Online Course FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an online course?

    An online course is held between 80% and 100% online. Some online courses (i.e. math) require you to come on-campus for testing, orientation or presentations. Be sure to check the course requirements.

  • What is a hybrid course?

    A hybrid course meets at least 50% of the time in the classroom. The other part of the course is held online.

  • How much time should I expect to spend on an online course?

    You should expect to spend the same amount of time on an online course as you would attending and studying for an on-campus course. IMPORTANT! Be prepared to commit 6 – 9 hours per week to studies for every 3-credit course. More time is needed when taking 8 or 12-week course.

  • How do I register for an online course?

    Please refer to online registration.

  • How do I get an email account?

    You should be automatically provided with an MCC email account, student ID and student username when you become an MCC student. This account should be used for all MCC related email communication. There is also course mail in Schoology. Course mail allows you to communicate with your instructor and other students only within the course.

  • When do I get a Schoology account?

    After you become an MCC student and register for your first course, you will be provided with a Schoology account shortly before the start of the semester. Registrations throughout the semester will have Schoology accounts created daily.

  • How do I access my online course?

    Students can access online courses from the MCC Portal. Every student is provided an Schoology account with a username and password.

  • How do I turn in assignments, communicate with my instructor and take tests or exams?

    All of this can be done directly through Schoology.

    • Online students turn in homework/assignments and communicate with their instructor through the Schoology system using drop boxes, internal course mail or by using other course tools as stated in the course syllabus.
    • Check your course syllabus to find out when your instructor may be available for telephone and office conferences.
    • Students communicate with other students enrolled in the course through private course mail and public “discussion board” postings.
    • Students in most courses take their tests online using Schoology testing capabilities. Math students take two proctored exams at their local campus or other approved proctor if out of the area.
  • How do I get started in my online course?

    Log into Schoology and click on your course. You will be able to access your online course syllabus 24 hours prior to the official start of the course.

  • Is there an orientation or tutorial for Schoology?

    Yes. Online Schoology Tutorials and Support are available by going to

  • What about privacy?

    The Schoology  provides a secure password protected learning environment. Only your instructor, course administrators and students enrolled in the course have access to course content. Students have access to their grades only; they cannot see the grades of other students. You should not provide your login information to anyone else.

  • Who do I contact with questions pertaining to a course?

    If you have any questions about a course, please contact your instructor. Your course syllabus will have your instructor's contact information.

  • What kind of technology is needed to take an online course?

    Please see the Hardware/Software Requirements page for details on technology requirements.

  • When do my online classes begin and end?

    All MCC online courses begin on the first official day of class for the MCC semester and session. MCC’s online courses are not self-paced. Each instructor has a schedule with assignment due dates (syllabus) that must be adhered to. Students will be able to begin coursework as of 8 am the first day of the course. Please check the MCC course schedule for the exact course start date. Online students are expected to log into Schoology on the first day of class and at least 2 days per week. Your failure to log into the course and complete the syllabus quiz within the first 48 hours of the course start may result in receiving a WR (administrative withdraw grade) for the course and being locked out of the course. All course related dates can be found in the syllabus.

  • Is an online course right for me?

    Online courses are designed as alternatives to traditional classroom instruction and offer maximum scheduling flexibility. Online courses allow the instructor and you to be anywhere, and for participation to occur anytime. You can interact with your instructor and other students outside of the confines of a classroom. Online students should participate fully in the online course. Discussions between fellow classmates and the instructor are an important learning tool in online courses. Online courses require students to be self-motivated and organized.