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(Frequently Asked Questions)

bullet What are the advantages of online courses?
bullet What kind of computer software and equipment do I need to take an
online course?
bullet How much time does online coursework take?
bullet How do I register for an online course?
bullet What happens after enrollment?
bullet Do I ever have to come on campus when I take an online course?
bullet How much do the courses cost?
bullet Do I need a textbook or other course materials?
bullet When can I access course materials?
bullet Can I take this class without access to a computer?
bullet Will the course transfer?
bullet Course Participation

What are the advantages of online courses?
The major advantage of an online course is convenience. In online courses, a student can work at times convenient to them - whether at 3 p.m. or 2 a.m. - instead of specific times designated by the College. Also, some students respond more favorably to this type of instruction, which typically relies heavily on reading, writing, and interaction.

What kind of computer software and equipment do I need to take an online course?
In terms of software, the online courses at LCC can be viewed with any Web browser. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari are some examples.

Students using Internet Explorer 8 ,Windows Vista or Windows 7 may need to work in Compatibility Mode in order for some functions to work properly. Problems in typing into text boxes (such as discussion forums) are often solved by switching to Compatibility Mode.

In terms of hardware, regular, reliable access to a computer with Internet access is a minimum requirement.

Dial up access is not recommended for LCC online courses.

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How much time does online coursework take?
Generally, online courses take the same amount of time or more than traditional ones. The difference is convenience. Online instructors estimate that in a typical 16-week semester course, a student will spend between two and three hours a week for each credit hour. For instance, if a student is enrolled during the fall or spring semester in a three-credit-hour online course, expect to spend six to nine hours per week working on coursework. For shorter courses, such as a summer course, he or she will spend more hours per week on the class work, but the course won't last as many weeks.

How do I register for an online course?
Currently, LCC does not have online enrollment for new students. However, after being admitted to the College and making arrangements to pay tuition, a student may…

bullet Enroll in person at the Admissions Office in Student Services on the Parsons Campus,
bullet Enroll by calling (620) 421-6700, 1-888-LABETTE (Toll Free), or
bullet Enroll by requesting and completing an enrollment form and returning it by mail or FAX (620-421-0180) to the Admissions Office Labette Community College, 200 S. 14th, Parsons, KS. 67357. The form is available on the College's website; it can be printed out, complete, and returned or faxed.
bullet Returning students may be able to enroll online if they do not have holds in the business office, or do not need advisor approval due to placement scores.

What happens after enrollment?

  • Student will be assigned an LCC email address which they MUST use for all LCC correspondence including online courses. They should plan to check it daily while classes are in session.
  • On the first day of class, students will log in using their Student ID as their Username.
  • The Password for REDZONE will be their PIN NUMBER.
  • Students who do not have a PIN NUMBER should contact IT at 620-820-1146 to get that information. Admissions and Outreach do not have access to Pin numbers.

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Do I ever have to come on campus when I take an online course?
A few courses will require a limited number of campus visits. However, in most cases, if a student cannot come to campus, alternative arrangements can be made. The student must contact the instructor if coming to campus is a problem.

How much do the courses cost?
Tuition and fees for college courses at LCC can be found at http://www.labette.edu/catalog/Tuition_and_fees.pdf

Do I need a textbook or other course materials?
Probably, but it depends on the course. Most courses will require the purchase of a textbook. These books are available in the LCC Bookstore located in the Student Union (on the Parsons Campus) or you can order online through our Bookstore link on the main LCC web page and they can be mailed to you. The Cherokee Center (near Pittsburg) also sells textbooks and is open during regular campus hours.

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When can I access course materials?
Courses for the semester will not show up in Quick Links until the previous semester is ended. Only the current semester is displayed. The first day of class is the day when course materials become available. You can view general course information through the RedZone on the LCC website, which will tell you the name of the instructor and the course description. Be sure to email your instructor before the first day of class.

Can I take this class without access to a computer?
No. Since interaction with the instructor and with other students is a major portion of LCC's online courses and since that interaction occurs online, a student must have regular, reliable access to a computer with Internet capability to participate in an online class through the College. If a student does not own a computer,  computer labs with Internet connections are available on campus. The student lounge (inside the Cardinal Cafe) has computers for student use, as well as the library, during regular campus hours. Make sure you have 2 back up plans in case your computer or Internet fails.

Will the course transfer?
Courses taken online transfer to four-year institutions the same as courses taken on campus. Generally, courses in Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs transfer. If a student has questions about the transferability of a specific course, he or she should contact the Admissions Office or the instructor.

Course participation  If you log into your online course, that is the same as attending a class session, even if you don't submit any work. To drop an online course and receive a full refund, you must drop during the first week of class.

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