LSC-Tomball to Host Event for Stu­dents Tak­ing Online Classes

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TOMBALL, Texas – Thirty-seven per­cent of all Lone Star Col­lege-Tomball stu­dents take dis­tance-learn­ing cour­ses, those are classes taken com­pletely online with no face-to-face com­po­nent. This is 13 per­cent higher than the Lone Star Col­lege av­er­age. That’s why LSC-Tomball is host­ing an Online ONBOARDING event cov­er­ing the ba­sics of tak­ing online/hy­brid classes.

Event or­ga­nizer LSC-Tomball Pro­fes­sor Caro­line Jam­roz said it will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 30 at the LSC-Tomball main cam­pus, in room North-103.

“Al­though this event is for stu­dents tak­ing online/hy­brid classes at Lone Star Col­lege-Tomball, it is a face-to­face event to answer ques­tions and help stu­dents be­come fa­mil­iar with the online en­vi­ron­ment,” Jam­roz said. Un­der­stand­ing that some online stu­dents are un­able to come to cam­pus, the event will also be avail­able to watch online. Visit Lonestar.edu/Everse-at-Tomball for more in­for­ma­tion.

LSC-Tomball’s de­ci­sion to hold the Online On-Board­ing event could prove to have per­fect tim­ing. Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from the Bab­son Survey Re­search Group’s an­nual survey, the num­ber of stu­dents tak­ing online cour­ses grew to 5.8 mil­lion na­tion­ally, con­tin­u­ing a growth trend that has been con­sis­tent for 13 years. More than a quar­ter of higher education stu­dents (28 per­cent) are en­rolled in at least one online course.

“Our event will cover the ba­sics of tak­ing online/hy­brid classes and tips for suc­cess,” Jam­roz said, be­fore adding, “We may dis­cuss how to get in touch with tech sup­port and ad­vi­sors, where to get tu­tor­ing, re­sources on cam­pus, online re­sources, and more.”

The over­ar­ch­ing goal of the event, ac­cord­ing to Jam­roz, is to in­crease suc­cess rates in online classes, “so the on-board­ing serves as a way to con­nect our stu­dents to phys­i­cal cam­puses, help­ing them to not feel as iso­lated out there in the online world.”

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