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Online Frequently Asked Questions

When do online courses start?
Online courses begin the same time during the semester as traditional courses. Be ready to log in and do work on the first day of class. You will have access to your course a few days before classes start, so use that time to become familiar with your course web site.

How do I find out which system my class uses?
All our courses are now in the Cobra System, so if you login to COBRA Learing you will find your course.

How do I access my Parkland student email account?
See this KnowledgeBase Article: https://kb.parkland.edu/page.php?id=62089

How do I register for online courses?
Online students follow the same registration procedure as on-campus students. You can come to campus to register, or you can register online.

How do I buy my books for an online class?
Textbooks for online courses are available in the Parkland bookstore. You can also search for your books on Amazon or other online booksellers.

I've been dropped from an online course for non-payment. Can I get back in?
If the registration period is open, you can re-enroll and pay your tuition within 24 hours. If the course has filled, you must contact the instructor for permission to join the course.

Will I have access to Microsoft software?
Yes. See this KnowledgeBase Article: https://kb.parkland.edu/page.php?id=50138

How do I take tests?
Testing varies from class to class. Some classes use online testing, some require you to find a test proctor or come to Parkland.

Will I have access to all the Library's resources?
Parkland Library offers many resources to our online students. You can use the same resources as on-campus students: search our catalog, use Article and Research Databases and Research Guides created by librarians. Start at the Library webpage for all your research. Your parkland student email login and password allow you to use our subscription databases from anywhere in the world.

Can I borrow books from Parkland Library if I live a long way from Parkland?
* If you live near an I-Share Member Library, you may request books through the catalog to pick up at that library. You must have a Parkland ID to pick up the book. * You can pay shipping costs to have books sent to your home. You will be responsible for the costs of shipping items from the Library and back. See the Library webpage for all the details. Please note that online students who are taking at least one on-campus course are considered on-campus students and are not eligible for this service. Students taking an on-campus class must come to the Library to borrow materials.

How do I contact a real live librarian?
Our staff are ready to help you locate the information you need in all you courses. Contact us three ways: call us during regular hours 217/373-3839, or email library@parkland.edu, live chat available any hour the library is open.

Hybrid Courses

What is a Hybrid course?
"Hybrid" is the name for courses that combines face-to-face classroom instruction with computer-based learning. In a hybrid course, a significant part of the course learning is online and as a result, the amount of classroom seat-time is reduced. This allows the student more flexibility while maintaining face-to-face contact with the instructor.

Are Hybrids the same as correspondence courses?
No, hybrids are neither correspondence nor fully online courses. Hybrids simply reduce the number of class meetings and students participate, interact and learn online instead.

Who can take a Hybrid class?
Anyone who has met the individual prerequisites for a particular class can enroll in a hybrid course.

Are there any requirements for a Hybrid course?
Yes. To participate in hybrid courses, you must have access to the Internet. Free Internet access is available for students in the Parkland computer labs.

Are there any prerequisites for hybrid courses?
Yes. In addition to any course-specific requirements, you should have good computer skills and be able to read and write clearly.

I am not very good with computers, but I am interested in a hybrid course. Can I still enroll?
You should be familiar with how to access information via the web. If you can use a web browser, download documents from the web and open them in another program, and use email then you are probably ready to take a hybrid course.

Will I be working on my own?
No. You will be working closely with the instructor and the students in your class, just as you would in a traditional classroom. But you will also learn to work online, both independently and with others. Depending upon the course, you may interact in an electronic classroom and learn skills such as participation in the class through online discussions or forums, collaborations through group work, and working and taking responsibility in a team for class projects. You will not be on your own but you will need to learn good organizational and time-management skills to be successful as a hybrid student.

Can hybrid course credits be applied as credit towards my Degree/Certification just like a traditional course?
Yes, hybrid course credits can be applied as credit towards your Degree/Certification just as a traditional course. Your transcripts will not reflect any differences for taking the hybrid courses, but you will gain computer literacy skills that will be valuable in other coursework and in your workplace.

How should I prepare to succeed in a hybrid courses?
To succeed in a hybrid course you must be comfortable using computers and learning new software packages. It is very hard to keep up in an online or hybrid course if you are not reasonably skilled at using a web browser and email communication. You must have time and access to the web several times a week; you must keep up with the class reading; you must stay current with the class calendar to meet assignment deadlines; you must read assignments and directions carefully; most importantly you must be self-motivated.

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