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Online Dual Enrollment

Preparing Students with Learning Differences for College Transition

Our approach to online learning is personalized and highly supported, empowering students to develop and hone critical academic skills, explore their interests, and earn college credits while in high school.

Courses are available to individual students anywhere to take or in active collaboration with individual high schools and districts.

What makes our program unique?

Our model is guided by Landmark College pedagogies honed over three decades of working with students who learn differently. The program’s uniqueness derives from having a course advisor, a support structure that scaffolds executive function skill building.

Course Advisor

  • In addition to the course instructor, each student has a course advisor. The aim of the course advisor is to assist students in navigating the online learning environment and helps them stay on top of course assignments through regular check-ins based on each student’s need
  • Course Advisors use a nondirective coaching approach, which looks to the student for problem solving in a supportive and nonjudgmental way, creating a safe space for students to grow as independent learners

Design

  • Courses are developed using the infusion of Landmark College’s pedagogies and research-based best practices for online learning
  • Our course design uses the conceptual framework of Universal Design and include embedded supports and skill development of executive functions

Personalized

  • Small class size helps customize the learning environment and make it personal. Each course has a maximum of 12 – 14 students per instructor and liaison

Program Overview

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Testimonial

Educators and student body from Winston Preparatory Schools discuss why the program is valuable to them (Transcript)

Who should take our courses?

College-bound rising high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students who struggle with learning primarily due to a learning disability (such as dyslexia), ADHD, autism, and executive function challenges who are seeking to gain the skills necessary for a successful transition to college.

What are the benefits?

Our dual enrollment courses offer college preparedness and transition benefits in academic, social-emotional, and economic domains:

Academic

  • Earn college credits while in high school
  • Engage in the college experience and learn more about the transition to college
  • Explore targeted courses of interest
  • Become adept in working within digital learning environments

Social-Emotional

  • Experience and build communication skills with peers in a college context
  • Build self-confidence and awareness of self-advocacy
  • Work with faculty who understand the academic needs of a variety of cognitive profiles, reducing anxiety about the learning process

Economic

  • Reduce student loans that are typically associated with extending college graduation time by earning college credits early
  • Reduce the need for additional costly paid support programs while in college

 

How does our model support students with executive function challenges?

In addition to our course design, students meet with either an onsite school course advisor or an online course advisor provided by Landmark College who ensures they understand navigation within the digital environment and Learning Management Systems (in our case, Canvas). The course advisor works closely with students to clarify technical and procedural hurdles that students typically need to resolve on their own in college. Students learn how to participate in synchronous (live) and asynchronous discussions and learn about the multiple affordances of online learning in supporting individual needs, such as frequent communication with instructors via digital and live web-based means, interacting with an online learning community of peers nationwide, and supports for time management, organization, and self-regulation.

What types of courses are offered?

Foundational courses are offered in a variety of disciplines. Availability of a course listed below may vary from semester to semester. All courses earn three college credits.

NEW: Scholarships Available

We are proud to offer financial need-based Online Dual Enrollment scholarship opportunities due to the gracious support of the Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation. To apply for a course scholarship, please include the Financial Aid Application (this link) in addition to the course application form, and submit to ApplyODE@landmark.edu

Scholarships are limited and applicants should consider applying as soon as possible. Applications are awarded on a rolling basis. Both families and schools are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the scholarships page, also found in the left-hand navigation menu.

Questions?

More detailed information and the cost of courses can be found on the FAQ on the left navigation bar.

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Contact

For additional information and school partnership opportunities please contact:

Tabitha A. Mancini, M.A.
Director of Customer Relations and Outreach, Online Learning
online@landmark.edu direct: tabithamancini@landmark.edu
802-387-6881


Course Offerings

  • Introduction to Business—BUS1011
    This course surveys the dynamic environment in which businesses operate today. Students learn about economic concepts, business organization, forms of ownership, management, marketing, and managing financial resources. Actual business cases are used to explore the impact that managerial roles, market trends, legal standards, technological change, natural resources, global competition, and the active involvement of government has on businesses. The relationship between social responsibility and profits in our free enterprise system is explored. Credits: 3

  • Introduction to Communications—COM1011
    This course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the way they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. Credits: 3

    Introduction to Public Speaking—COM1071
    This course introduces public speaking through applying communication theory and techniques to a variety of different presentation contexts, Students will learn how to select and organize ideas; adapt a message to an audience with confidence and enthusiasm. Students will be required to research and present at least 3 prepared in-class speeches. Public speaking is a skill that can be mastered by anyone with motivation and determination. Credits: 3

  • Introduction to Computer Applications—CSC1011
    This course builds student capacities to solve problems and improve academic success using computer applications and technology widely available as software packages, primarily the Microsoft Office Suite. As a why-to as well as a how-to course, topics include an introduction to the history of computing and computers in education, case studies of real-world applications, student productivity projects aimed at integration of computer applications and digital literacy. This course focuses on using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote in a variety of academic and productivity tasks. Credits: 3

    Introduction to Programming—CSC1631
    This course includes the fundamentals of computer programming with an emphasis on problem solving methods and algorithm development. Topics include design and implementation of programs that use events, functions, conditionals, loops, recursion and various data structures. Students will be expected to design, implement, and debug programs in a functional programming language. Credits: 3

    Introduction to Web Development—CSC 1021
    This course provides an overview of basic programming and information principles to design and create web-based user-centered experiences. Students will be exposed to the logical elements of programming languages (e.g., HTML, Java Script, JQuery) as well as how to use web and graphics software editors. In addition to developing functional user-centered web sites, students will gain an understanding of the capabilities of accessible and interactive design by examining the history, infrastructure, and future of the Internet. Credits: 3

  • Perspectives in Learning—EDU1011
    Perspectives in Learning is designed to foster student’s self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning, and self-advocacy. The course introduces theories, and their practical implications, related to the cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural dimensions of learning. Throughout the 14-week course are opportunities for students to practice study skills, including active reading, note-taking, test-taking, self-management, and technology competencies. Students will explore laws that protect individuals with diagnosed learning differences, as well as the resources and accommodations that provide academic, social, and emotional support. Credits: 3

  • Humanities I: Ancient & Medieval Western Culture—HIS1011
    This course examines the evolution of seminal ideas of enduring significance for Western civilization. Students trace ideas about religion, philosophy, politics, economics, technology and aesthetics from classical Greece through Roman civilization to the Christian and Muslim cultures of the Middle Ages. Students are encouraged to draw parallels between the early forms of these ideas and their expression in current society. Credits: 3

  • Statistics—MAT1371
    This online course focuses on how statistics are used to inform decisions within the fields of business, social science, and life science. Topics covered include descriptive and inferential statistics, organizing and visualizing data, basic probability, the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, linear regression, and multiple regression. The course also provides an introduction to software used to understand statistical concepts and perform statistical procedures. Credits: 3

    Math online placement exam is required (additional $25.00 exam fee).

  • Introduction to Sociology—SOC1011
    This course introduces students to the scientific study of human social life, groups and societies. Students learn and apply concepts commonly used by sociologists in framing their understanding of institutions, cultures, networks, organizations, and social relations. Students acquire the conceptual tools that enable them to give social context to individual human behavior. Major topics include sociological theory and methods; culture and society; stratification, class and inequality; gender inequality; ethnicity and race; families; education; religion; and political and economic life. In addition, these topics are presented within the broader context of globalization. Class activities and discussions will regularly be supplemented with short film clips selected from award-winning documentaries. Credits: 3

    PSY1011—Introduction to Psychology
    This course introduces students to the fields of study in modern psychology. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to answer the following questions: What is psychology? What are the methods of investigation in psychology? How is the science of psychology applied to individuals and groups? This course covers topics such as learning, cognition, memory, emotion, perception, personality, developmental psychology, stress & health, psychological disorders, and the biological underpinnings of behavior. Credits: 3

  • Creative Writing—CRW1011
    This course will focus on expressive writing in many different forms. Students will have the opportunity to explore several different types of poetry and prose styles, as well as responding to fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. Originality and writing that shows thought will be emphasized. Strategies to avoid writer’s block and new ways to uncover ideas for writing will be studied. Peer reviews and sharing ideas are essential elements to this course. Credits: 3

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