Distance Learning
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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.


    Interactive Videoconferencing

    Interactive videoconferencing 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

    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

    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 career.