Online Classes (eLearning)

Online Classes.

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.

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://mykc.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 part of your KC email address Ex: lastfirst6789
  • Password: Use your myKC password. Default = Student + 4-digit month & day of birth. Ex: Student0214
  • Changing Passwords: If you change your myKC 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) 988-3704
  • All other questions: Contact your instructor.


Kilgore also participates in the Virtual College of Texas (VCT). This means that almost 500 more online credit courses offered by community colleges all over the state are available to you. Because you register through Kilgore College, you pay low KC tuition and get KC credit.


Some tests are offered through ProctorU.  Click to access ProctorU webpage.

eLearning

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 requirements.

Helpful Downloads for Online Courses

Download free programs and players:

For Macintosh:

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.

Continuing Education (non-credit) Online Courses
  • Ed2go: The college is a member of Ed2go, a leading international provider of non-credit courses. There are nearly 300 different courses offered by Ed2go. Most cost just $109 for a six-week course.
  • Gatlin: The college also participates with Gatlin Educational Services to provide in-depth professional training in these areas: Healthcare; Business; Internet, Design and Technical Programs; and Networking/CompTIA™ Certification Programs.

(Note: Ed2go and Gatlin courses are for your personal and professional improvement and do not lead to a college degree or grant college credit.)

Virtual College of Texas (VCT) & How It Works

The Virtual College of Texas (VCT) is a collaborative of Texas' fifty community college districts and the Texas State Technical College System. It functions as a service of the Texas Association of Community Colleges.  Through VCT, students may take courses from colleges anywhere in Texas while getting support services from a local college.

To take a course from a remote (provider) college: A student enrolls at a local (host) community or technical college – in this case, Kilgore College.  The host college (Kilgore College) supports the student with a full slate of student services, including advisement and counseling, financial aid, and learning resources.  The host college (Kilgore College) receives the student's tuition, fees, and the state's reimbursement for the enrollment.  This college also awards credit for the course and transcripts it.

The provider college provides course instruction.  Assignments, tests, and grades are administered by one of its instructors.  For this instructional service, the host college pays the provider college an "instructional lease fee," as specified in an agreement between the two colleges. This is not an additional fee for the student.

This arrangement between local/host and remote/provider colleges makes it possible for VCT member colleges to leverage their distance learning resources -- including faculty, courses, support services, and technology -- to benefit students throughout Texas no matter where they live or where instruction originates.

Kilgore College & VCT:

Kilgore College students or advisors may initiate requests for a specific distance learning course that is not listed in our distance learning schedule by locating it in the VCT course catalog.  There are several stipulations:  1) the course must be listed in the Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM), Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) and attached to an approved program at the college at least as an elective, or on both college’s approved course inventory; 2) the dean or department chair must approve the course; and 3) the host college must agree to host the VCT student and confirm that space is available in the class.  Students pay standard Kilgore College tuition, but there is a $15 non-refundable reservation fee.

For more information on course availability, visit the VCT website at: www.vct.org

To request a VCT course at KC email the Distance Learning Office at:  disted@kilgore.edu

Include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your SSN
  • Your email address
  • The name and number of the course you are requesting
  • The start date of the course
  • The school that is offering the course.

For information about Instructional Technology:

Doris Johnson
Coordinator
Instructional Support
Phone:
(903) 988-3701
Office:
Woodfin Center for Instructional Tech (WDFIN), 101
Schlunda Hall
eLearning Help Desk
Phone:
(903) 988-3704
Office:
Woodfin Center for Instructional Tech (WDFIN), 122