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Online Education Handbook (PDF)
A complete guide to Distance Education at Lee College.

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To provide educational opportunities to students through an alternative delivery method, Lee College faculty will provide and promote superior online learning in keeping with expectations of local industry and four-year institutions.

Distance Learning

Distance education provides quality education in a non-traditional environment, where the student and faculty member are in different locations. Lee College faculty strive to promote superior online learning through the college’s online learning management system (LMS).

Distance education 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 distance education courses are defined as:

Fully Distance Education 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. (Fully distance education courses designated in the semester schedule as “OL”)

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. (hybrid/blended course designated in the semester schedule as “HY”)

Hybrid and Blended Courses at a Glance

Distance Education Course Length

Courses are completed during a single semester with deadlines set by instructors for assigned course work. Courses may be offered in a variety of lengths throughout the semester. During the Spring & Fall semester, classes will be offered in 16 week, 12 week, or 8 week sessions.  During 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 Learning 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 2 Internet browsers- for example, PC users, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, and for Mac users, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. PC users need an operating system of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Mac users need an operating system of 10.5 or 10.6. In order for the components to work correctly, Java must be installed.

Virtual College of Texas (VCT)

Through a cooperative agreement, Texas community colleges share online courses. Students register through Lee College and are supported by local counseling, library tutoring and testing services while they take classes from remote sites. Enrollment procedures are outlined in the class schedule. Testing is provided through the Counseling Center in Moler Hall on the Baytown campus. Students who are interested in enrolling into a VCT course should inquire early and work with the Counseling Center to complete the approval and registration processes for VCT courses. Assistance can be provided face-to-face during regular business hours or through the onlinevct@lee.edu e-mail account.