Online Classes (eLearning)

KC offers a wide variety of courses online.

What is eLearning?

Kilgore College eLearning allows you more flexibility in your learning by studying online on your own time.  Time spent on campus is minimized to earn your associate degree, start a new career as a firefighter, become a real estate inspector or expand your education by taking one of the hundreds of credit and non-credit courses we offer online.

Take a quiz to find out if you are ready for online courses at KC.


KC offers a wide variety of courses online:

KC eLearning offers a wide variety of online courses and online students have a complete array of support services available to help them succeed. Books can be ordered online through the KC bookstore and shipped directly to you. Financial aid, including our new loan program, is available to all qualified students, including those taking online courses.  The testing center has extended hours to serve our working students and some may opt to take their proctored tests at home (for an additional fee).  Our library has a full slate of resources available to you.  The eLearning Help Desk is ready to help you past any obstacles that you may encounter.


How to access KC's online courses:

Students should log on to the KC portal at https://accesskc.kilgore.edu/ICS. After logging in, click on the KC Blackboard link located on the Quick Links menu or access it directly here: kilgore.blackboard.com.

Login instructions are located on the Login page.

MORE INFO:

  • Class Availability: Most courses are not available until the first official day of the semester.
  • Username: Use the first four letters of your last name + the first four letters of your first name + the last four numbers of your student ID.  Example: lastfirs1234
  • Password: Use your AccessKC password. Default = Student + four-digit month & day of birth. Example: Student0214
  • Changing Passwords: If you change your AccessKC password, your Blackboard password will also change.
  • Password assistance: IT Help Desk - helpdesk@kilgore.edu or (903) 988-7522
  • Technical assistance: eLearning Help Desk - techsupr@kilgore.edu or (903) 988-3701
  • All other questions: Contact your instructor.

LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD


Are you having trouble accessing eLearning or need to change your password?

If you are experiencing issues accessing eLearning or you need to change your password, click here for more information.


Online course sharing through DigiTex:

Kilgore College is now a member of the new course sharing company called DigiTex, formerly known as the Virtual College of Texas (VCT). DigiTex is a statewide consortium that provides, as one of its services, course sharing between community colleges in Texas. If students are unable to take a course at KC because the course is not offered during the current semester, students are able to take the course online from another college through DigiTex course sharing. Students will pay all course tuition and fees to KC and will take the course online from a college that is teaching the needed course. Upon completion of the course, grades are automatically sent back to KC and will appear on the student's KC transcript. Proctored exams can be completed at the KC Testing Center, an approved high school, or other approved off-campus location. Contact the Distance Education office at KC for registration information at (903) 988-3701 or djohnson@kilgore.edu.

visit the digitex website


Some tests are offered through ProctorU.  

Click to access ProctorU webpage.


Need specific info about online programs and/or degrees?

Contact the Counseling and Academic Advising office.

eLearning

Blackboard Collaborate Help and Resources

Instructional Videos:


Is there a Blackboard app?

Yes. The Blackboard app is designed especially for students to view content and participate in courses.


Recommended internet browsers:

  • Browsers recommended for PC users: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Microsoft Edge
  • Browsers recommended for mobile users: Chrome, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Still having issues or need technical support?

Call the Help Desk at (903) 988-7522 or email them.

How to Prepare and Skills Needed for Online Courses

Are you ready for online courses?

Taking online courses is a positive experience for most students. You’ll be most successful if you’re knowledgeable about online learning before taking a course so we’ve provided a list of online education requirements and suggestions for you to consider before finalizing your decision to enroll in our online courses. While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they require more self-discipline and independence than on-campus courses. Some students can find this uncomfortable and not suitable for their learning style. They may miss face-to-face interaction with an instructor and peers, which helps to keep them on track. In the online environment, you have to be able to start and to work on tasks on your own, without someone keeping you focused, and you have to be self-disciplined in order to follow the class schedule and meet deadlines.

Online classes take as much time as regular on-campus classes. You need to set aside sufficient time for study. Plan to spend at least as much time working on the assignments and studying as you would with a traditional course. Note that some students report spending even more time for online classes than for traditional ones. Time that you need to devote to a 3-credit course will be approximately 12 hours a week.

Be sure to check out our other resources listed below for even more helpful information related to online learning.  The Skills Requirements and Technical Requirements are additional considerations you may want to take into account.

Skills Requirements:

Computer Literacy:  You need to have a basic knowledge of computer and internet skills in order to be successful in an online course. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Knowledge of terminology, such as browser, application, etc.
  • Understanding of basic computer hardware and software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
    • Using keyboard and mouse
    • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
    • Software installation, security and virus protection
    • Using software applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and email
    • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, and saving files in different formats
    • Sending and downloading attachments
  • Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases.
  • Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.

Strong reading and writing skills:  You need to have strong reading skills and be able to communicate effectively through writing. Most of the material in the online environment will come from your textbooks and written lectures, therefore strong reading and critical thinking skills are very important for success in an online course. Online students communicate through such text-based tools, such as emails, discussion forums, chats and instant messaging. You need to feel comfortable expressing yourself in writing.

Self-motivated and independent learner:  While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they require more self-discipline and independence than on-campus courses. Some students can find this uncomfortable and not suitable for their learning style. They may miss face-to-face interaction with an instructor and peers, which helps to keep them on track. In the online environment, you have to be able to start and to work on tasks on your own, without someone keeping you focused, and you have to be self-disciplined in order to follow the class schedule and meet deadlines.

Time commitment:  Online classes take as much time as regular on-campus classes. You need to set aside sufficient time for study. Plan to spend at least as much time working on the assignments and studying as you would with a traditional course. Note that some students report spending even more time for online classes than for traditional ones. Time that you need to devote to a 3-credit hour course will be approximately 12 hours a week.

Time management: Student need to log-in frequently and develop study schedules.  Even though you may not have to "be" in class on some specific day and time, you still have to follow the course schedule provided by your instructor. Remember that online classes are not independent study courses; you are still required to "show up" and participate actively.

Since online courses are asynchronous, they will continue developing and changing even if you are not online. You need to be online frequently enough and log in at least three to four times per week in order to keep up with the content flow, complete assignments, follow discussions and communicate with your classmates and instructor. Some courses may even require you to log in every day.

Never wait until the last minute to complete your assignments. You may have a technical problem or run out of time which will cause frustration. One of the major reasons for failing online classes is procrastination, since it is very easy to fall behind in the online environment. Make sure to set aside specific time on a regular basis to participate in your course. Schedule specific times to log in and to study.

Active learning:  Online students must be active learners, self-starters who are not shy or afraid to ask questions when they do not understand. Remember that you, not the instructor, must be in control of your learning process.

Since your instructor cannot see you, you need to "speak up" right away if you have problems and be as clear as possible; otherwise there is no way others will know that something is wrong.  If you have technical difficulty, problems understanding course content or difficulty meeting the deadline, seek help right away and contact your instructor to make arrangements.

Technical Requirements for Online Courses

Browser Check:  Be sure to run the browser check tool to ensure that your computer system is properly configured for the web courses. It verifies your browser version, browser settings and display settings on your computer.

Computer Requirements:  Before you access your course on BlackBoard, your system and software should meet the minimum technical requirements.

Helpful Downloads for Online Courses

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Real Estate Inspection Online

Kilgore College makes referrals to the American Home Inspectors Training Institute which offers an online Home Inspections Training Program approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission. AHIT’s mission is to train you in learning everything you will need to know to begin to either work in the home inspection industry or start-up your own home inspection business.

For Real Estate Online, contact AHIT at www.ahit.com/affiliates/kilgore/index.cfm. The Texas Real Estate Commission regulates the requirements for becoming a Real Estate Inspector in Texas which you may research online at www.trec.state.tx.us. American Home Inspectors Training Institute offers you the best in nationally certified home inspection training. Please call an Admissions Advisor today at (800) 441-9411 to enroll in a course.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals. To learn more about SARA, please visit: http://nc-sara.org


Professional Licensure:

Out of state students that are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license should contact the appropriate licensing agency before beginning your academic program. Students should contact their state licensure agency to determine the academic requirements for a license. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements.


Student Complaints:

If a student located in a SARA state has a complaint about Kilgore College, the complaint must first go through the Kilgore College‘s complaint and grievances processes. https://www.kilgore.edu/academics/course-catalogs/college-catalog-2017-18#grievances-anchor

If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of that process, a complaint may be brought to the Texas SARA portal entity. http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=AC6FA0BC-F5DB-16DE-6B667C083DFB5B98

The SARA portal entity in the state where the student is located will be notified that the complaint was received and may assist as needed. Resolution by the institution’s home state is final.


For additional information please contact:

Kilgore College eLearning Department
Woodfin Center for Instructional Tech (WDFIN
(903 983-8602)

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For information about Instructional Technology:

Doris Johnson
Coordinator
Instructional Support
Phone:
(903) 988-3701
Office:
Woodfin Center for Instructional Tech (WDFIN), 101
Kathryn Rader
eLearning Technician
Instructional Support
Phone:
(903) 988-3700
Michael Ward
eLearning Faculty Development Specialist
Instructional Technology
Phone:
(903) 988-3704
Tracy Kaan
eLearning Support Coordinator
Phone:
(903) 983-8228