What types of distance learning opportunities are there at LCC?
Distance education is designed to meet the needs of a diverse population through flexible, alternative delivery methods such as Internet courses, Hybrid courses, Web-assisted courses, and Information Highway/Two-way Video courses. Distance education students follow the same guidelines for application and registration as traditional students. In addition, identical academic standards, criteria, content, quality, and student support services apply to distance education courses as to all other college courses. There is an online orientation for Internet students to assist them in succeeding in the course.
- Internet-Based Courses
LCC offers a variety of Internet courses for students who want to supplement their on- campus courses or for students who need courses to meet their career goals. Students work independently by utilizing Internet tools such as email, chatting, discussion forums, video, fax, and telephone to communicate with instructors. Students enrolled in Internet courses are guided by a qualified instructor and have access to the same resources as traditional on-campus students. Students enrolling in Internet courses should have a working knowledge of the Internet, Windows, and email, and should possess processing skills.
- Hybrid Courses
Hybrid courses combine traditional classroom-based instruction with the tools of online distance delivery. Primary course delivery is online with a requirement that students also meet in traditional face-to-face sessions.
- Web-assisted Courses
Web-assisted courses also combine traditional classroom-based instruction with the tools of online distance delivery. Primary course delivery is via traditional face-to-face sessions with a requirement that students have Internet access as a supplemental part of the course.
- Information Highway/Two-way Video Courses
Information Highway/Two-way video courses feature live video and audio interaction between the instructor and students at different sites. Students can interact with instructors and other students through monitors, microphones, and other technologies. LCC may offer courses on the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH). This two-way interactive technology connects LCC and its students to students at other North Carolina community colleges with a statewide fiber optic network. This may allow students an opportunity to enroll in courses not usually offered by LCC.