LEWISTON, Idaho – For those interested in going back to school, curious about taking online courses, or simply thinking about trying college level coursework for the first time, Lewis-Clark State College has developed an opportunity which may fit the bill.
LCSC is offering a new college course this fall designed specifically to allow individuals to get a feel for college – especially online learning – without making a major investment. The special topics one-credit class titled “SD 192: Introduction to Online Coursework” is available to students of all ages and backgrounds for only $50.
“This is an important initiative to both attract new students and retain those already enrolled,” said Lori Stinson, LCSC provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We sometimes encounter students who are unable to complete their program of study by coming to campus, but because they are unfamiliar with online learning, they drop out rather than explore online options.”
The low-cost, high-reward course will cover a broad range of topics including how to use Blackboard (LCSC’s online learning system), an overview of academic support services, identifying e-Learning Services and LCSC policies related to online courses, tips and best practices for online learning, and how to use Google Apps for Education tools to complete coursework and collaborate with peers.
Two sections of the course will be offered with the first beginning Sept. 14 and the second Oct. 5. Upon completion of the course students will have earned a credit that may be applied to an associate or bachelor’s degree.
“Online courses and programs of study, whether fully or partially online, are important options for those who cannot travel to campus or easily attend courses due to work or family obligations,” said Stinson. “This one-credit introductory, pass/fail course, allows new and continuing students to explore the learning management system, Blackboard Learn, and become familiar with the online learning environment.”
Students must fill out an application and register for the course before the first day of class, and space is limited. To apply, or to receive more information, contact the admissions office at 208-792-2210 or [email protected].
With 178 online courses this fall alone, Lewis-Clark State offers a number of programs which can be completed completely online. Among those are Business Administration (AS/BS), Management (BS), Early Childhood Development (AAS/BAS), Web Development (AAS), Liberal Arts (AA), RN to BSN, and Interdisciplinary Studies (BS/BA).