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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Following are common questions about Online Courses at MCCC:

  1. What is an Online Course?
  2. Is an Online Course right for me?
  3. What is Blackboard?
  4. How can I find out what online courses are being taught at MCCC?
  5. Is Blackboard just used for Online Courses?
  6. What equipment do I need?
  7. Will an online course take less time than an on-campus course?
  8. What is the MCCVLC?
  9. How do I log into Blackboard?

What is an Online Course?   <Back to FAQ List>
An online course is one that is taught entirely over the Internet.  You have opportunities to interact with your instructor and other students, and cover the same learning objectives you would in an on-campus class.  At MCCC, Blackboard software is used provide online courses. 

Is an Online Course right for me?   <Back to FAQ List>
If you are an independent learner, highly self-motivated, possess good time management and study skills, on-line learning may be appropriate for you.  Since coursework can be completed any time of the day or night, it is ideal for those who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes.  If the course has prerequisites listed in the schedule of classes, you should have performed well in those prerequisite courses.  It is easy to fall behind if you do not have the background needed for the course.

What is Blackboard?   <Back to FAQ List>
Blackboard is computer software that provides tools for students and instructors to interact online.  When an instructor creates a course in Blackboard they typically include course documents such as their syllabus, lecture notes, or sample tests.  They may also provide communication tools such as a discussion board, email, or virtual classroom to discussion course topics online.

How can I find out what online courses are being taught at MCCC?  <Back to FAQ List>
Each semester the online courses at MCCC are listed near the back of the course catalog.  You may also enroll in online courses taught at any of the other 27 community colleges in Michigan through the MCCVLC.

Is Blackboard just used for Online Courses?   <Back to FAQ List>
No.  Over half of the courses available on Blackboard at MCCC are on-ground, face-to-face courses.  Blackboard is used as a supplement in these courses to provide a richer educational experience outside of class.

What equipment do I need?   <Back to FAQ List>
All online students will need regular access to a computer, modem and printer.  See the MCCC web page for the minimum hardware and software requirements for each class.  While it is possible for students with access to campus to use one of the computers in the open computer lab, it is recommended that you have your own computer at home with an Internet connection.  You will also need an Email Address. MCCC now provides all students email accounts. Please go here for further information.

Will an online course take less time than an on-campus course?   <Back to FAQ List>
No!  Online courses often take more time than their classroom-based equivalent.  While you do not have scheduled times that you have to be in the class, instructors will require that you spend a number of hours each week doing online work.  This might include participating in discussion board topics, writing papers, completing assignments, doing peer evaluations of other students' work, and much more.

What is the MCCVLC?  <Back to FAQ List>
The Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC) is comprised of the majority of Michigan's 28 community colleges.  Through the MCCVLC, students throughout the state may take online courses at any other college and receive services and credit from the community college in their district.  Through the MCCVLC, a resident of Monroe County may take online classes from Lansing Community College, Kellogg Community College, Gogebic, or any of over 20 other colleges in the state.

How do I log into Blackboard?   <Back to FAQ List>
To login to Blackboard, go to the login page:  https://bb.monroeccc.edu.  For login instructions, please visit the Support page: https://bb9.monroeccc.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_15_1