Types of Courses

Blended Courses

Blended courses offer instruction that is taught using a combination of course formats. Below is a list of the types of blended courses provided at CLC:

  • In-Person and Virtual Live - A blend of in-person and remote class meetings during scheduled times

  • In-Person and Online - A blend of in-person meetings and online learning

  • Virtual Live and Online - A blend of remote class meetings during scheduled times and online learning

  • In-Person, Virtual Live and Online - A blend of in-person and remote class meetings during scheduled times and online learning

  • Virtual Live – Remote class meetings

Not all blended courses are configured the same. Blended courses have varying online and on campus schedules. For example, some courses may have mostly online content with a few face-to-face classes, and some meet on campus weekly and include an online component of the class.

The benefits of blended courses are that they allow students flexibility to take advantage of what each format has to offer. However, many of the same tips for success for online courses still apply. Blended courses are offered by all academic divisions. For more information, visit www.clcillinois.edu/online.

Online Courses

The college offers online courses to accommodate the active schedules of CLC students. With online courses, students have flexibility to complete coursework without scheduled meetings while staying actively engaged in a fully online environment. Courses for transfer and career programs are available to meet graduation goals toward the A.A., A.S., A.A.S. and A.G.S. degrees and certificates online via the Canvas course management system. Technical requirements include Internet access through a browser to connect to your course through the MyCLC Portal. Additional technical requirements for learning online can be found at www.clcillinois.edu/online.

The structure for each course is different based on the area of study with student success in mind. Please be mindful that online courses are not for everyone, as the need for self- motivation, time management skills and the ability to work independently are key factors to successful course completion. To prepare for your first online course, online readiness tools and resources are available to ensure students are set up for success. For more information, visit www.clcillinois.edu/online.

Modular Instruction

Students wishing to improve basic skills in writing can do so by enrolling in a module. These individualized, structured programs of study permit students to work at their own pace. Modules are available at the Grayslake, Lakeshore and Southlake campuses.

course Individualized Topics in Writing and Reading

Contact any tutoring center for more information.

Education Abroad

As a means of promoting international education among its students, CLC offers both short term and long term education abroad programs. These programs provide students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of other cultures, as well as their own, and gain an invaluable global perspective.

 Short term education abroad programs are typically two to three weeks in duration and take place during Spring Intersession (mid to late May) or Winter Intersession (December- January). Destinations vary each year. Programs are led by experienced CLC faculty and provide students the chance to earn 3-6 CLC credits.

Students interested in residing and studying in another country for a longer period of time may participate in a semester abroad program offered through CLC or the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP). Students may choose from a program in Kunnming, China; Canterbury, England; Salzburg, Austria; Carlow, Ireland; Seville, Spain; Hyderabad, India; Dijon, France or San Jose, Costa Rica. The curriculum for these programs emphasizes courses in art, foreign language, history, humanities, literature and music.

All courses may be used to fulfill graduation requirements or as electives in transfer degree programs.

Financial aid for qualified persons may be applied toward the cost of education abroad programs at CLC.

For more information about education abroad programs offered at CLC, through ICISP or other study abroad organizations, contact the Department for Global Engagement at jcushing@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2733.

Field Experiences

In addition to providing education in the classroom, lecture hall and laboratory, CLC faculty members also teach courses “in the field.” Faculty lead field study and travel courses for a variety of art, biology, geology, history and humanities courses to locations such as Door County or the Appalachian Trail. See the current class schedule for more information about which field study courses are being offered in a given semester.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to enrich their academic and community experiences and to reflect the diversity of the college community as a whole.

Honors work emphasizes independence and critical thinking skills. Students can anticipate challenging types of assignments, research with primary sources, increased group activity and opportunities to take on leadership roles inside and outside of the classroom. The following criteria are used to determine acceptance into the Honors Program:

•  Completion of Honors application form

•  Unofficial high school and/or college transcripts

In addition, students must meet either of the following criteria to be admitted into the Honors Program.

• A high school GPA of 3.5/4.0 or

•  A college GPA of 3.5/4.0 (with a minimum of 12 academic credit hours)