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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I register for online courses at Lamar State College-Orange?

Register just as you would for any on-campus course. Go to the Admissions page for more information and to enroll.

Q. How do I get to Desire2Learn in order to access the course and to send my assignments?

To access Desire2Learn from home or from campus go to http://lsco.desire2learn.com. Enter your username and then your PIN as the password. The default PIN is your date of birth (MMDDYY). This will take you to the Desire2Learn Homepage.

Q. What information do I need to log in to Desire2Learn?

You will need your User Name, which is your MyLSC-O username.
You will need your password, which is by default your PIN (Date of birth in the format MMDDYY).

Q. How do I find my course once I am logged in to Desire2Learn?

After logging in to Desire2Learn, find your course in the list of My Courses in the center of the homepage.

You will see the course from the day the semester begins, not before that.

If your course is not listed on the day the course/semester begins, you will need to contact Help Desk at Phone: (409) 882- 3033

Q. What are the technical recommendations for using Desire2Learn?

Technical recommendations are available online by clicking here.

Q. How do I know if my computer meets the minimum requirements to take an online course?

You need to check the technical recommendations to make sure you have the hardware and software items you need in order to participate in an online course.

Q. What is a PDF file and how do I use it?

PDF, or Portable Document Format, is a file format created by Adobe Company to transfer files over the internet. As you work through your courses, certain documents will be available for download in this format. PDF files can be viewed or printed from any computer with an Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in.

Q. How do I go about downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader?

You can download a free version of the Adobe Reader plug-in from the Adobe website below:

Q. Do I need advanced computer skills to take an online course?

No. If you are familiar with basics of computers, are comfortable surfing the Internet and sending and receiving email, you should be able to successfully participate in an online course.

Q. Can I start a course at any time?

Courses will follow LSC-O's standard academic calendar with new classes beginning each Fall, Spring, and Summer. Check the registration and admission information for the semester of your choice.

Q. Are there restrictions on when and where I can work on my course?

When taking online courses, you do not have to be at a specific location at a specific date or time. Each course will have its own timeline and you will be required to complete the assignments within this time frame, however, you choose where and when you will work on your course.

Q. My boyfriend (girlfriend, neighbor, cousin, etc.) just bought a new computer. Can I use his/her computer to take this course?

LSC-O does not recommend it. Taking online courses requires high time commitments, which might make it hard to share computers.

Q. Can I use the computers in the Ron E. Lewis Library and/or Learning Center to take online courses?

Yes. There are many computers in the Library and Learning Center that meet the required specifications for this course. To use them, you will need a valid LSC-O student identification card with a bar code. You will also be required to adhere to the LSC-O Computer Use Policy.

If you decide to use the on-campus computers, you should be aware your instructor cannot guarantee the availability of these computers. Machines are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. When the computers are busy, you may have to wait. The staff may impose time limits if there are students waiting.

Q. How much do online classes cost?

Online courses cost the same as any other on-campus course, with an additional $50 internet course fee.

Q. Are the academic credits for online classes the same as on-campus courses?

Yes, you receive the same credit as an on-campus course. The work required and content are the same as the equivalent on-campus courses. In addition, your transcript will not indicate whether the course was taken online or on-campus.

Q. Are online courses considered "true" or "real" college courses?

Yes. Online courses at LSC-O are taught by LSC-O faculty and adjunct professors. Each course meets the same academic requirements as traditional on-campus course counterpart. Sometimes, it is taught by the same instructor.

Q. How is studying online different from traditional studying?

The quality of online courses is the same as that of traditional courses. The major difference is that you do not have to travel to the campus to attend your class. You can participate in your course from any location where a computer with Internet access is available. You will have the same access to the professors and instructors as those students who attend classes on campus. LSC-O's online courses include video and audio clips, PowerPoint slides, lectures, discussions, readings, and chat sessions.

Q. Will I be able to interact with my professor?

Yes. You will be able to communicate with your professor through e-mail, real-time chat sessions, and online discussions. Professors will also keep scheduled "virtual office hours" each week, that is posted in the syllabus.

Q. Will I be able to interact with the other students in my class?

Yes. You will be able to communicate with other students through chat sessions, discussion board posts and e-mail. Discussion board postings and emails allow you to hold conversations with other students and your instructor, without having to be online at the same time. Chat sessions can be used for communicating in real time.

Q. How many online courses am I allowed to take at once?

It depends on your experience with online classes. Beginners are advised to take just one online class at a time. Be sure to check the syllabus for each class in order to become familiar with the course requirements before registering for a class.