WHAT IS LOTH-U?

LOTH-U is the search for the power of the mind, body and spirit within ourselves, today and every day of our lives. Education is never-ending. Knowledge comes through learning. When we learn about others, about ourselves, about subjects that may seem foreign – we overcome the ignorance and replace it with knowledge, tolerance and acceptance of each other.

At our virtual schooling center we hope that you will walk away from each of your classes with the ability to see your uniqueness in the world around you and that you will know you are special and have the knowledge and potential to be the best that you can be.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Getting started is simple! You must have access to email and approximately 2 – 4 hours per week to devote to each class that you register in, depending on the instructors curriculum. Some instructors may require homework, exams, or various days on which you must attend class; while others may instruct their class in an entirely different method by posting reading and homework assignments only.

We are conducting our “classrooms” using Bravenet Chatrooms (Java Script) and the IkonBoard Forums system. Once you have been scheduled for a class, you will be given the URL to the Forum system, and you can register there. Please complete the registration, and log in to the Forum using the assigned password, generated through email.

ARE CLASSES DEGREE ORIENTED

Our courses are not designed for a degree but to assist you in your daily lives by enhancing your own personal self-worth with the power of the mind, body and spirit in you as an individual. We will be offering everything from job improvement skills to exciting new hobbies that you can learn. Classes are structured from Beginners to Expert, so that you can follow them from start to finish and learn new skills that will enable you to improve your job skills. However, we are not accredited to be able to offer you degrees.

PRE-REQUISITES & RELATED QUESTIONS

The majority of classes will not have pre-requisites, but it is always a good idea to read the criteria before signing up. For example, “Learning HTML” may begin with “Beginners HTML” and advance on to “Intermediate” and “Expert”. Do make sure that you do have the beginner knowledge before you sign up for Intermediate or Expert.

Many of our courses may require you to have specific computer downloads, plug-ins, or materials. For example, if you are in one of the MSOffice Classes such as Word – you may be required to purchase a textbook. Always check your classroom Syllabus and Materials that are posted on our IkonBoard Forum, and with the Instructors comments before signing up for a class if you cannot purchase any materials.

HOMEWORK & RELATED QUESTIONS

Instructors will be asked to assign homework where they believe necessary, as part of the learning process is homework and developing new skills. Students will email their homework assignments to their Instructors on the dates she has requested. As much as you will want to move ahead, please stay in line with where the instructor is on teaching her subject.

Because this is a learning environment, spelling, punctuation, and grammar, are an integral part of your homework. Errors will be marked and points deducted, so it is required that you utilize your computers spelling and grammar programs and use correct capitalization, punctuation and paragraph writing where necessary – unless otherwise noted for particular writing courses such as Creative Writing.

GRADING

Instructors will be asked to assign the following grades and grading scale for their students:

A = 94 – 100%
B = 88 – 93.9%
C = 70 – 87.9%
D = 60 – 69.9%
F = 59.9% and below; recommended to retake class
I = Incomplete; dropped out may retake class
S = Satisfactory completion
N = Needs improvement
U = Unsatisfactory – recommended to retake class

Homework completion, exams, and classroom participation will all play a roll in determining your final grade for your class. There are to be no curves used.

FINAL EXAMS & RELATED QUESTIONS

All courses include a final exam, given during the last week of classes. Finals for the Fall Term 2002 are scheduled the week of March 18th thru the 22nd. Do try and have your final exam “in class/conference rooms” if possible. Some classes may require a “Take Home” and that is perfectly acceptable. Students are expected on the honor system to email their exam back to the instructor during the designated return dates & times. There should be no time extension for final exams. All students in your class will receive identical exams.

Final grades will be recorded on your Student Data Base, and submitted to your Department Directors, and students, within 14 days of the last day of class.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Our classroom environment, and study methods are designed so that all members with a PC and MAC unit may participate in LOTH-U, however, those with WebTV may experience some difficulties particularly with the classroom (chat and message rooms) and the appearance of different fonts, colors, etc on their viewing screens. Remember – these classes are based on the PC and the Windows system, therefore, you will need to adjust yourselves to viewing these as such. The only problems that may appear with WebTV would be Email and Printing (if needed). You are not permitted to send your animations, image and colorful text when you send in homework assignments, so please set up an Internet Email account such as Hotmail or Yahoo for your LOTH-U courses.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions that have not been answered to your satisfaction, our door is always open, so please contact the Education Department.