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
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
In terms of hardware,
regular, reliable access to a computer with Internet access is a
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…
||Enroll in person at the Admissions Office in Student Services on the Parsons Campus,
||Enroll by calling (620) 421-6700, 1-888-LABETTE (Toll Free), or
||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.
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
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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