May 19, 2024  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024 
    
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024

Middlesex Online


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FLEXIBLE ONLINE PROGRAMS

Advance your career. Find your passion. Learn new skills.

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 students’ 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.

Middlesex features multiple modalities of teaching - each featuring immersive and interactive educational experiences:

  • Online and On-Campus Lecture - These hybrid (blended) classes combine on-campus and online instruction.
  • Online and On-Campus Lab - These hybrid (blended) classes combine online instruction and on-campus labs.
  • Lecture - This is a traditional on-campus face-to-face course. Classes meet weekly on campus with students and instructors.
  • Lecture and Lab - This is a traditional on-campus face-to-face course and lab. Classes meet weekly on campus with students and instructors.
  • Online with Class Meeting Times - This is a fully online class format with scheduled meeting days and times. Students must be online during scheduled meeting times.
  • Online with No Class Meeting Times - This is a fully online class format. There are no scheduled meeting days or times. Lectures, lessons and exercises are completed online, over the course of the semester.
  • HyflexStudents may choose to attend class in person or virtually. Dates and times of course meetings are listed in the course syllabus. Hyflex courses have scheduled meeting times.

 

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:

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

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Why Choose Middlesex?

For further information, please 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

 

Minimum Technology Requirements for Online Learning:  

When participating in distance education courses, it is vital to consider the technology needed in order to have a successful course experience. 

Hardware:

  • Computer with an up-to-date operating system: Windows 10 or newer; Mac OS 10.14 Mojave or newer 
  • Internet connection: download speed of at least 1.5 Mbps, 750 kbps upload 
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers 
  • Chrome OS or comparable system.
  • We encourage students to access our courses in Blackboard from a computer web browser rather than a tablet or smartphone.

         Software:

  • Browsers: for best performance, use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Office suite, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is included with the student’s email account.
  • Email Account: students will receive an MCC email that must be used for all communications with Faculty and for any coursework matters.
  • In order to use Blackboard, students will need to enable cookies in their Web browser.
  • 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 Conferences:  Zoom and/or Collaborate.