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Online Learning


Online courses provide flexibility and access to City Colleges of Chicago students. Although online courses are offered through Harold Washington College (HWC), students across the district can utilize them as well. Students should contact their College Advisor if they have any questions about enrolling in online classes.  
Online classes are offered in a variety of disciplines including courses in business, computer science, economics, English, geography, geology, history, humanities, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, science, and sociology.   
Online courses have the same prerequisites, academic requirements, credits, and transferability as courses taught in the traditional classroom format. They also have the same rigor and although faculty facilitate learning, students must have excellent time management skills to complete all of the online readings, assignments, and projects. HWC online courses are not self-paced, and students will move through the courses based on a clear syllabus and courses outline.  
Students will complete course work using the learning management system (Blackboard) and utilize a tool called Blackboard Collaborate to interact with their instructors and other students. Reading required course materials, submitting homework assignments, viewing recorded course sessions, and taking quizzes and exams are also part of online courses. Some  courses may have an in-person, required on-site component within the learning objectives. Finally, online courses requires students to take some exams in a proctored setting at one of the City Colleges or an off-site location.    
Teaching for Online Learning 

If you are an instructor interested in teaching an Online Learning course click here for more information.    
Tuition and Fees     
Online Learning courses follow the same tuition and fee structure as in-person classes.   

Students can register for online courses at any of the seven City Colleges of Chicago.   New students must apply for admission and register for classes in person at the college of your choice.     

Residency Requirement    

Students enrolled in online courses must be verified residents of Illinois prior to the first day of the semester or risk being dropped from their online courses.  Click here for more information on residency verification.     
Course Information  
  • Minimum System Requirements
  • Students should purchase course materials prior to the first day of the term  
  • Students can login to on the first day of the term to review the course syllabus and other information


Some Online Learning courses require one or more proctored examinations. You can determine whether a course you are interested in requires a proctored examination by looking at the course notes when registering for your classes.     

Students can schedule proctored exams at any City Colleges of Chicago Testing Center or at an offsite testing location.                                      

Online Learning Student Services   


Additional Contacts  

Cynthia Cerrentano                                                                     Vincent Wiggins    

Associate Dean of Instruction                                                     Dean of Instruction                                                              
Click here for a list of Academic Online Coordinators.  



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