CDL Student Orientation First Time Online Student? Returning Student? Your FIRST online course with CDL? W elcome to the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) Student Orientation information kit.
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CDL Student Orientation
First Time Online Student?
Welcome to the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) Student Orientation information kit.
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CDL is one of the leading providers of distance learning courses in the nation, and is committed to fulfilling the educational goals inherent in distance education.
CDL is the central coordinating unit for all distance learning courses available through the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). It is housed at Kennedy King College (KKC). The center’s combined enrollment from the seven colleges is over 18, 000 students annually.
Online courses have the same curriculum and standards as traditional CCC courses and are transferable as well. Currently, CDL offers over 125 courses in a wide range of disciplines.
Distance/online learning is education via internet. It’s a formalized teaching and learning that take place in the cyberspace with the help of a course management system.
You will appreciate how flexible online study is. You can access the course materials at anytime of the day and wherever you find yourself. All you need is access to a computer that has an internet connection.
Before you enroll in any distance learning course, assess yourself to find out if you will be a successful online learner. Distance learning is very rewarding and exciting but, it is not for every student.
To evaluate yourself, start by taking this quiz . The feedback from the quiz should provide you with more information about your readiness.
To be a successful distance learner, you must:
The Center for Distance Learning (CDL) offers two types of courses. These are:
Once you registered for an online course, you must go to this site: log in page.
to retrieve your students Username and Password. You'll need this information to be able to log into Blackboard and into your CCC email account.
To retrieve your information, carefully read and follow the instructions on the site.
Welcome back and I hope you had a great experience and enjoyed your previous online course(s) with CDL.
Take a few minutes to review CDL online course procedures.
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Getting your textbooks in time for your CDL courses is imperative for the success of your learning.
CDL recommends that you purchase your textbooks online through the eFollet website at http://www.mbsdirect.net
Students who wish to purchase their textbooks at their campus bookstore should first visit the eFollet web site. PRINT A COPY of your course material list, and bring the list to the bookstore. This will ensure that you purchase the CORRECT textbooks.
NOTE: Financial aid book vouchers can be used
to buy textbooks from eFollet.
As a registered CDL student, you are required to log into your course(s) at least ONCE on 2 different days during the first 8days of the semester (Fall and Spring) and 5 days in Summer.
Failure to comply with this requirement means that you will be issued a NSW (No Show Withdrawal) and be dropped from the class. When this happens, you will not get your tuition refunded and your financial aid may also be affected.
In addition, during the semester, if you fail to show evidence of sufficient coursework by midterm, that is, actively participating in class discussion and turning in assignments, you will receive an ADW (Administrative Withdrawal) as your midterm grade.
Instructors assess your performance through class projects, assignments and examinations that you will take in class. Some instructors prefer to have open-book exams and others use Proctored exams to evaluate you.
In order to take a proctored exam, you will need to request an appointment at any of the seven City Colleges of Chicago using a system called Timetrade.
Timetrade is a web-based system that allows students the convenience of scheduling their exam/test appointments online. Information about proctored exams will clearly be specified in your course syllabus.
Blackboard is an online course management tool that helps organize course materials online and promote student-to-instructor interactions.
Log into Blackboard
Below are links to video tutorials on how to use certain blackboard functions.NOTE: Videos are in Window Media Player format (WMV)
At the end of this presentation, ensure that you have
understood these processes:
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