Preparing Students with Learning Differences for College Transition.
Our approach to online learning is personalized and highly supported, empowering students to develop and hone critical academic skills, explore their interests, and earn college credits while in high school.
- Courses are available to individual students anywhere to take or in active collaboration with individual high schools and districts.
What makes our program unique?
- In addition to the course instructor, each student has a course advisor. The aim of the course advisor is to assist students in navigating the online learning environment and help them stay on top of course assignments through regular check-ins based on each student’s need.
- Course advisors use a nondirective coaching approach that looks to the student for problem solving in a supportive and nonjudgmental way, creating a safe space for students to grow as independent learners.
- Courses are developed using the infusion of Landmark College’s pedagogies and research-based best practices for online learning.
- Our course design uses the conceptual framework of Universal Design and include embedded supports and skill development of executive functions.
- Small class sizes allow us to customize learning environments and make them more personal. Each course has a maximum of 12 to 14 students.
Our Online Dual Enrollment (ODE) courses deliver 100% of content online and have both asynchronous and synchronous components. Online courses offer greater access with more convenience and flexibility of schedules while allowing them to meet the same learning outcomes and level of rigor achieved in on-campus courses. 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 and course advisor. This is an essential component of our classes and may require students to use a synchronous tool provided by us to attend these sessions.
What part is asynchronous (not at the same time)?
- Peer engagement
- Postings/discussion boards
- Peer review projects
- Recorded small lectures and multimedia
What part is synchronous (live/at the same time)?
- Instructor: One-to-one scheduled student conferences and office hours for feedback and coaching.
- Course Advisor: One-to-one regularly schedule student conferences for executive coaching support.
Who should take our courses?
College-bound high school juniors, seniors, and PG students (postgraduates affiliated with a high school) who struggle with learning primarily due to learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), ADHD, autism or executive function challenges and who are seeking to gain the skills necessary for a successful transition to college.
What are the benefits?
Our dual enrollment courses offer college preparedness and transition benefits in academic, social-emotional, and economic domains:
- Earn college credits while in high school
- Engage in the college experience and learn more about the transition to college
- Explore targeted courses of interest
- Become adept in working within digital learning environments
- Experience and build communication skills with peers in a college context
- Build self-confidence and awareness of self-advocacy
- Work with faculty who understand the academic needs of a variety of cognitive profiles, reducing anxiety about the learning process
- Reduce student loans that are typically associated with extending college graduation time by earning college credits early
- Reduce the need for costly support programs while in college
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How does our model support students with executive function challenges?
In addition to our course design, students meet with either an onsite school course advisor or an online course advisor provided by Landmark College who ensures they understand navigation within the digital environment and Learning Management Systems (in our case, Canvas). The course advisor works closely with students to clarify technical and procedural hurdles that students typically need to resolve on their own in college. Students learn how to participate in synchronous (live) and asynchronous discussions and learn about the multiple affordances of online learning in supporting individual needs, such as frequent communication with instructors via digital and live web-based means, interacting with an online learning community of peers nationwide, and supports for time management, organization, and self-regulation.
What types of courses are offered?
Foundational courses are offered in a variety of disciplines. Availability of a course listed below may vary from semester to semester. All courses earn three college credits.
Online Readiness Training
It is essential that students choosing to learn online understand and develop the skills required to be successful. We recognize that in general, students can experience a high amount of stress and anxiety as they attempt to learn both the academic content and the skills needed to access, navigate, and respond to that content. The Landmark College Online Student Readiness training allows students to gain practical skills to support their long-term success with online learning. This training contains 7 modules each discussing areas of online learning, which address the areas of:
- Getting Ready for Online Learning
- Study Habits
- Reading & Research Strategies
- Communication Skills
- Adjusting to College
Students who complete the training receive the Landmark College Online Learning Readiness Badge from Badgr, a professional digital badging company. The “adjusting to college” module helps students understand the landscape of a college or university. This includes the ability to articulate the skills needed and build the internal motivation to be engaged and successful in a college level course. This readiness training is self-directed, provided free of charge to enrolled Online Dual Enrollment students, and is available two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
We are proud to offer Online Dual Enrollment scholarship opportunities based on financial need. These scholarships are made possible through the gracious support of the Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation. Applications are awarded on a rolling basis and both families and schools are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are limited and applicants should consider applying as soon as possible. Visit Online Dual Enrollment Scholarships for more information.
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For additional information and school partnership opportunities please contact:
Senior Director for Outreach, Partnerships, and Short-Term Programs
For interest in programs and partnerships in the California, Bay Area please contact:
Sandra A. Fishler, M.A. PPSC
Regional Director, Online Programs
California, Bay Area