All eLearning courses require students to have textbooks, Internet access, and to complete course requirements online, including final exams, which can be taken from home using a webcam.
All students must adhere to these guidelines and protocols. Students are highly encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing requirements deed for the class. Any violations of these guidelines and protocols will subject students to disciplinary action. For instructional courses, if unexpected conditions relating to COVID 19 occur which require immediate action, Laredo College will respond accordingly by abiding to national, state and local governmental edicts in order to maintain the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while minimizing interruption to instruction.
Courses may change from face-to-face or hybrid to an online format. Your instructor will inform you of any modifications as needed.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board THECB rules define distance education as "The formal educational process that occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical setting for the majority more than 50 percent of instruction.
Coordinating Board rules recognize two of distance education courses: fully distance education courses and hybrid courses. A fully distance education course is defined as "A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time.
Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test. All course activity is completed online; there are no required face-to-face sessions within the course, and the course may require minimal on-campus activity. Most course activity is completed online, but there are some required face-to-face instructional activities such as lectures, discussions, labs, or other in-person learning activities.
Remember that all course requirements for an online course also apply to a hybrid course. Technologies are used to extend classroom lectures and other activities to students at remote sites in real time. Students attend scheduled lectures at a deated videoconferencing room that originates at an LC campus, local high school, or other location.
The primary difference with this mode of instruction is that several sites may be involved in a simultaneous broadcast. See "Registration for Online Courses" below for details and examples of online, hybrid, and videoconference courses.
A high-speed Internet connection is suggested for best when accessing Canvas. The Internet browser is an important factor to ensure online courses work adequately during the semester. Canvas requires the latest two versions of every browser release; however, we highly recommend that the browser's flash plug-ins and internet browser is updated to the latest version.
To avoid technical issues, we recommend students to use Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. Click on the links to view required Canvas browser and computer requirements. Students will also be required to have a webcam to take online exams from home. Supplies are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Canvas is used to deliver online content for hybrid and online courses, and students can access it through the PASPort Student Portal. The Virtual Backpack is a free, on-demand, self-paced orientation course that helps you to understand online classes and provides the information you need to start your online learning experience on the right note.
The Virtual Backpack Online Student Orientation is open to all current and prospective students and covers topics on how to log into and navigate your course, customize yourcomplete asments and tests, and more.
Unzip the Virtual Backpack today! The college expects all online students to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is beyond reproach. Students will be expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in their online experiences.
Any student found guilty of dishonesty in academic work is subject to disciplinary action. The Academic Dishonesty link provides additional information on "scholastic dishonesty" including, but not limited to, cheating on academic work, plagiarism, and collusion. Any student who violates any provision of the Code of Conduct is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding any action taken by civil authorities on of the violation.
Consequently, online students are expected to be fully acquainted with all published policies, rules, and regulations of the college, and copies of the Code shall be available to each student for review at the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
Disciplinary action related to online courses is handled informally between the student and instructor or by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, if there is a mutual agreement to do so. This agreement will be documented in writing. If a discipline problem cannot be resolved on an informal basis, a formal disciplinary hearing may be requested. Special arrangements may be made for online learning students who do not reside in our in-service area. Consult the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline to learn more about the disciplinary process. First-time online students can visit the Student Success Center to receive academic advisement and career exploration.
Additionally, online students have at their disposal Advising.
The Registration Guide provides related information on advising, registration, payment deadlines, the academic calendar, and more. Online students who want to explore a course before enrolling in it can do so by viewing the Syllabus Information website.
The syllabus provides an outline of what will be covered in the course of study and provides other pertinent requirements; thus, this process allows students to preview the course content information before committing to an online course. Additionally, the Faculty Vitae provides an overview of the instructor's teaching experience, including their respective educational credentials. Students can register for online, hybrid, and videoconference courses through PASPort www. All courses adhere to LC's admission policies, testing requirements, and follow the academic calendar.
When you are registering for online, hybrid, and video conferencing courses in PASPort, look for the section identifiers, as shown below. We encourage students to consult the LC Student Handbook to get additional information about advising, dropping a course, the attendance policy, student support services, and other important guidelines.
Students are issued a temporary password that utilizes the individual's birth date consisting of six digits: month, day, and year.
When students log in for the first time, they will be prompted to change their password to one that requires a minimum of 8 characters and consists of a combination of alphanumeric and special characters to increase the difficulty of a breach to their personal. Students must choose a password that meets the imposed requirements, is difficult to decipher, is not a common word, personal detail, or a reflection of the user's work activities.
The student's password expires every days; however, they can change their password at any time within this day period by clicking on the Forgot Password Link or from within the student PASPort portal by selecting the "My " option on the upper-left portion of the toolbar displaying on the main home. Students can also set up secret Questions and Answers in an attempt to recover their password if forgotten. The instructions on this web advise the students to come up with responses to questions that are difficult to decipher, all in an effort to prevent intrusion.
PASPort requires that students use the unique username and password that is given to them by the Enrollment and Registration Services Center during the admissions process. Inside PASPort, students not only have access to Canvas, but also to personal information, like their home address, phone s, emergency contacts, tax forms, transcripts, and more.
It is important that students create strong passwords, and do not share their credentials. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the Security section of the college Internet Usage Policy. Students are urged not to attempt to read or copy files belonging to others or attempt to decrypt or translate encrypted material unless the files have been made accessible by the owner, or appropriate authorization has been obtained.
The course syllabus provides required textbook information for online courses. Textbook s and other instructional resource materials can be purchased online at the LC Bookstore Website.
Students can buy their books online from other web sources and have them shipped directly to their home address. Contact the LC Bookstore at for additional information. Students taking online courses, should be able to test without coming to campus. The webcam can be integrated on the computer or connected to the computer using a USB cable. Students also have the option to come on-campus to take a test. The LEAC 3rd floor computer and testing labs are open by appointment to students who need to complete asments or take a test using a webcam.
Appointments will be scheduled according to the requirements below. Students can schedule an appointment at www. For assistance with any questions, eLearningRooms laredo.
The eHelpdesk is a self-service portal where you can get help with technical issues related to Canvas and online classes. Technical support is available after regular office hours and on weekends. You may also call to request help during our regular business hours. Tutoring is available to all students as an online resource, giving access in real-time to tutors who can help with asments and answer questions. Students can receive live tutoring help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Smarthinking Online Tutoring, an online tutoring service provided by the Learning Enrichment Center.
The LC Library Services offers online students a broad range of library learning resources and instructional resources such as eBooks, eJournalseDatabases, Periodical Listingsand the ability to request books or articles from another library, as well as access to eEncyclopedias, Government Information, and other resources. TexShare services are also available to borrow materials from member libraries across Texas and to access periodical databases. The link How-To Videos provides tutorials on how to access the library home from off-campus and be able to find books and articles on the database listings.
The Distance Education link on the Library's web has a handy databases Research Guide by subject area, which makes it easy for students to find what they need. Furthermore, the Library has a Mobile App that allows students instant and easy virtual access to all of the library databases, browse the book catalog, periodicals, and more. The Special Services Center ensures that all students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all facets of college life by providing reasonable accommodations and supportive services.
The Special Services Center focuses on being supportive by providing equipment and software to help the student succeed in a college setting.