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Summer Online

New for Summer 2020 LC@Home:
Landmark College is offering online programming to help students maintain the learning momentum they established during the traditional semester and provides a chance to earn credits toward graduation!

Today, online or remote learning is the new normal for most students. As students are learning to pivot quickly in order to meet the current demands, some are better prepared than others. It is believed that the online platform is not “user friendly” to students who learn differently (LD). Yet for the past seven years, Landmark College has been successfully offering online courses to high school students with executive function (EF) challenges as part of our online dual enrollment program.

Using this experience with online and LD as the springboard, we are uniquely able to offer EF scaffolded online courses coupled with our high touch model of student supports for our Associate and Baccalaureate courses, now being offered online, and our 2020 Summer programs.

Online and the Landmark College Advantage:
Any learning that occurs over the internet is broadly described as online learning, but there are many models and approaches. LC’s comparative advantage in the online arena is due to:

  • Our team-based and highly networked approach to addressing individual and unique needs of each student. Teams from admissions, academic affairs, student affairs, our research institute, online department, and IT are continually working together to ensure a continuum of services and supports across all elements of a student’s online learning experience.
  • Adaptation of our resource rich learning environment to online through a holistic lens focused on all elements of a student’s college experience. Online academics is equally balanced with social/emotional learning, online adaptations for internships, independent study, student supports, social pragmatics, and transitions.
  • Faculty and staff preparedness for online delivery guided by the Landmark College Seal of Quality for Online Learning, which includes best practices curated from established and evidence based practices in the field and infused with Landmark College pedagogies for students with LD.

How are Landmark College Online Courses Designed?
Landmark College online courses are engineered to support students with executive function challenges, such as, difficulty with time management, prioritizing, organizing, getting started, staying focused on the task at hand, and so on. Our courses uniquely support the profiles of students with LD.

The four elements that make LC online courses unique:

  • Best practices for our online courses are grounded in the principle of universal design for learning (UDL) and are guided by tenets of nondirective coaching. For instance, our online courses start by creating an online community of learners where students feel safe and supported as they engage with their online peers.

  • An advantage of online learning is the availability of technologies that make learning efficient and accessible for all students, including students with LD. LC goes well beyond assistive technologies to leverage capabilities of the digital platform. For instance, information on a digital screen is inherently malleable and can be read in print, or with text-to-speech options and can be embedded with video clips and supports (links) that make the content accessible. We use technology in our online courses to create learning efficiencies and engagement.

  • LC online course design is deliberately engineered to be supportive of students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and executive function challenges. For instance, online navigation is intuitive, and directions are repeated frequently to ensure that students are not lost in the online platform. Social presence of the faculty member and peers is supported through faculty videos, multiple communication channels, and active presence of an online course advisor. The online course advisor is a key element of this model. The online course advisor connects with students frequently, and in many cases, on a daily basis to facilitate connectedness, problem-solving, critical thinking, and development of independent learning skills.

  • Assessment informs product development in a continuous loop. Online courses are continually revised and refined (3 times a year) to incorporate student and instructor feedback. For instance, based on feedback and awareness of LD learning profiles, our course modules have a similar layout, making it easier for students to navigate; text per screen is minimized to assist those with visual processing difficulties, some courses include daily recommended study guides, and feedback is used by course advisors to frame their advising with individual students.

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