Apr 17, 2024  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2022-23 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2022-23 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Dynamic ONLINE LEARNING to meet 21st Century needs


Middlesex Community College has been delivering courses online for over 25 years.  Deans and Faculty are trained in online course design and quality standards, incorporating 21st century skills directly, intentionally and measurably into their coursework.  Ensuring that 21st century skills are included in the online course design is essential to student’s success in the workplace.

In an increasingly competitive global economy, it is not enough for students to acquire subject-level mastery alone. Skills like creativity, problem-solving, communication and analytical thinking are necessary for all levels of success, from entry-level jobs to engineering and technical fields.

MCC provides several options for you to complete your degree. You can blend traditional on campus courses with wholly online courses or take a mix in one of our new hybrid courses.  Our online course options allow you to access courses in a place most convenient to you, at a competitive cost.  The content, prerequisites, grading systems and credit for online and hybrid courses are the same as courses offered in the classroom. Students are expected to participate fully, as well as complete assignments and tests in a timely manner.

Online Courses are taught using a learning management system called Blackboard.  Students login to Blackboard to access their course schedule and materials.  Online courses are designated by a W in the catalog. 

  • W = Web; Online-no class meeting times

Hybrid courses combine online with face-to-face instruction, reducing the amount of time spent on campus to complete a course.  MCC offers three types of hybrid courses;

  • H = Hybrid, Online and on-campus meeting times
  • WT = Online with synchronous class meeting times
  • WO = Online with on-campus lab work

Students considering enrolling in online or hybrid courses are advised to read the course information and requirements thoroughly to determine their suitability.

The online learning readiness survey and a listing of each semester’s online course offerings are posted at; 

Why MCC is Right for You

For further information, email distance_ed@middlesex.mass.edu


Benefits of Online Learning

There are many benefits to learning online, some are listed below:

  • Expand your career horizons
  • Learn a new skill needed in the workplace
  • Build self-discipline and accountability
  • Expand your professional network
  • Reduced education costs
  • Ability to work a job while you study
  • More opportunities for teacher-student interaction
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Study with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to pursue a hobby or interest
  • Avoid the dreaded commute
  • Comfort of learning from your own home


Method of Study and Technology Requirements for Online Learning:  

To participate in these courses, students need the following:

  • Computer. Windows 7 or greater, Macintosh OS X or later,
  • Chrome OS or comparable system.
  • We encourage students to access our courses in Blackboard LMS from a computer web browser rather than a tablet or smartphone.
  • Internet. High speed Internet connection (cable, DSL, etc.). A dialup connection will likely not work, due to the required streaming audio & video in each course.
  • Email Account. Students will receive an MCC email that must be used for all communications with Faculty and for any coursework matters.
  • Web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge). Internet Explorer is not recommended.
  • In order to use Middlesex Community College’s Blackboard (learning management system), students will need to enable cookies in their Web browser.
  • Office suite, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is included with student’s email account.
  • Although Blackboard has a mobile app, it has limited features. MCC encourages students to access our courses in Blackboard from a desktop web browser rather than a tablet or smartphone. 
  • Video Conference Recommendations. Courses use Zoom Live Video Conferencing and/or Blackboard Collaborate. Students are encouraged to use a webcam and microphone to fully participate in the live portions of courses (via computer or smartphone app for iPhone or Android). For students who do not have access to these devices, a telephone number for call-in will be available as well.