The distance education program at Manchester Community College offers an excellent opportunity for people in Connecticut and anyone with an Internet connection to stay knowledgeable and competitive in today's global environment. MCC recognizes the importance of flexibility in a person's day-to-day life, so it offers online courses that provide flexibility in time and geographic location. By being part of the online experience at MCC, one is involved in an electronic community consisting of online classrooms, information/library resources, advisers and counselors, and services such as the bookstore, with a variety of opportunities to communicate with MCC professionals in an academic setting. One will, therefore, engage in discussions with professors, classmates, and colleagues, and collaborate on coursework as he or she communicates in common cyber forums.
In the online learning environment, a student will need access to a computer with an Internet connection (such as through a modem, DSL, or cable modem). Most frequently, this computer will be the student's own personal one. Once a student has signed up for a course, he or she will be able to choose the time and place to attend class. It is very convenient, as a student has the option of how and when to choose electronic assignments. During the course, a fair amount of reading, typing, and reflecting on what others have written will be done. In an online course, communication mostly occurs through reading and writing. Many non-credit and credit classes are offered online, most of which do not include courses that require hands-on activities.