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Introduction to CDLS

  for Parents and Students 

The following is designed to provide students and parents with an introduction to CDLS and being an online student.

Welcome & Introduction

Technical Setup

Successful Students

 Welcome & Introduction

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Welcome to Colorado Digital Learning Solutions (CDLS)!

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At Colorado Digital Learning Solutions, we work with your school district to provide online courses that your school district may not be able to offer, provide courses at times when you can take them, or provide opportunities to take  a course based on your special situation. Since CDLS works as a partner with your school district to provide these courses, you have a 'site coordinator' at your school district that is your local contact.


CDLS courses are designed so you can take a course in an asynchronous manner (in other words, you can be online in the course at any time of the day or night) but with structure (or deadlines for completion of the course units) so that you complete the course during your school’s grading period.


To do this, a course includes a variety of tools:

  • Recorded lectures

  • Interactive activities

  • Video and audio content

  • Interactive discussions

  • Online activities and quizzes/tests

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Part 2

 Technical Setup

Student Life

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Using the Right Browser


For the best experience please upgrade to the latest version of one of the supported browsers below. Email if you do not have access to either of these browsers.

Full technical requirements can be found here.


Google Chrome > Download the latest version

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 Being a Successful Online Student

College Student

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Tips to Organize Your Time and Work
(adopted from Florida Virtual)


Organizing your Work Space


Before you start doing work:

  • Get a notebook for your hard copies (i.e. things that you print) that you are instructed to keep throughout the course.

  • Create a folder on your computer to keep your assignments. You will save word processing documents that will be submitted throughout the course in this folder. If you do not know how to set up new folders on your hard drive, please ask the tech expert or teacher at your school.

  • Make sure you have a space to work at school and/or home. If you are working in a lab at school, be sure that you bring all your materials with you (including pencil/pen and paper) so you will be able to work efficiently during your time in the lab.

  • You will want these two items with you at all times: a copy of your schedule for the course and contact information for your instructor. These items will answer the most often asked questions, "Where am I supposed to be in the course?" and "How can I reach my teacher?" Remember you are using the communication tools within Genius to communicate with your teacher.

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