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Make Sure You're Ready For An Online Class

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All distance learning courses can be challenging, enriching and convenient, but they are not for everyone. They should not be seen as an easy way to earn credits. In fact, these learning environments require as much or more time and energy than traditional classroom learning.

Read the Computer Requirements section and then take the Self-Assessment Quiz to see how well-prepared you are for online learning.

Computer Requirements

Your computer should be able to run Firefox 3 or Internet Explorer 7.

If your computer can run the latest version of Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer, it's powerful enough for a Parkland online course. If online streaming movie sites and interactive websites work correctly, then our courses will too.

Internet Connection

Broadband highly recommended, Dial-up is ok.

Parkland online courses often use video or other interactive material that is best viewed over a broadband Internet connection like DSL or Cable. However, you can complete most Parkland online courses with only a 56k dial-up modem connection.

Wireless Connections

We do not recommend using a wireless connection when taking a test online. Your signal can be lost during the test which could result in loss of data.

Web Browser

For Cobra Learning courses, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer are all supported.

Cobra Learning does not support the Opera browser.



Browser Plug-ins

You can download these and other free plug-in on our software downloads page.

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Contact Parkland

Tech Support
S.T.A.R.
(Student Technical Assistance & Resources) 217-353-3333
star@parkland.edu
Distance Learning:
217-353-2342
dvl@parkland.edu
Admissions:
217-351-2482
admissions@parkland.edu
Financial Aid:
217-351-2222
finaid@parkland.edu
Advising:
Advising Center
217-351-2555
getadvised@parkland.edu
Bachelor's Degree:
217-353-2666
finishyourdegree@parkland.edu
 
 

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