Web-enhanced courses are on campus sections that are supplemented on
Canvas. These courses are usually comprised of 10-25% online coursework
with the remaining coursework completed in a classroom setting. These
web-enhanced campus sections allow students to access learning materials
outside of the classroom environment for a more dynamic approach to learning.
This approach is an attempt to improve the success rate of on campus students
as well as prepare them for full online courses at some point in their academic