By: Curt Freed, MCC President

Morgan Community College (MCC) announces the launch of the MCC Global Classroom, a collection of courses that allows students to connect to their instructors and

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Dr. Curt Freed

classrooms in real-time from anywhere there is an internet connection.

MCC is a small college serving a vast geographic region.  The main campus is in Fort Morgan, but there are also Centers in Wray, Bennett, Limon, and Burlington – comprising an 11,500 square mile service region.  Helping students connect with higher education in such an expansive rural area creates challenges.  As a community college, one of our greatest goals is to increase access to higher education, and doing that takes creativity when our students live across hundreds of miles.

Thankfully, technology has changed the way we can connect with people.  For several years, MCC has used a live distance education approach utilizing WebEx – an internet video conferencing platform.  For example, an instructor and a traditional classroom of students may originate in Fort Morgan, but other students can attend the class from home or one of our other Center locations online.  This “synchronous” distance learning is live, real-time, and face-to-face.  Additionally, an entire class can connect from their homes, including the instructor – never stepping foot into a physical classroom.

Distance learning has traditionally been thought of as “asynchronous,” where instructors post lessons and learning materials online and students complete them at their convenience without any live interaction with their teachers. This learning approach is not for everyone, and the MCC Global Classroom provides an excellent alternative for students who prefer a real-time distance learning experience.  We know that for many of our students, live interaction with our faculty is key to their success.

Starting spring 2018, the MCC class schedule will include the MCC Global Classroom as one of the campuses students can select from for their courses.  Any course within the Global Classroom is available no matter where a student is located, as long as an internet connection is available.  Classes will adhere to regular schedules, just as they would if they were meeting in physical classrooms.

Students can blend a schedule with different learning modes, as well.  For example, a student can take a course through the MCC Global Classroom, a course scheduled at one of our campus locations, and a course through traditional asynchronous distance learning.  This flexibility creates the most schedule options to meet students’ unique time and learning needs.

The spring 2018 schedule is available exclusively from the MCC website, www.morgancc.edu.  MCC has transitioned from mailing paper schedules to an online version so prospective students can access the most current information.  A brief tutorial on the Global Classroom is available on the schedule page of the website.

There are many benefits to completing a college education.  On average, students who complete an associate degree earn nearly $350,000 more over their lifetime as compared to someone with only a high school diploma.  Prosperity, health, and social mobility are also bolstered by achieving a higher education.  Morgan Community College continues to pursue innovative ways to help everyone imagine, believe, and achieve their goals.

I invite you to check out the wide variety of courses offered through the MCC Global Classroom this spring, such as Computer Network Security/Cybersecurity, English, Real Estate, Biology, and many additional general education courses that are guaranteed to transfer to Colorado four-year institutions.  We are committed to growing the Global Classroom to meet the higher education needs in our region.

If you’re thinking about going back to school, or know someone who could benefit by continuing their education, the MCC Global Classroom is here to provide flexible options.

MCC Global Classroom, Connect Live:  Anyone.  Anywhere.