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Classes offered in many forms this fall

Classes offered in many forms this fall
  • On August 11, 2020

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

Fall semester at LCC is going to look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One major difference is that the majority of the courses offered will be taught virtually.

“The health and safety of our community and the quality of students’ education are our highest priorities,” said Stephanie Decator, LCC director of Admissions/Registrar. “While many courses have transitioned to virtual, students can still expect to receive the same quality of instruction.”

While most classes will be taught virtually, the college is offering five different class types for the fall semester.

These courses, their descriptions and abbreviations are listed below:

ON – Online: Traditional, asynchronous online courses.

ORT – Partial Scheduled Lecture: An online real-time (ORT) class that has some regularly scheduled online meeting day(s) and time(s), along with unscheduled online instruction and activities.

ORT – Full Scheduled Lecture: An online real-time (ORT) class where all instruction is delivered online during designated meeting day(s) and times.

OH – Online Hybrid: A class that has some regularly scheduled classroom instruction, along with online coursework and activities. Students will receive face-to-face instruction in the traditional classroom, lab or worksite, and will also participate in online instruction/learning.

Face-to-Face: A traditional, in-person class with on-campus instruction.

According to a statement sent out to LCC employees, the majority of courses the college is offering this fall will be online.

However, there are a limited number of hybrid and face-to-face sections as well. Limiting these sections will ensure that LCC maintains social-distancing regulations.

Programs that cannot be effectively taught in a virtual setting will be hybrid or face-to-face. A majority of these courses are in Technical Careers and Health and Human Services.

There are more than 200 hybrid sections and 17 face-to-face sections scheduled for the fall.

No other hybrid or face-to-face sections will be added for the fall semester.

Decator said many courses are offering a scheduled online lecture option. This will allow students to ask questions, and have live interaction with faculty and other students.

“It is very similar to the in-person experience, but with the perks of staying safe, staying in pajamas and, often, saving money on transportation costs,” she said.  

Decator said she encourages students to take advantage of student services and support that will continue to be offered remotely. These include tutoring, financial aid assistance, counseling and advising.

“In particular, our eLearning Department offers lots of help with how to learn online,” Decator said. “I encourage all students to reach out to someone at the college if they have any questions or concerns. We are here to help you.”

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