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Manchester, CT
Tuition (in-state)
$10,464 ($3,598)
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2 College Senior

Online Courses: I find online courses, for me, not to be a wise idea. I get very bored and wander through the internet. I have zilch discipline with online. I do much better in the classroom.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: It is difficult because there are no faces to know who you are chatting with and who the professor is

3 College Junior

Online Courses: It's easy to forget you have them sometimes

College Junior

Online Courses: I have never taken an online course. I tried to once but was too confused on how it worked so I dropped it.

2 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Online courses are easy to cheat on and I didn't learn anything.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1147th
    Best Online Professor Communication
  • 1247th
    Best Tech Support
  • 1259th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Valyn Eugene
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Required Tech Skills
Mostly, you need basic tech skills, but the most important thing to have, more than anything, is a strong network connection.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
A single day might consist of responding to questions in an online forum and reading material provided by the professor.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
There are two or three exams throughout the semester, with quizzes and assignments every three weeks or so.
Online Testing & Grading
Tests are done wherever there's an Internet connection. You don't need to go to a particular facility.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
  • Appropriate class sizes
  • Course availability
  • Section/class availability
  • Convenience
  • Course management system (submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc.)
  • Discussion/interaction with other students
  • Manageability of workload
  • Tutoring assistance
  • Tech support
  • User-friendly technology

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of your online courses?    Based on 33 responses

  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 19% Learned a few new things
  • 15% Learned a lot of new things
  • 13% Waste of time
  • 13% Will advance my career
  • 7% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 6% Will help me switch careers

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interaction with students
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
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