Distance education is defined as the interaction of learner and faculty that occurs when the two are separated by place and/or time. The Distance education learning experience is designed around the needs of the learner, providing many opportunities for an individual to pursue an education that will enhance their professional and personal well-being.
This form of education is a convenient and increasingly popular mode of delivery, freeing the learner from the time and location constraints that are often viewed as major barriers preventing individuals from attending college. MCC offers such high- quality distance education courses.
These nontraditional courses are designed around the needs of self-directed learners. The courses taught using distance education methods maintain the same high level of academic quality comparable with courses taught via traditional means:
- Online courses use the Internet as the delivery medium for teaching and learning twenty-four (24) hours-a day, seven (7) days a week. Students study online and can interact with both their faculty and classmates.
- Hybrid courses use the Internet for the delivery of most of the instruction, with some traditional face-to-face meeting required.
- Web-supported (sometimes referred to as Blended) courses meet in regular classrooms with some assignments and resources delivered online.