Three Myths about Online Learning

Don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to taking college classes online. For example:

1.  Online classes are easier than classroom versions.  False!  Parkland’s online courses are interactive, engaging, and require attentiveness on the part of the student.  Not only will you have required assignments and activities in the online environment, but you’ll also have offline readings as well.

2.  Online learning is just a bunch of emails back and forth.  False!  The software programs available to online learning providers, like Parkland, allow students to see, hear, and respond to instructors.  Many courses include discussions, readings, and video activities, in addition to tests and assignments.  Most students in online classes report as much or more interaction and engagement as in a campus-based classroom.

3.  Online classes aren’t as effective as their classroom counterparts.  Again, false!  Online classes at Parkland are part of the regular academic departments and are taught by the same instructors who teach in the classroom.  Many offer the same exam schedule and cover the exact same material in the online version as in the classroom.

Parkland College prides itself on being one of the leaders in distance learning in the state of Illinois, so you can be confident that your online education will be a valuable experience!

What Makes “SADHA” So Special?

[SADHA President Mary Liesse and members of the Parkland Dental Hygiene program would like to share with you a little about what they do at Parkland and for its communities.]

We love SADHA!

SADHA stands for the Student American Dental Hygiene Association. As Parkland College Dental Hygiene students and proud members of SADHA, we try to have active community involvement by volunteering with the Smile Healthy organization and Frances Nelson Dental Center and participating in community activities. What we do to help others is pretty rewarding.

SADHA raises money every year to host a free clinic day. This year, we raced in the Car X Crazy K, which consisted of a 5K obstacle course; we raised $6,300 and donated more than half of it to our charity of choice, the Smile Healthy/Frances Nelson Dental Center. Our next free clinic day will be held April 11, 2015, and treatment we offer to our Parkland patients includes, fillings, extractions, and some tooth replacement with mouth flippers. Many dentists, Carle Oral Surgery employees, nurses, Regal Dental Laboratory technicians, students, and dental hygienists also volunteer their time and skills to help during this event.

SADHA also sponsors a local family in need for Christmas. We help make their Christmas wishes come true by filling their Christmas list!

Our community involvement is just one real-world component in Parkland’s two-year Dental Hygiene program. The program also features a clinic on campus, where Dental Hygiene students fully assess and clean a patient’s mouth.  Cleanings are $10 and include an oral cancer screening, blood pressure screening, medical history review, full intra-oral and extra-oral assessment, caries detection, nutritional counseling, X-rays, deep and regular cleanings, and an exam by our dentist. We also sell professional strength Crest White Strips for $35 and electric toothbrushes ranging in price from $20 to $85. 

We are looking for patients who haven’t had their teeth cleaned in five years or more. Appointments are about three hours long, and some patients may require more than one appointment.  Our clinic phone number is 217/351-2221 to make an appointment for a cleaning.

Your Mom Called. She Said to Wear Clean Underwear and Carry Your I.D.

Lori Sprague
Lori Sprague, Admissions Assistant

“PARKLAND ADMISSIONS, THIS IS LORI…”

Here’s something I’ve noticed for quite a while now: When students come into Admissions, the first thing we always ask before we can conduct any business is, “Do you have a photo ID?” This is the interesting part (to me, anyway): The student usually says, “It’s out in my car.

I would say this is the response we get about seven out of 10 times. (Okay, Institutional Accountability and Research doesn’t have any data on this, so let’s just say it’s based on my own observational data. Sounds pretty solid, right?) Well, maybe some days this occurs more than others. There may be some days where lots of photo IDs are showing up at the front counter, and then there are other days where most of them are locked safely out in the trunks of cars in the B, C, & M parking lots.

So, you might have to be patient with me, here, as I may slip into “Mom-mode” and let my worry-wart behavior hang out…get ready for a few “what ifs”  (I’m a big fan of bullet points, they’re awesome!):

  • What if you get hurt while on campus?
  • What if you don’t feel well and pass out?
  • What if the New Madrid fault causes a major earthquake, Parkland is the epicenter, and you fall into a crevasse?

Even though the Doe family (Jane and John) certainly are part of a respected and long line of anonymity, and they seem to be super welcoming to adding new relatives, you may want to retain your very own, unique identity.  What better way to retain your identity than to carry it with you at all times?

So whether you are a Parkland Student, or a Student of Life, my friend, I will leave you with this sage old advice:  Always wear clean underwear. Always carry your ID.

Spring 2015 Registration and Transfer Planning

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What? Registration for the Spring 2015 semester is already underway?

Believe it or not, registration for Parkland College Spring Semester 2015 began Monday at 8 a.m. Registration this week is restricted to current Parkland students, based on a schedule that was sent to all students via their Parkland email accounts about two weeks ago. Open enrollment will begin next week.

All degree-seeking students who have earned less than 30 credit hours are required to be advised before they can register for classes. Please note that earned credit hours do not include hours in which students are currently enrolled. Additionally, all students on academic probation and students in certain programs (health professions majors, for example) are also required to be advised before registering.

Advising guidelines are posted on page 6 of the Spring 2015 Class Schedule. NOW is the time to get advised, so that you can enroll early on and have the best chance for getting the classes and the kind of schedule you desire.

Transfer Planning

Planning to transfer to another college or university next fall? It is important to make sure that you are taking the proper courses to transfer to the program you wish AND to know when you should be applying. The professionals in the Counseling and Advising Center (U267) would be happy to assist with your transfer planning. Please note that the Center will be extremely busy over the next two months due to spring registration, but please be patient and get the help that you need.

Students who plan to attend Parkland in the fall 2015 semester can learn more about Parkland College and transfer to other colleges and universities by attending the upcoming free Student-Parent Information Night (SPIN) at Parkland this coming Thursday evening, October 30, from 6 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. in the new Student Union. Click here for further information and for a registration link.

Top Five Resume Mistakes

We critique a lot of resumes in the Parkland College Career Center (more than 600/year, but who’s counting?!). Here are the mistakes we see students make most often:

1) Wrong college name. Our college name is “Parkland College,” not “Parkland Community College.”
2) Your name doesn’t stand out. Enlarge and bold it!
3) Work experience isn’t stated in the right ‘tense’. If you’re no longer performing the work, you ‘did’ it. If you’re still performing the work, you’re ‘doing’ it.
4) You don’t list (or even know) your professional strengths. If you can’t sell your strengths, why should they hire you?
5) You don’t state your correct degree program. “Close enough” isn’t close enough.

Now that you’re armed with a better resume, want to know the hottest careers out there to get? You can pick up lots more information this Thursday, during Parkland’s Student-Parent Information Night. It’s  6 to 7:45 p.m. in Room U144.  You can even sign up there to win money that can help you take courses leading toward that new career.

While you’re at it, stop by and visit us at the Parkland College Career Center (Room U238)…your partner from the start!

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Go ahead, get ahead.