Frequently asked questions about Distance Learning

How do I register for a distance learning course?

Register for a distance learning course the same way you would register for a traditional course. Remember to check course start and end dates, and required meeting times for blended courses carefully. Register through myMCC.

What technology do I need to take an online course?

Recommended computer/technical requirements:

  • Screen Size
    • A minimum of 1024x600
  • Operating System
    • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or newer
    • Mac OSX 10.6 or newer
    • Linux chromeOS
  • Mobile Operating System Native App Support
    • iOS 7 or newer
    • Android 2.3 or newer
  • Computer Speed and Processor
    • Use a computer 4 years old or newer
    • Computer Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • 2 GHz processor
    • Hard Drive: 40 GB or Higher
  • Internet Speed, Software, and Email
    • Internet Connection: High-Speed Internet Connection such DSL or cable
    • Email Account
    • Internet Browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome
    • Basic software applications (Microsoft Office)
    • Antivirus: Current and up-to-date antivirus program
    • Be sure all add-ons and/or plug-ins are updated (ie. Flash Player, etc.)
  • Screen Readers for Special Need Students
    • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 10 & 11)
    • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
    • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)

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Do I need to attend some kind of orientation?

We strongly recommend that you go through the orientation module in Canvas, the Online Course Management System.

What skills do I need to take an online or blended course?

You should be familiar with word processing functions, email, search engines, saving documents in various formats and internet use. You need to be an independent, self-motivated learner. Good time management skills are a prerequisite for distance learning success.

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Where can I find information about tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees are available here. For additional information about MCC’s distance learning program, contact an advisor.

What’s the difference between the terms “asynchronous” and “synchronous”?

In an asynchronous online environment, you can logon and attend “class” anytime and from anywhere. You're still required to finish weekly assignments on time as required by the instructor.

Synchronous describes real time instruction whereby students and instructors are engaging in an activity all at the same time. Some instructors use the chat room component in their online course to promote real time interaction.

To learn more terminology, review distance learning's Frequently Used Terms ⇒.

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How do I know if the course I’m taking can be applied toward an online degree or certificate?

Check the list of Distance Learning degree and certificate programs or contact the Advising and Transfer Center at (815) 479-7565 or email an advisor.