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59 Online Learning Online Learning Online learning provides quality education in a non-tradi- tional environment, where the student and faculty member are in different locations. Lee College faculty strives to pro- mote superior online learning through the college's online learning management system. Lee College offers several options for students who are self- motivated and prefer independent learning. Online learning courses require an orientation with the instructor, either per- sonally or online. Courses are completed during a single se- mester with deadlines set by instructors for course assignments and exams. Online learning provides courses in which a majority (more than 50 percent) of the instruction occurs when the student(s) and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Two categories of online learning courses are defined as: Fully Online Learning Course A course with 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. Hybrid/Blended Course A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the student(s) and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Online Learning Course Length Classes may be offered in a variety of lengths throughout the semester. During the Spring and Fall semester, classes will be offered in 16-week, 12-week, or 8-week sessions. Dur- ing the summer semester, classes will be offered in 10 weeks or 5 weeks. Lee College Course Delivery System Courses will be offered online through Lee College's Learn- ing Management System (LMS). Hardware and Software Requirements To be successful in an online course, students who use their personal computers must have high speed internet access. Online course users will need at least two Internet browsers – for PC users, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, and for MAC users, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. PC users need an oper- ating system of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. MAC users need an operating system of 10.5 or 10.6. To view all information, including pop-ups, etc., Java should be in- stalled on the computer. Virtual College of Texas (VCT) Through a cooperative agreement, Texas community col- leges share online courses. Students register through Lee College and are supported by local counseling, library tutor- ing, and testing services while they take classes from remote sites. Enrollment procedures are outlined in the class sched- ule. Testing is provided through the Counseling Center in Moler Hall on the Baytown campus. Some VCT courses are not included in the course descriptions in Chapter 7. Visit the VCT Internet site at for more information and listings. Percent of Instruction outside of class Class Description Delivery Schedule 0% 50% 85% 100% Method Symbology Face-to-face Courses F01A 0% instruction occurs outside of class NOT Online Learning 1% - 50% Web-enhanced Courses F01A instruction occurs online 51% - 84% Hybrid H01A instruction occurs online Online Learning 85% - 100% Online Learning OL01 instruction occurs online

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