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Skills Needed for Online Learning

Basic skills

  • Good time management skills; ability to schedule your time effectively and complete assignments on time.
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined; you don’t need to be reminded of deadlines.
  • Good reading and comprehension skills: ability to follow written instructions.

Computer skills
Ability to . . .

  • Locate a file on a hard drive, flash drive and/or server
  • Create and manage files and folders including saving, organizing and deleting files and/or folders
  • Navigate between applications
  • Upload and download files
  • Download and install software programs from the web
  • Open and listen/view audio and/or video files
  • Safely create and remember logins and passwords

E-mail skills
Ability to . . .

  • Send and open an e-mail message
  • Forward and/or reply to an e-mail message
  • Open and save an attachment
  • Attach and send an attachment
  • Create e-mail folders and save messages to a specific folder
  • Create and/or add a name to an address book
  • Cut and paste from a word processing program into an e-mail
  • Use appropriate “netiquette” (language and spelling) in discussions, postings, chats and assignments

Browser skills
Ability to . . .

  • Identify the browser you are using
  • Go to a specific URL or web page
  • Print or save a web page
  • Follow a hypertext link
  • Search using a basic search engine
  • Return to a previous page visited

Word processing skills
Ability to . . .

  • Open a new or existing document
  • Save a document
  • Cut, paste and/or format text
  • Print a document

ClarkOnline Learning Requirements

Clark State uses the learning management system called Angel to deliver online courses. The following information explains how and when to access your course(s), technical information and who to contact with questions or if you need assistance.

You will have access to your online or hybrid course(s) on the first day of each term. To access your course(s), go to the Angel link located at the bottom of this web page or go directly to https://angel.clarkstate.edu. Students can also access Angel from a link on the myClarkState portal.

  • Your Username is your Computer System Username/Login and your Password is your System ID. These are located on the schedule/invoice you received after registering for your course(s).
  • Click "Log On" after entering your Username and Password.
  • You may need to change your password after you log on the first time.
  • Your Username and Password are for your use only. Please keep them safe and don’t share them with others.

There is no guarantee that every computer will be compatible with Angel, however, the following are the recommended minimum computer hardware and software configurations for online coursework.

  Mac PC
Hardware iMac or better Pentium III or higher
   
Connection DSL/high speed/broadband recommended; a reliable Internet service provider and connection DSL/high speed/broadband recommended; a reliable Internet service provider and connection
   
Operating System      Macintosh OS/X Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
   
RAM At or above OS recommendation At or above OS recommendation
   
Browser Firefox 12 or higher
(Firefox 6 and 7 Do Not Work)
Chrome 28+
Safari (newest version)
Firefox 12 or higher
(Firefox 6 and 7 Do Not Work)
Internet Explorer 8 or 9
Chrome 28+
   
Settings Pop-Up blocking disabled; JavaScript enabled; cookies enabled (optional) Pop-Up blocking disabled; JavaScript enabled; cookies enabled (optional)
   
Java 7.26 or higher 7.26 or higher
   
Peripherals Sound card and speakers; CD/DVD drive; microphone and camera*; wireless card (optional) Sound card and speakers; CD/DVD drive; microphone and camera*; wireless card (optional)

* A camera may be required for some courses – please refer to the syllabus for information.

Note: Certain antivirus programs interfere with the viewing of videos and you may need to temporarily turn off your antivirus program to view the videos.

You can also access your course(s) by using any of Clark State's open computer labs, the College Library, the Success Center and the Self-Paced Lab in the Sara T. Landess Technology and Learning Center (Leffel Lane Campus). During the first week of classes, the Self-Paced Lab located in TLC Room 114 offers basic instruction on how to access and use Angel, WebAdvisor, Gmail student e-mail and the College network.

Where to get help:

  • Trouble accessing your course: Contact the Clark State This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 937-328-6121.
  • E-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Angel 8.0 Student Quickstart Guide
  • Course specific questions: Contact your instructor.
  • Internet, hardware or software problems: Check your software manual or contact your Internet Service Provider or computer’s technical support/help desk.

Online Learning Complaint Process

Clark State Community College is currently authorized to offer distance education programs in: California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington with further sites pending approval.

ClarkOnline students from out of state should attempt to resolve any issues or complaints with Clark State first. To do this, you may request the amendment of your education records if you believe it is inaccurate or misleading. You should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record you want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the problem is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may take the matter to the Dean of Student Affairs and (in absence of resolution satisfactory to you) to a formal hearing in accordance with the College's established grievance procedures.

However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint about Clark State with your state by referring to the following list of State Agencies in compliance with Federal Department of Education regulations. You may also contact our accrediting agency, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission.