Frequently Asked Questions About Online Learning

  • How do I register for an online course?

    Register for an online 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 or blended course?

    Recommended computer/technical requirements:

    • Minimum Screen Size 1024 x 600
    • 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 and 11)
      • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
      • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • Do I need to attend some kind of orientation?

    If you're new to MCC or Canvas, we strongly recommend that you complete the Canvas orientation course, How to Take a Course at MCC Using Canvas, before your online course begins.

  • 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 online learning success.

  • How do I get technical help with my online course?

    Contact the IT Help Desk

  • Where can I find information about tuition and fees?

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

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

    In an asynchronous online environment, you can log in 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.

  • What if MCC doesn't offer the online course I need?
    Speak with an advisor. MCC is member of Illinois Community Colleges Online, a consortium of Illinois community colleges that share resources. You may be able to take the online course you need through another school at MCC tuition rates!