Welcome to Distance Education

Online Courses or On-Campus Courses?


Similarities to on-campus courses
  • As rigorous as on-campus classes
  • Not self-paced, and have weekly or daily deadlines
  • Start and end in the same academic term as on-campus courses
  • Rules and requirements for withdrawals and incompletes are the same as on-campus courses
  • Have quizzes, exams, projects, assignments, and require the purchase of a textbook(s)
  • Require "attendance." Students must access their online course as early as possible during the first week of the term and complete first week coursework. Completing coursework during the first week lets the instructor know the student is "attending" class. Failure to login and complete the first week's coursework will cause students to be automatically dropped from the course.
  • Course syllabi are just as important, if not more so, than on-campus courses

Differences from on-campus courses
  • Accessible anytime, 24/7, and anywhere you can connect to the internet
  • Require more self-discipline to successfully complete
  • Offer more interaction with coursemates and instructors through discussion forum posting/replying
  • There is a $21.50 per credit fee for each Distance Education class.

Are online classes for me?

Online classes aren’t for everyone. To help you decide whether you are a good candidate for taking online classes, see the web page Are Online Classes for Me?

What classes are being offered online?

To see a list of online classes, go to the class schedule on the KCC website and choose a term.

If no online classes are listed, the schedule has not been finalized. Please check back later or contact Distance Education at 541-880-2374 or DistanceEducation@klamathcc.edu.

How do I register?

Read more at Getting Started with Online Classes.

KCC offers online (distance education) courses, degrees, and a certificate in fulfillment of its mission to provide accessible, quality education and services in response to the diverse needs of the students, businesses, and the community.

Online courses provide opportunities for students to take classes from anywhere, and allow education to take place around busy schedules. Online courses require self-motivation to complete the coursework on time, and the ability to communicate with coursemates and instructors in an online fashion.

To find out if Distance Education courses will work for you, please read through the information provided here and on linked pages.

Please Note: There is a $21.50 per credit fee for each Distance Education class.

Netiquette
Effective written communication is an important part of online learning. In a face-to-face classroom, body language, verbal responses, and questions help the facilitator and participants communicate with each other. In an online environment, however, misunderstandings can easily occur when participants do not follow basic rules of netiquette (online etiquette). Therefore, please use the following guidelines when communicating in this course:
  • Use a descriptive subject line in forum posts.
  • Include your name in all e-mails because recipients cannot always tell who you are based on your e-mail address.
  • Derogatory comments, ranting, and vulgar language are not acceptable in any form of communication in this course.
  • Keep in mind that something you consider offensive may be unintentional.
  • Any student who engages in inappropriate and disruptive communication may be dropped from the course, assigned a grade of “F,” and be ineligible for a tuition refund.
  • If you are concerned about something that appears unacceptable, please inform your instructor.
  • Do not use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in online communication, as doing so indicates you are yelling. Limited use of capitalized words is acceptable when you need to emphasize a point.
  • You may use appropriate emoticons/emojis in the forums, chats, and messages.
 
 
Student Code of Conduct (https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/Students/Code-of-Conduct)
The student code of conduct (“code”) maintains the integrity of the college mission and promotes a safe learning environment. Unwillingness or inability of a student to abide by the code may result in disciplinary actions.

The College expects a culture of respect free from harassment and bullying and similar behaviors, whether verbal or physical. Students shall:
  • Be responsible college citizens, respecting the dignity, rights and freedoms of others, individual
    differences, and diversity.
  • Practice academic honesty. Students shall not cheat, plagiarize, or steal examinations or course material.
  • Not obstruct or disrupt teaching or authorized college activities and functions on college premises or at college-sponsored events, or in the community.
  • Not make unauthorized entry to or use of college facilities or block access to or egress from such areas.
  • Not participate in physical or verbal abuse or behave in a manner that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person on college premises or at college- sponsored functions. Students shall not participate in sexual or other harassment of any member of the college community, or display conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or obscene.
  • Respect the property of others. Students shall not steal or damage college property or that of a member of the College community or a visitor to the College.
  • Use college supplies, equipment, and funds only as authorized by College employees.
  • Not use, possess, or distribute alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms, explosives, dangerous
    chemicals, substances, instruments, or other weapons or items that can be used to inflict bodily harm or material damage on college premises or at college-sponsored functions. Exception: prior written approval may be requested by the College for in-class display or demonstration; see “Marijuana, Alcohol, and Controlled Substances” in the KCC Student Handbook.
  • Comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties, including requests to provide identification. Students shall not violate college policies or regulations, nor any local, state, or federal laws or regulations.
  • Refrain from use of tobacco and related products on college premises or at college-sponsored events other than as permitted in designated areas. See “Smoking and Tobacco” in the KCC Student Handbook.
  • Not have cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices on audible response while in classrooms, the Learning Resource Center, or other learning environments.
  • Not knowingly give false information to the College, or forge, alter, or misuse college documents, records, or identification.
 
Top 5 Strategies for Student Success in Online Classes
- from Nicole Mace, KCC online instructor

1. Connect Once a Day. 

Here’s why: Your online course is a live learning environment. Stay connected with your instructor, classmates, and course due dates by checking your Canvas inbox, class announcements, and weekly modules once a day. 
Pro tips: 1) Download the free Canvas app on your phone. 2) Set your notification preferences so you never miss a message, a due date change, or a class announcement.

2. Go to Modules to Learn, not the Calendar.

Here’s why: The Calendar (or upcoming assignments section) will only show you when an assignment is due, not when it was assigned. Your instructor may have given you two or three weeks to work on an assignment, but you’d never know if you are only looking at the calendar. Not to mention all the learning activities and resources you’d miss too.
Pro tip: Repeat after me… ”Mastery is in the Modules.” 

3. Ask for Help, Clarification, More Resources, or Feedback.

Here’s why: You have online instructors for a reason. They want to help, guide and support you. Message them to ask for clarification, a different resource if you are not understanding, or to get feedback on an assignment. The one factor you must remember is to allow the instructor time to respond. 
Pro tips: 1) Work on your assignments at least three days before they are due. That way if you do have a question for the instructor, you’ve allowed enough time to get a response before the assignment is due. 2) Block out time in the week to work on assignments and set yourself up for success.

4. Actively Participate.

Here’s why: Students who actively participate in online courses get better grades. It’s just like a face-to-face course. Students who review the material, apply what they have learned, communicate with their instructors, and discuss concepts with their peers will get the most out of the course. Plus, your classmates need you… they need your opinions, your thoughts, and your questions. We grow best by learning from each other.
Pro tip: In Canvas, find Account on the left-side navigation. Then click "Notifications." Scroll down to the "Discussion" section. Set your preference to notify daily (clock icon) on "discussion posts" so that you can continue your conversation when a peer has responded to you.

5. Believe in Yourself. We do!

Here’s Why: If taking online courses is something new to you, it may seem a bit overwhelming. How will you know what exactly to do? What if you have a question? How will you turn in your work? Please know that we, your instructors, completely understand this feeling. We are in this together and we know you can do this. 
Pro tip: Message or call your instructor. They are real people, who care and believe in you.