What is Online Learning?

Online learning allows instruction and interaction to occur when students and instructors are not in the same place. You may also hear online learning called distance education, distance learning (DL), or eLearning.

Landmark College Dual Enrollment online courses deliver 100% of content online. Online courses provide greater flexibility of schedule and convenience of access to students, while allowing them to meet the same learning outcomes and level of rigor achieved in on-campus courses.

Will I have to be online at a given time?

Our courses 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. This is an essential component of our classes and may require students to use a synchronous tool (see below) provided by us to attend these sessions.
Courses may also have specific online meeting as a class. The instructor will list the dates and times of group meetings in the class schedule. If these occur, they will be recorded and shared for students who cannot attend the session and for future access.

  • Asynchronous - Means "not at the same time". Asynchronous tools, such as e-mail and discussion boards, allow participants to communicate without having to be online at the same time.
  • Synchronous – Means “occurring at the same time”. Synchronous tools, such as text chat, audio chat or video chat, require all participants to be online at the same time.
When and how long do the courses run?

Online dual enrollment courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters and the follow the same Landmark College on-campus academic calendar.
There are 14 weeks of course material within each semester for online dual enrollment courses. Each week contains a combination of engaging course materials and assignments such as discussion forums, projects, case studies, videos, written papers, presentations, and journals.

What makes a successful online learner at Landmark College?

Being successful in online courses is definitely possible!

To be successful in your online dual enrollment courses, you should:

  • Have a strong desire to learn.
  • Check your Landmark College email account several days each week.
  • Access your course daily to check for messages, announcements, and upcoming due dates.
  • Keep a calendar with reminders of assessment due dates and other important dates (e.g. registration dates, first day of class, last day of class, etc.).
  • Avoid procrastination! Complete and submit assigned work early. Instructors may deduct points or assign a grade of zero for work that is late.
  • Dedicate at least 2-3 hours per week for each course credit hour (e.g. plan to study at least 9 hours a week for a 3-credit course).
  • Maintain a regular study schedule/routine.
  • Study in a quiet, uninterrupted space.
  • Communicate regularly with your instructor and Course Advisor.
  • Utilizing all the resources available to you; your Course Advisor, the library, and other support services at your school can help you succeed.
  • Reach out when you need help!
Are Dual Enrollment Credits Transferable?

Yes, our credits are eligible for transfer because we are an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Because requirements vary by Higher Education institution, based upon curriculum alignment, the transferability of Landmark College Dual Enrollment credits is dependent on the college and the program to which the student is requesting the transfer of credits.

Registering for Courses

How do I register for a course?

One way to register is to go the High School Online Dual Enrollment page on the Landmark College website and download the application. Another is to follow these three steps:

  1. Open the course listings and check the syllabus link to determine which course to take
  2. Download the dual enrollment application
  3. Fill out and return the application to applyODE@landmark.edu or mail to the address on the application

For questions about eligibility, college transition, and partnerships, contact:

Tabitha A. Mancini, M.A.
Director of Customer Relations and Outreach, Online Education
Email: tabithamancini@landmark.edu

(802) 387-6881

Cost and Paying for Courses

What is the cost for courses?

The cost of each course is $1000. As of fall 2022, the cost of each course will be $1250. Each earns 3 college credits.

How do I pay for my courses?

Payment for each dual enrollment online course is due in full prior to the beginning of the semester. Lack of payment will delay student access to the online course.

Payment Process:

  • Upon receipt of the completed application, individuals who do not have a partner school will receive a welcome letter and the Enrollment and Payment Agreement from the Landmark College registrar.
  • Partner schools will receive an itemized invoice from the billing office at Landmark College 3 weeks after the semester start date. This invoice is based upon the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) document.

Making Payments:

  • Personal or Company Check: A personal or company check can be accepted for full payment. Please return the signed Enrollment and Payment Agreement with your check to the address listed on the agreement.
  • Credit Card Payments: Quikpay is the College’s convenient online system for credit card, debit card, and e-check payments. You can make online payments, review bills and examine payment history 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Quikpay accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and e-check for all payments.

International student payments: can use Quikpay to view bills, but Quikpay cannot be used for international payments. For international payments, students can use peerTransfer to make low-cost bank wire payments. Using peerTransfer, students can save on bank fees and exchange rates, track payments from start to finish, and have dedicated customer support for assistance.

School Choice: For Vermont Public School students check the Vermont Voucher Program for eligibility and payment information.

Questions about payment should be directed to:

Virginia Irish, Manager of Student Accounts
802-387-6845
mhiggins@landmark.edu

What happens if I drop or withdraw from a course?

Click here for Landmark College policies on course drops and withdrawals.

You may drop a class prior to the beginning of the semester by completing a Withdrawal Form on your own. If you choose to drop or withdraw from a course after the semester has begun, you must complete the withdrawal form, and obtain your Course Advisor’s signature.

Week of Voluntary Withdrawal

Percentage of Tuition Refunded

Academic Term/Semester

First Week

80%

Second Week

60%

Third Week

40%

Fourth Week

20%

After Fourth Week

0

Please note: It is the policy of Landmark College that no refund of fees be made if a student is suspended or expelled from the College.

Books and Materials

What textbooks and supplies do I need for my course(s)?

The Dual Enrollment Textbook and Supplies List needed for each Dual Enrollment Online course will be available on this page two weeks prior to the start of each semester. This list will contain the textbook and any additional supplies you will need for your course(s). This information will also be on the course syllabus.

How do I purchase textbooks?

Once you know what is needed for your course you may rent or purchase the textbook at any location including Amazon. Be sure to use the ISBN number to search for the required text. Only a matching ISBN number will ensure you have the correct volume and text.

When should I plan on purchasing the textbook(s) and supplies for my course(s)?

We strongly suggest obtaining the materials before the start of the semester to ensure a smooth transition into your course.

Partner School Responsibility:

Partner schools receive a new semester packet which contains the Dual Enrollment Textbook and Supplies List. This packet is distributed via email by the Director of Online Learning at least two weeks before the semester begins. This information can also be accessed on this page two weeks prior to the start of each semester. Partner schools are responsible for obtaining required textbooks in the requested formats for each student signed up for each course. This purchase should occur prior to the start of the semester. Textbooks are to be distributed to students by the liaisons in the first week of the semester.

What if I need my textbook or other course materials in alternative formats?

Digitization:

Most textbooks have the option to purchase the paper version, a digital version or both. When not specified in the Dual Enrollment Textbook and Supplies List for your semester course, the selection of platform is your choice. However, we strongly suggest purchasing both the physical textbook and the digital version. The digital version allows additional options to access the text i.e. text-to-speech, bookmarking, highlighting and more.

Landmark College offers our dual-enrolled students free access to digital versions of textbooks under certain conditions. These conditions are as follows:

1. You must purchase or rent the textbook. The textbook could be a print version, or an online version sold by the publisher or a vendor on behalf of the publisher. If the print or online textbook is rented, the rental period must be at minimum for the length of the student’s course.

2. Fill out the Landmark College Digital Text Request Form and attach the receipt from your book purchase.

3. Email the form and the receipt to the Landmark College Library email: library@landmark.edu or to Denise Jaffe, Director of Online Learning: denisejaffe@landmark.edu.

4. Once the request forms are received, the process is quick, many times the same day of receipt.

5. Once processed, the digital texts are released. A secure download portal will be provided to you to access your digitized materials.

Other types of alternative formats:

Other types of alternative formats may require an academic accommodation. The College has policies and procedures in place to evaluate requests and ensure access through an interactive process. Some formats can take a considerable amount of time to produce (e.g. braille), so please begin this process early.

To view policies and procedures for requesting academic accommodations at Landmark College please visit: https://www.landmark.edu/student-life/our-community/request-for-accommodations

Student self-advocacy and agency is always encouraged! If you are registered in a course and would like to review the format of the course materials, please reach out to your instructors.

Technology

What are the technology requirements to take an online course?

Students will need the ability to access our online course content through a browser running on a desktop or laptop computer. Mobile phones and tablets may not be adequate or appropriate for some aspects of the course materials. All popular browsers are supported, but we recommend Chrome or Firefox if available.

A web cam is highly recommended. A productivity suite such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office 365, Google G-Suite, or Open Office is recommended or may be required for Landmark College Online courses.

For Partner schools:

If students will be accessing courses from school networks, it’s important to note that some required materials are hosted on public sites including YouTube and Vimeo. If your school employs content filtering systems which block access to such sites, students may have issues completing their assignments and require your assistance in identifying alternate routes to the content.

What types of assistive technology (AT) is available?

Our learning management system, Canvas has the Microsoft Immersive Reader built into it.

Consider adding a text-to-speech option such as “Speak It” and a dictionary option such as “Google Dictionary” if needed.

Accommodations

How do I access disability-related accommodations?

Given the nature of Landmark College’s approach to teaching, students may find that many of the disability related academic accommodations which might be customary at traditional institutions of higher education may not be needed with a Landmark College online course.

However, if you feel that you may need individual academic accommodations, the College has policies and procedures in place to evaluate requests and ensure access.

To view policies and procedures for requesting academic accommodations at Landmark College please visit: https://www.landmark.edu/student-life/our-community/request-for-accommodations

Transcripts

Will I have a Landmark College transcript?

Yes. Once final grades are enteredby the instructor, your transcript is available.

The Unofficial Transcript request form is at:

https://www.landmark.edu/uploads/pages/doc/Landmark_Unofficial_Transcript_Request.pdf. It can also be located on the Registrar’s page on Landmark College’s main website.

Questions about transcripts should be directed to:

Registrar
802-387-6711 (phone)
802-387-6400 (fax)
registrar@landmark.edu

Grading

What grading system does LC use?

A student’s grade point average is calculated based on two values. The first is the total credit hours the student has taken, and the second is the total quality points the student has earned.When a GPA calculation extends beyond two decimal places it is truncated(a GPA calculation of 1.456 would be evaluated as 1.45.) The total credit hours a student has taken is equal to the sum of the credit hours assigned to each course she has successfully completed. It is the policy of Landmark College that the following shall constitute its Grading. More informtion can be accessed on the LC academics webpage.

Letter Grade GPA Equivalency Grade Scale Definition (credit courses only)
A 4.0 93-100 Excellent; distinguished achievement in all phases of the course
A- 3.7 90-92  
B+ 3.3 87-89 Very good; high level of achievement in some phases of the course
B 3.0 83-86  
B- 2.7 80-82  
C+ 2.3 77-79 Fair; basic understanding of subject has been demonstrated
C 2.0 73-76  
C- 1.7 70-72  
D+ 1.3 67-69 Poor; minimal performance
D 1.0 63-66  
D- 0.7 60-62 Passing
F 0.0 0-59 Failure
How do I get my grade?

Grades are always available through the Canvas interface in the Grades option on the Navigation menu. Final grades are available in Canvas (our learning management system) after the final dates of exams. Check the Landmark College Academic Calendar for specific dates.

How can I get the most out of my online course?

To get an A in your dual enrollment online courses, you should:

  1. Access Your Online Course Daily. It can be tempting to skip accessing your online class because the professor is not standing in front of you at a scheduled time. HOWEVER, you miss out on notes and fall behind VERY quickly. If you know you’re going to be absent ahead of time (i.e. family going on vacation), TELL YOUR INSTRUCTOR AHEAD OF TIME. Email them beforehand. Make arrangements with your instructor if there’s any assignments due the day(s) you will be absent. An unexcused absence on a day of a quiz or test means you cannot make up that quiz or test, unless you have special pre-arranged permission from the instructor.
  2. Notes are your best friend. Taking notes is a tried and true learning strategy. It assists in getting information from your short-term (temporary) memory into long-term memory. It’s how you study/review for a test or prepare for an essay. Consider writing notes in the margin of your textbook or changing the titles of a section into questions. Then write the answers to those questions in your notes.
    For example: Your textbook chapter heading is Causes of World War I. Change that in your notes to say, “What were the causes of WWI?” And then answer that question in the margins as you read.
  3. The syllabus is everything. Download and print a copy of the syllabus. The download link is available on the Syllabus tab in your course navigation menu. Once printed, highlight any DUE DATES. This will serve as a reminder to you about assignments, their deadlines and all the instructors’ policies. Add this to your binder for easy reference.
  4. Keep a planner. Write down due dates and homework. And/or USE YOUR PHONE calendar/alarm to set reminders.
  5. Network! Get to know and get contact info for at least one other person in your course. College courses are a great way to build a social network of friends and peers who also share learning issues and desire to achieve their college dreams.
  6. Observe/Ask others. Which specific strategies are your peers using that seem to help them? Do they make flash cards? Does writing notes in a notebook work better than typing? Do they use their phone for calendar/date reminders, or use highlighters, or participate in discussions in a different way?

Support Services

Can I use the campus library resources if I am an online student?

Yes!

The Landmark College Library offers a full range of research services and academic materials, including unparalleled resources on learning disabilities and differences. As a Landmark College Dual Enrollment student, you will have full access to library resources digitally, or by telephone during library hours.