Online Learning

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 "Do the research, plan ahead, and ask questions, and you will find feedback and all the help you need for it."

- Greg Kaprynzk, Oakton Online Student


Online Learning Student Resources

Find Out if Online Learning is Right for You

The ideal online student is self-motivated, organized and disciplined. Online classes require as much time and effort as those taught in a classroom. Be prepared to work hard for your grades before you enroll. If you are not sure about taking an online class, take these two five- to ten-minute surveys on the Online Assessment System for Internet Students (OASIS) website to evaluate your study skills and/or learning style, and discover tips for making the most out of your online experience.

Getting Started

  1. Apply to Oakton (if you’re not currently enrolled)
  2. Register for Classes (online on myOakton or in person with a photo I.D. at the Enrollment Center on either campus)
  3. Meet with Advising

Funding Your Education

Online courses are assessed tuition plus an additional $50/course online technology fee. Financial Aid is available to all who qualify. Remember to also apply for scholarships!

Spotlight: Academic Support Offices

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Academic Advising

Oakton's academic advisors are professionals with advanced degrees who are ready, and willing to assist you with your educational needs. Whether you are seeking a certificate to enhance your job skills, a technical/vocational degree to get you into the labor force, or a degree to transfer to a four-year institution, advisors will meet you one-on-one to help you with your academic planning.

Learn About Advising Services 

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Online Learning 

Online Learning is dedicated to the needs of distance and online students. They can support you in using Oakton's online learning management system, D2L (Desire 2 Learn). They can also assist you in applying for technology equipment such as Mobile WiFi hotspots and/or Chromebooks if you meet eligibility requirements. Contact Online Learning at or 847.635.1971.

Using D2L (Desire 2 Learn)

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Tutoring Services

All of the same Academic Support Services are available for our online students as those who study on-campus. This includes tutoring; meet virtually with experts in writing, math, science, accounting, and more. Online students are welcome to use our on-ground facilities and are encouraged to meet with offices in person anytime.

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