Online Learning Success

Online Learning Success

Family, work and other priorities don’t have to get in the way of you achieving your academic goal. We’ve designed online classes, services and support so you can still get a quality education without coming to campus.

Why take classes online?
  • Your education, your way. Midnight or 3:00 pm, learn on your time.
  • Go at your pace. Part-time or full-time, you’re in control of your course load.
  • Build essential skills. Online classes help you build your collaboration, critical thinking, time management, communication and research skills (plus more) in a virtual, professional environment.
  • Learn from the experts. Kish’s expert faculty often have industry experience and are available to help you succeed.
  • If it’s available in-person, it’s available online. You may never have to step foot on Kish campus to complete your AA degree.
What type of online course is right for me?

Our online courses fall into two categories: synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous courses are online with regularly scheduled class meetings using a tool like Zoom or another virtual classroom. Asynchronous courses do not have a scheduling class meeting time. The type of online course can be found in the individual class description in Search for Courses and Course Sections.

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Courses | Learn More


Current courses available

How do I get started with my online course?

Brightspace by D2L Online Learning


Whether you are a first-time online learner or a returning online learner, we have an important checklist for getting started with online courses at Kishwaukee College.

See the Checklist

How can I be successful in my online classes?
  1. Review each course syllabus to know your instructor’s expectations. You’ll need a computer/tablet, internet and the ability to participate in a virtual classroom. Some classes may require specific software for testing. Every instructor is different. Review each syllabus closely to know your instructor’s requirements. Understand the specific technology requirements, how to submit assignments and how you’ll be graded.
  2. Plan your semester. Mapping out your entire course, including major due dates and tests, can help you visualize what needs to be completed.
  3. Create a daily schedule. Know what needs to be completed each day and include it in your daily schedule. Keeping a routine such as studying at the same time each day can help.
  4. Allow for computer and internet challenges. Give yourself plenty of time to complete course work. You never know what technology challenges may arise.
  5. Set-up your best place to study. Your environment can have a big impact on your success. Find a quiet place to focus on school and keep distractions to a minimum.
  6. Ask questions. If you are uncertain about an assignment or topic, ask your instructor for clarity.
  7. Study with your classmates. Think about hosting virtual study or review sessions with some classmates. It can be a great opportunity to connect, make friends and learn from one another.
  8. Take care of yourself. Taking breaks and rewarding yourself can go far to avoid burnout. Schedule time each day to do what energizes you and helps you perform at your best.
  9. Reach out for help. Kish provides a number of services online to help you achieve your academic goal.
  • Tutoring is available 24/7 and is accessible through Brightspace or
  • Students can access the library database for research if they are logged into myKC. 
  • Faculty hold regular online office hours to chat and help students with course material.
  • Helpdesk can assist with technology questions.
  • Talk with your advisor to ensure you take the right classes.
  • Disability services helps students get the right accommodations to support their academic success.

Need any other materials to be successful online? The College has Chromebooks and laptops available for student use. Please contact your advisor or counselor at if you need assistance with a device, internet or anything else for class.

What technology is needed to be successful in my online class?

Technology Requirements
Basic minimum requirements to being a college student include:

  • Access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer
  • High speed internet access
  • Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Available free to KC students)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Ability to download documents
  • Web Browser to access student email and Brightspace by D2L (Chrome, Firefox, Safari preferred)
  • Ability to participate in virtual classrooms via computer or cell phone (i.e. Zoom or Google Hangouts)

Don’t forget to check your syllabus for technology requirements as each class may have different requirements. 

Do you need a Chromebook or Laptop?  Contact the Kishwaukee College Help Desk at  for more information regarding our loan program or for assistance with technology questions. 

Testing Requirements (ProctorFree/Proctorio)
Note:  not all tests will require the use of proctoring software.  It is important to review your course syllabi to determine specific testing requirements.
Testing requirements may include:

  • Access to a laptop or desktop computer (Chromebooks or other tablets will not work)
  • High speed internet access. Speed should be between 0.092 - 0.244 Mbps. You can test your internet speed using (hotspots not recommended)
  • Webcam (internal or external)
  • Microphone (internal or external)

Don't forget to check your syllabus for testing requirements as each class may have different requirements.

How do I pay for classes?

There are many options to pay for college, including financial aid and payment plans.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the financial challenges students may be having. We have made some changes to alleviate any immediate financial burden or uncertainty:

  • The tuition due date for Summer 2020 classes has been extended to July 1. Tuition for students on a payment plan is August 1.
  • Students will not be dropped for non-payment this summer. Students who register for Summer 2020 classes and do not drop within the refund period will be responsible for tuition and fees.
  • We are waiving the $25 fee for students who enroll in a payment plan for both Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses.

Additionally, Kish is continuously exploring other options to ensure College remains affordable throughout the pandemic. Visit for updates.

How do I enroll?
  1. First-time students and students returning after a two year break, must apply. New students may be required to take placement tests for math and English. Students requiring accommodations should contact our disability services to get the process started. 
  2. See what’s being offered this semester.
  3. Schedule an appointment online with your advisor to build the best schedule. 
  4. Monitor your progress towards your degree through Self-Service.  
  5. Register for your classes as early as possible. 
  6. Log into myKC. You’ll be able to access your student email and receive important college communications through it. 
  7. Pay for your classes. Our financial aid professionals are a phone call away if you need help. In-district tuition is charged for Illinois residents enrolled in an online class. 
  8. Order and ship your course materials to your front door from our bookstore.
  9. Get familiar with our online learning platform Brightspace
  10. Make sure your tech is compatible with our platform. 

More information can be found on our Get Started page.

Contact Us

The Student Services Office is here to help you through the admissions process, course registration and retrieving your academic record. Send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.

Phone: 815-825-9375
TTY: 815-825-9106
Fax: 815-825-2306