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.
- 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 help 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
- 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
- Small class size helps customize the learning environment and make it personal. Each course has a maximum of 12 – 14 students per instructor and course advisor
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Educators and student body from Winston Preparatory Schools discuss why the program is valuable to them.
Our Online Dual Enrollment (ODE) courses deliver 100% of content online and have both asynchronous and synchronous components. Online courses provide greater of convenience of access and flexibility with schedules while allowing them to meet the same learning outcomes and level of rigor achieved in on-campus courses. They do not require students to be online on a set day of the week and time. However, courses will include real-time interaction with the instructor and course advisor. This is an essential component of our classes and may require students to use a synchronous tool provided by us to attend these sessions.
- Asynchronous (not at the same time) tools, such as email and discussion boards, allow participants to communicate without having to be online at the same time.
- Synchronous (occurring at the same time) tools, such as text chat, audio chat, or video chat, require all participants to be online at the same time.
What part is Asynchronous (not at the same time)?
- Peer engagement
- Postings/discussion boards
- Peer review projects
- Recorded small lectures and multimedia
What part is Synchronous (live/at the same time)?
- Instructor: one-to-one scheduled student conferences and office hours for feedback and coaching
- Course Advisor: one-to-one regularly schedule student conferences for executive coaching support
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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