About Online Learning at Central Maine Community College
Online learning at CMCC offers you clear learning outcomes that respond to the employment needs of the community while enabling you to achieve educational and employment aspirations, from the comfort of your home or office.
Recognizing that most institutions of higher learning must make use of the growing range of systems for the delivery of instruction, including various electronic means, Central Maine Community College (the “College”) believes that the expansion of distance education is necessary for the College to further the goals of the Maine Community College System’s “Rural Initiative” and to provide an effective means of fulfilling the College’s mission of providing accessible, high-quality educational experiences.
The main mission of distance education at the College is to offer courses without faculty, time or location constraints. Additional components of the mission include providing flexible learning opportunities for students with a variety of unique needs and maximizing the use of available technology for cost-effective instruction. Finally, increasing enrollment by meeting the instructional needs of non-traditional students is yet another College goal addressed by this initiative.
Whether you prefer 100% online learning or hybrid courses (a blend of in-classroom and online), we have the right solution to fit your schedule.
What online courses are offered at CMCC?
Searching for courses is easy! Click here to see our available online courses. Under "Campus" choose "Online".
Can I complete my entire degree online?
CMCC currently offers the Medical Coding and Electronic Health Records degree 100% online. Many programs offering online classes also have on-campus requirements for degree seeking students. To learn more about degree options and online flexibility, contact our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (207) 755-5273 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Is Online Learning for me?
Online learning is great for people from all walks of life who require a flexible schedule to accommodate their busy lifestyle. Online students who are most successful are self-motivated, active in online participation with the instructor and other classmates, organized and disciplined. Students should have basic knowledge of computer usage including the Internet, word processing, e-mail, and downloading and uploading files.
- Do you like to work by yourself?
- Are you an excellent time manager?
- Do you always complete what you start?
- Do you write well?
- Can you devote 10 hours a week of study time to each online class?
- A “yes” answer to all of these questions may indicate you are a suitable candidate for an online course.
What can I expect?
Online courses are similar to classroom courses. A typical class includes a syllabus, assignments and papers, lecture notes, slides and presentations, audio or video lectures, class discussions, tests and quizzes and study guides.
Online courses are defined as courses taught completely online. Students access primary content and instruction from an online environment using a variety of tools including email, chat, discussion boards, web pages and multimedia technologies. Specific technologies employed will vary by course and instructor. Depending on the teaching style of the instructor and the course content, instruction can take place synchronously (all participants in the course log in at the same time) or asynchronously (participants log in and participate as their schedule permits), or some combination of the above.
You will be responsible ensuring you log in regularly to obtain and review materials, participate in discussions, take tests, and submit assignments. As with in-classroom courses, you will be expected to meet due dates and deadlines set by the instructor. You will be able to interact with your instructors and classmates and will have access to your course materials 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Students who do online learning follow the same academic and college guidelines as those who take in-classroom courses.
Hybrid Course Option
Hybrid courses are a great choice for those looking for the flexibility of an online course, with some traditional in-classroom learning. Hybrid courses are defined as courses which are scheduled in the traditional classroom but a percentage of the course content, including exams, quizzes and instruction is delivered on-line. Students must attend class on campus but on fewer occasions than in traditional courses. Similar to Online courses, specific technologies employed in Hybrid courses will vary by course and instructor. Likewise, the percent of in-class and on-line instruction will vary by course and instructor.
What else do I need to know?
To assist in the administration of Online and Hybrid classes, students should:
- Meet with their advisor to review academic policies and procedures.
- Make initial contact with their instructor during the week prior to the beginning of the class or immediately following late registration.
- Assume sole responsibility for usage of the student’s ID and not share it with anyone.
- Acquire the course text within the first few days of class.
- Have access to the necessary technology as specified prior to the beginning of class.
- Submit work by the due dates as specified on the course syllabus.
- Refrain from using any information available in the internet that is inappropriate for general use (i.e. material that is sexually-explicit, violent, etc.).
- Adhere strictly to the College’s policy on “Academic Integrity” found on page 16 of the College’s catalog.
This sounds great! How do I register for an online course?
To learn more about registering for courses, click here.