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What is Distance Education?

Distance Education is any course in which at least 75% of the course is delivered online. Below are the five types of course delivery methods:

1. Flexible Learning Environment (FLE)

These offer the most flexibility for students. Students may choose to interact with their instructor and classmates by webcam during regularly scheduled class sessions or watch recorded class sessions online.

2. Online

All instruction will be delivered online. There are no scheduled class sessions.

3. Hybrid/Remote

A significant portion of instruction will be delivered online with some remote class sessions by webcam required on scheduled days and times.

4. Remote

All class session will be held remotely by webcam on scheduled days and times.

5. Hybrid/Face-to-Face

A significant portion of instruction will be delivered online. There will also be some on campus, face-to-face class sessions required for hands-on learning that cannot be completed online. On campus class sessions will be scheduled in small groups following safety protocols that minimize risks to the greatest degree possible. Programs and disciplines requiring some hands-on learning include: Advanced ManufacturingCulinary, Criminal JusticeHealth SciencesNatural Sciences, NetworkingVisual and Performing Arts, and Wine and Viticulture Technology.


Learn more about flexible learning.

SARA logoLake Michigan College has been approved by the state of Michigan to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. 

Academic advising is available to all students from 8am-7pm Monday - Thursday and 8am-5pm on Friday. Students participating in online or hybrid classes can access Academic Advising by phone appointments and email. Distance education students new to Lake Michigan College are encouraged to schedule a phone appointment to get started. 

To schedule a phone appointment with an advisor please call (269) 927-8128. Note: having access to your computer during your phone appointment is extremely helpful. General advising questions may be directed to advisor@lakemichigancollege.edu.

For additional information, visit our Academic Advising page.

The Office of Admissions is here to assist you in getting started on your path to success. They can assist with admissions applications, scholarship applications, FAFSA filing, assessment testing, orientation, sending transcripts, and anything else to help you prepare for your first semester of college.

The Office of Admissions can be reached by email at admissions@lakemichigancollege.edu or by phone Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at (269) 927-8626 – one of our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Specialists will be happy to walk with you through the steps of our college enrollment process.

Each student is responsible for his or her course schedule and any changes to it, such as adding, dropping, or withdrawing. Students requiring assistance may call the Records and Registration office at (269) 927-8119. More information can be found at lakemichigancollege.edu/mylmc/records.

Add a Class
Students add coursework to their schedule by enrolling through their WaveLink account. Students requiring registration assistance may call the Records and Registration office (269) 927-8119 or visit the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus.

Drop a Class
Students drop coursework through their WaveLink account. Students may also complete the Add/Drop form and submit it to the One-Stop at any campus location or the Records and Registration department. 

Withdraw from a Class
Students withdraw from a course by completing withdrawal form available in the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus and submit it. Withdraws are not available through Wavelink. Students requiring assistance to withdraw from a course or to know about refunds may call (269) 927-8119 or visit the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus. Specific withdraw dates are published in the College Calendar, which is viewable in WaveLink, and the Class Schedule.

Students receiving financial aid (this includes grants, most scholarships, loans, and work-study) must contact the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from any course. Students are highly encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office at finaid@lakemichigancollege.edu or (269) 927-8112 on the ramifications of withdrawing from classes, as each student’s situation can be different.

Registration and Records Locations
Benton Harbor Campus, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center, (269) 927-8107

Niles Campus, Room 101, (269) 695-1391 

South Haven Campus, Student Services Area, (269) 637-7500

Email: records@lakemichigancollege.edu
 

If you haven't considered financial aid because you think you won't qualify, you should take another look. Financial aid eligibility is based on need, which is the cost of attending college minus what you are able to contribute.
To determine your financial aid eligibility, please complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

If you have questions about the financial aid process or if you need specific information about your financial aid package, contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@lakemichigancollege.edu or call (269) 927-8112 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am-5pm and Wednesday 8am-6pm. For more information on type of aid available at LMC please visit Financial Aid.
 

Information on tuition and fees is available in the Tuition and Fees page. Find out how much you will have to pay by using the using the Net Price calculator

Lake Michigan College provides free tutoring services for enrolled online students. The details are in the Tutoring Services page

The Learning Assistance Center offers help with homework, test preparation, studying and test strategies, and writing consultation. Our Learning Assistants are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). 
To find out more about the services available to you, and hear current semester hours, call (269) 927-1000 ext. 8750 or e-mail us at tutoring@lakemichigancollege.edu.

Students who plan to enroll exclusively online may call the Placement Center at 269 927-6173 to arrange remote placement testing. There is typically a small fee charged by the proctoring institution for such services.

For general information about placement procedures, refer to Placement Services.

The LMC Assessment Center will arrange proctored testing for course exams according to instructors’ specifications. If the exam is taken outside of LMC campus in other institutions, there is typically a small fee charged by the proctoring institution for such services.

Students are responsible for understanding timelines and instructor requirements.

Online students requesting proctored testing need to complete the Distance Education Proctor Agreement form. Please see Distance Education Student Test Proctoring Procedures for guidelines.

Students may also call (269) 927-6173 for further information.

Help with Canvas, Wavelink, Email, and other technology issues is available from the Information Technology Support Center.

For help with technical resources and downloads, see Technical Resources on this page.
 

Students can access a variety of research services offered by LMC at the William Hessel Library. They can reach the research help desk by phone at (269) 927-8605 or with the Ask-A-Librarian form for questions regarding searching databases or the Online Catalog. The Online Catalog includes print books, eBooks, and DVDs owned by the library. Full-text content of the eBooks can be accessed. Over 100 databases are available that contain information from academic journals, magazines, reports, news sources, videos, and books. Research library guides are tailored to a specific course, subject, or service, e.g., interlibrary loan.

Off-campus access to all library databases is available by logging in with your Wavelink username and password.
 

Lake Michigan College extends opportunities to students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990,

As Amended. The college ensures that its physical facilities, programs, and services are accessible to students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities. 

The Student Resource and Support Services Office assist students in establishing accommodations and support. This office also provides additional support to students in career and technical degree programs and those students following non-traditional career path. 

To access these support services students may call Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (269)927-6280 to schedule a phone appointment or email advisor@lakemichigancollege.edu.

For more information, visit Student Outreach and Support Services

The Writing Center is a place for LMC students and staff to get help with their writing.  Trained staff provide individual writing consultations for course assignments and other writing pieces for no additional cost.  

Students can book an appointment online through https://lakemichigancollege.mywconline.com/ and reserve a consultation time with a consultant of their choice that fits their schedule and needs. Click the "Register for an account" link and use Lake Michigan College email address for registration. Students can contact the writing center via email at writingcenter@lakemichigancollege.edu or call (269) 927-8167.
 

  • Class Schedule: Choose the schedule for the semester you want. Classes marked "WEB" are available online

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For questions about Distance Education, call the Teaching & Learning Center at (269) 926-4296.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions offering distance education courses or programs have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participants in the course or receives course credit. 

Visit the Information Technology Support Center for help with Canvas, Wavelink, Email, and other technology issues. 

Contact the Teaching & Learning Center with questions about Distance Learning at (269) 927-6118 or (269) 927-6120.

The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC), located in the landing area of the second floor of Todd Center on the Benton Harbor Campus, is a student and faculty resource for help with using technology. 

TLC supports faculty seeing to enhance their skills that support collaborative initiatives, to explore and develop innovative pedagogies and new curricula, and to promote professional development activities that contribute to instructional advancements in technology and excellence in teaching. TLC provides general faculty support for academic technology including LMS administration and Canvas training in both online and face-to-face formats, as well as the promotion of best practices in both face-to-face and online environments. 

TLC staff includes:

  • Mark Kelly (269-927-6118) Director of TLC
  • Dr. Sribhagyam Srinivasan (269-926-4296) Director of Distance Education
  • Donna Curtis (269-927-6120) Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Kelsey Castle (269-927-8782) Curriculum Designer
     

Canvas is Lake Michigan College’s Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system that makes teaching and learning easier. Canvas can be used on web browsers, mobile devices and tablets making it versatile. LMC students can access Canvas from MyLMC page and clicking on the Canvas logo.

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