Online Expectations

Lake Superior College expects the following from all online students:

General Guidelines
  • Items in this list are general in nature.
  • Refer to specific course expectations as posted by the instructors of each individual online course at LSC.
First week of class
  • All online students are expected to login to the learning management system and enter their online courses during the first week of class. Ideally, students should enter their online courses on the first day of the term.
  • Activities to engage in include reading the course syllabus, posting to discussion forums if required, and other start-up activities as determined by each instructor.
Attendance (engagement)
  • LSC expects online students to attend courses on a regular basis. In the online learning system, “attendance” is determined by student engagement with the classroom tools, with other students, and with the instructor.
  • Students are expected to be aware of the Failure for Non-Attendance policy and how it applies to online courses. For distance/internet courses, students will be assigned an FN if they do not demonstrate attendance by accessing course functions and do not submit an assignment for 14 consecutive calendar days.
  • View the Non-attendance Policy.
  • Students are expected to continue logging-on to the online course system on a regular basis. Students should plan to log-in to the course at least several times a week to check for news and information, and to maximize their online participation.
Internet access
  • Online students are expected to have regular and reliable access to the Internet in order to access their online courses.
  • It is not necessary to have Internet access in your home, but it is highly recommended.
  • It is not necessary to use high-speed Internet access (cable, DSL, etc.), but it is highly recommended.
Computer skills
  • LSC expects all students to have or acquire basic computer skills.Online students are particularly expected to have familiarity with basic computer skills. Failure to do so can be expected to have a detrimental impact on student performance in the online learning environment.
  • Students should complete the optional Online Student Skills Tutorial that is available to all students inside the learning management system.
  • Access the LSC Online Skills Course inside D2L.
  • View screenshot of the LSC Online Skills Tutorial.
Textbooks (& other materials)
  • Students are expected to purchase textbooks or other required course materials IN ADVANCE of the start of the term, preferably 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the term to ensure that the books are in their possession at the start of the term.
  • Go to the LSC online bookstore.
  • Failure to acquire the required course materials in a timely manner is not an acceptable excuse for missing deadlines at the beginning of the course.
Policies & Code of Conduct
  • LSC administration expects that all college policies including the Student Code of Conduct will be applied to all students enrolled at the college. Online students are included in this expectation.
  • View all college policies.
Academic honesty
Netiquette (civility)
LSC Communications
  • LSC faculty and administration expects that all students will read and take action based upon the information sent to them via the LSC student email system.
  • Email is the official means of communication for the college. Students are expected to check their email regularly.
  • Official college policy on the use of email.
Resolving technical problems
  • LSC expects online students to resolve their own technology problems related to computers and related equipment as well as Internet access.
  • The college is not responsible for for fixing problems or troubleshooting issues that students might have with their own personal equipment or purchased services.
  • Students do have access to software purchases through te LSC Store.
Time commitment
  • LSC expects that online students will generally spend a similar amount of time to complete an online course as they would to complete the same course offered on campus.
  • The general guideline for college courses is to expect to spend three hours per week (on average throughout the term) for each credit hour of a course. For example, 9 hours of weekly work time would be considered “normal” for a 3-credit course.
  • There are naturally occurring variations to this expectation when looking at specific courses.
Time management
  • The college expects that students either have or will develop good time management skills as they relate to completing online course requirements.
  • Some suggestions include:
  1. Set aside specific hours of the day for schoolwork.
  2. Set your own deadlines based on your personal schedule in advance of the official deadline.
  3. Create your own calendar of class events and requirements, or keep up-to-date to-do lists.
  4. Don’t wait until it is too late to ask for help.
Course evaluations
  • LSC strongly encourages students to submit the optional end-of-term course evaluations for online courses.
  • Evaluations are typically made available about a week prior to the end of the term, take about 3-5 minutes to complete, and are completely anonymous.