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Getting Started

Is Online Learning Right for You?

Successful completion of an online course requires certain skills:
  • Good time management skills Self-discipline
  • Technical skills to navigate the Internet
  • Blackboard and Online Student Orientation
You should also be aware of the following:
  • For certain students, online courses can be more time-consuming than on-campus courses
  • Start and end dates for online credit courses are the same as on-campus courses
Things to do:

 Take the CLC Online Readiness Assessment

Try the Oasis Online Course Readiness Assessment

Review the Online Course Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Technical Requirements

  • Have at least a dial-up internet connection. A high speed (DSL or cable) broadband connection is recommended.
  • A modern web browser - Internet Explorer 9 (with compatibility mode enabled); Firefox (current version), Apple's Safari, or Google's Chrome are suggested.
  • Javascript and cookies enabled in your web browser -- If you have never changed the options inside of your web browser, these are very likely enabled.
  • An office suite - Microsoft Office suggested, however LibreOffice, Google Docs are also suitable -- and some are even free!
  • A PDF reader - Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader should be installed.
  • A Flash player - Adobe Flash is commonly used in online courses.
  • An active College of Lake County e-mail account
Additional Information about Supported Browsers and Operating Systems