College START

Students with learning differences (LD), including ADHD, autism, executive function challenges, or a learning disability such as dyslexia, often struggle with traditional online learning. LC Online is different. Students with LD succeed. Why? Our online courses are based on approaches we have used for many years on campus and in our unique online offerings. College START is for students who need key resources and support with academics and social skills, but in an online setting, as they transition to, or even return to, college.

Course Descriptions

Fall 2022 Courses

In this one-credit, Career Exploration/ Self-Assessment course, students will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of their interests, values, personality, skills, strengths, and areas of challenge as they explore future career options. They will reflect upon current trends in career development and understand more about who they are, how they process information, how they make decisions, why work is important to them, and what kind of work might be the most natural fit for them. Students will explore developmental issues associated with personality and career development, and they will be encouraged to consider ways in which they might maximize their strengths to meet the demands of specific work and/or classroom environments. Interest inventories will be administered to facilitate career exploration, and panels, field trips, and/or presentations throughout the semester will be used to enhance students’ understanding of the strengths and skills required of employees working in a variety of professions. Students will conduct in-depth research related to careers of interest and develop a career development plan at the end of the course.

This course surveys the dynamic environment in which businesses operate today. Students learn about economic concepts, business organization, forms of ownership, management, marketing, and managing financial resources. Actual business cases are used to explore the impact that managerial roles, market trends, legal standards, technological change, natural resources, global competition, and the active involvement of government has on businesses. The relationship between social responsibility and profits in our free enterprise system is explored. Credits: 3

This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. Credits: 3

This first-semester course is designed to introduce students to theories related to the cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural dimensions of learning. The purpose of the course is to foster self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning, and self-advocacy. Metacognition and critical thinking will be prominent themes throughout this course. Students will reflect on learning and teaching processes while applying learning strategies that can be transferred to other courses of study as a proactive approach to self-advocacy. Strategies for active reading, note-taking, test-taking, long-term project planning, and organizing materials will be modeled, practiced, and assessed. Students will be expected to critically read, discuss, and utilize a body of readings for a variety of academic tasks. In addition, students will learn about the laws that protect individuals with disabilities, receive an in-depth orientation to the on-campus services that provide academic and emotional support, and establish short and long-term goals related to promoting effective self-management. Credits: 3

Students today live in a digitally connected world. This credit course is designed to teach students the digital tools, behaviors, and ethics necessary to thrive in this ever-evolving technological landscape. Instruction is designed so that students interact with a variety of topics, including accessing and assessing information, understanding their digital footprint, using technology purposefully and ethically, managing digital communications, and protecting themselves online. Students will use digital tools to construct knowledge, produce artifacts, and refine their approach to living in a digital world. Credits: 3

This course provides students with a foundation upon which to develop life-long personal financial management skills. Topics include: the importance of personal finance; financial planning and the time-value of money; money management skills such as budgeting, balancing a checkbook, taxes, cash management, credit/debit cards, and major purchases (auto, home, education); insurance (property/liability, health, life); and investments (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, portfolio management, real estate, retirement planning). Math Level 3 or higher required. Credits: 3

This course examines the evolution of seminal ideas of enduring significance for Western civilization. Students trace ideas about religion, philosophy, politics, economics, technology and aesthetics from classical Greece through Roman civilization to the Christian and Muslim cultures of the Middle Ages. Students are encouraged to draw parallels between the early forms of these ideas and their expression in current society. Credits: 3

This course emphasizes the interconnected nature of writing and reading at the college level. Students develop and refine individualized writing and critical reading processes while working with a variety of rhetorical strategies and structures. Students are asked to express their ideas and integrate material from texts through participating in class discussions, completing informal assignments, and writing academic papers of increasing length and complexity. Credits: 3

Spring 2023 Courses (coming soon)

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