Instructional Technology Office
Who We Are
The Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Office (ITO) is an office within Academic and Student Affairs at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). The ITO works with faculty, staff, and students in using technology to support LFCC’s academic mission. The office heads the online learning initiatives at the college.
Change and technology are linked. The primary mission of the ITO is to provide vision, leadership, and support in the appropriate use of educational technology and media for teaching and learning and in the development and continuation of quality distance education programs.
The ITO works to achieve this mission by:
- Coordinating and providing instructional technology resources, services, and support for faculty and students, in partnership with the College’s Technology Services department
- Promoting the use of technology and best practices in enhancing teaching and learning, including the use of distance learning technologies to increase the accessibility of the College’s academic programs
- Collaborating with faculty to further their use of technology for teaching and learning
- Working in cooperation with the Deans of Learning to assure quality of distance learning courses and curricula
- Examining emerging technologies that might lead to improvements in teaching and learning
- Providing expertise, including individual assistance, hands-on workshops, computer-based training, and special events, to educate faculty, staff, and students in the use of current and emerging technologies as they relate to teaching and learning
- Cultivating an atmosphere of safe exploration and personal growth for faculty, staff, and students experiencing change in the learning environment due to new and emerging technologies
You and Online Learning
You may hear several terms being tossed around – and wonder how to make sense of all of them. Here is the scoop on what these terms mean at LFCC:
Distance Learning takes place when instructor and students are separated by physical distance and various technologies are used to bridge the instructional gap. Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) offers distance learning courses and programs in three basic formats: online, hybrid, and compressed video.
Online: uses the Internet or the World Wide Web (Web) exclusively to connect with learners and does not have any activities that occur at a single specified physical location. Online courses are often referred to as Web-based courses. In these courses, 100 percent of the course content and instruction is online using synchronous (opportunities for communication at the same time) and/or asynchronous (no opportunities for interaction at the same time) delivery. Online courses are designated in the LFCC schedule with a “W” in the section, ie. ENG.111.1W0V
Hybrid: (sometimes referred to as a blended course) uses the Internet or the Web for a portion of learning activities in lieu of traditional classroom hours. In addition to online content, the course requires supplementary learning activities that occur at a single designated time and specified physical location. Typical learning activities include periodic face-to-face lectures, lessons, or lab activities. Hybrid courses are designated in the LFCC schedule with an “H” in the section, ie. ENG.111.1H0M
Compressed Video: (sometimes referred to as an video conferencing or a ‘distanced class’ at LFCC) meets on campus in a special distance learning classroom. A typical distance learning classroom is equipped with multi-way audio and video technology which includes a large display for student viewing, computer for instruction, document camera, DVD player, and phone/fax for support. It should be noted that students who participate in a compressed video course may be at a physical location for instruction that is different from where their instructor is facilitating the lesson. For example, the instructor may meet face-to-face with students at the Middletown Campus and at the same time video conference to students at the Fauquier Campus. Compressed video courses are designated in the LFCC schedule with a “D” in the section, ie. ENG.111.1D0M
Most courses at LFCC include the use of appropriate online technologies, such as the Blackboard Course Management System for sharing the course syllabus, out of class discussion, and submitting assignments.
Learning Online at LFCC
Online courses at LFCC do not require in-person meetings. Course content and activities will be found on Blackboard, the VCCS learning management system. You find this by clicking on MyLFCC from the lfcc.edu homepage. Some online courses will require a proctored activity, meaning that you will be expected to take a test or other assessment at a LFCC testing center or other approved site. Be sure to check with your instructor and plan for this well ahead of time. Communication with your instructor and other students is done using email and online discussion forums. Online courses require at least as much time as the same course offered on campus. You should plan to study at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit. In other words, for each three-credit course, you would study 6-9 hours per week.
Protecting Your Privacy
LFCC protects the privacy of all students, including distance learning students, through the strict adherence to the rules of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA.) The official FERPA statement is available for student and public view through the LFCC website and in the college catalog. All LFCC employees complete required annual training in FERPA rules.
Learn more about LFCC’s procedures for Protecting Distance Learning Student Privacy.
If you are considering online learning – check out these resources:
Being An Online Student
- eLearnReady Assessment System
- Online Student Bill of Rights (video)
- 7 Tips for Being a Successful Online Student
LFCC Technology Info