Lamar Community College takes lessons learned from pandemic, makes education accessible for all through increased offerings

(November 3, 2022) Lamar, Colo. — Lamar Community College (LCC) students have more ways than ever to get the classes they need after the college decided it would continue offering several ways of delivering instruction. An LCC Lope can get her education live in person, live virtually, or watch her lectures at a time that works best with her work schedule.
“This modality of instruction has been possible due to faculty who are used to doing more with less,” said LCC Dean of Academic Services Kyle Lasley. “Now, with the assistance of several grants, LCC has the educational infrastructure needed to support this HyFlex type of instruction.”
This allows students to choose learning styles that meet their needs, and these modalities were first offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community college students often balance work, athletic and family commitments on top of their school schedules, and LCC Lopes have overwhelmingly supported the continuation of virtual and asynchronous offerings.
High-quality instructors have enjoyed this model too. Some LCC staff commute from the front range for the week to instruct in-person courses and then return home to spend weekends with family. Biology Faculty member Julie Miller teaches labs and proctors tests in person but delivers lectures remotely. Likewise, Dr. David Friedman, a sports and exercise science faculty member, lives hours from LCC, yet he conducts a remote learning modality with students.
Dr. Joel Gray, who teaches chemistry at Otero College, delivers remote lectures for LCC students to view at their leisure. Then students report to in-person labs conducted by Agriculture Faculty member Dr. Arosha Loku Umagiliyage.
“LCC has always known HyFlex learning was possible but has just recently begun to explore how to implement it,” Lasley said. “ A result of the pandemic, the college is making strides to provide accessible education to everyone.”
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