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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

CDL Student Orientation

First Time Online Student?

Returning Student?

your first online course with cdl
Your FIRST online course with CDL?

Welcome to the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) Student Orientation information kit.

Instructions: You are strongly encouraged to review the information provided in this presentation. To navigate

through it, please use the arrow menu located at the

bottom center of each page.

cdl overview
CDL Overview

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 learning
Distance Learning

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.

ready for distance learning
Ready for Distance Learning?

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:

  • possess basic writing skills
  • readily have access to a computer (personal, family owned, library)
  • be motivated, self-disciplined, and avoid procrastination.
  • be an independent learner.
  • be able to log into your course daily or at least spend 8 to 10 hours a week actively participating in the course through discussion board and assignment submissions.
center for distance leaning courses
Center for Distance Leaning Courses

The Center for Distance Learning (CDL) offers two types of courses. These are:

  • Teleweb / Video Courses (TW) – TW coursework is conducted online via the Course Management System (Blackboard) but also has video components which are broadcast on WYCC-TV - Channel 20. The broadcast schedules for these courses are available on the CDL website and in your course at the start of the semester. Also, some TW courses have streaming videos online and students can view them at anytime and anywhere.
  • Web-based Courses (WW) - All coursework is done online via blackboard. The course content, assignments, discussions and exams are all conducted online.

Getting Started

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.

are you a returning student
Are you a Returning Student?

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.

Instructions: You are strongly encouraged to review all of the information provided in this presentation. To navigate through it, please use the arrow menu located at the bottomcenter of each page.

course textbooks
Course Textbooks

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

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.

course pursuit
Course Pursuit

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.

cdl blackboard course menu
CDL Blackboard Course Menu
  • All CDL courses are hosted on Blackboard. Below are the course menu you’ll see once you log into your course.
  • Announcement – All course announcements are posted in this section.
  • Syllabus - Contains the course syllabus
  • Faculty/Staff – Instructor and help desk’s information are posted here.
  • Course Resources – Contains Course textbooks and course materials
  • Assignments – Contains course reading and written assignments
  • Tests & Quizzes – Hosts all quizzes and final exams
  • External Links – Contains additional resources and links
blackboard tutorials
Log into Blackboard

Discussion board



Group page


Assignment feature

My Grades


Blackboard Tutorials

Below are links to video tutorials on how to use certain blackboard functions.NOTE: Videos are in Window Media Player format (WMV)

check list
Check List

At the end of this presentation, ensure that you have

understood these processes:

  • What online learning means
  • Course Pursuit
  • Textbook purchase and book vouchers procedures
  • Proctored Exams
  • Blackboard Tutorials
cdl help desk
CDL Help Desk


  • The Center for Distance Learning Kennedy-King College 6343 S. Halsted Street Room W240 Chicago, IL 60621
  • Main line: 312.553.5975 (Mon-Fri 8:00am-6:00pm)Technical Support: 312.553.5983 (Mon-Fri 8:00am-6:00pm)
  • After Hour Technical Support:312.804.2914 (Mon-Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm Sat 9:30am-1:30pm ONLY)312.804.2305 (Mon-Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm Sat 9:30am-1:30pm ONLY)Email:


Fax number: 312.783-9282Alternate Fax number: 773.783.9098

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