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Course Formats: Distance Learning & On Campus

Courses are taught in distance learning and on-campus formats.


Most Spring Semester 2021 courses fall into two distance learning formats. For both of these types of courses, students will not come to campus:

  • SUNY Online classes are offered through MCC’s online Blackboard learning management system. Students choose when to sign in and participate in course activities but are expected to meet faculty attendance and participation requirements. In an online course, participation and attendance is defined as logging into the learning management system as required by the instructor.
  • Remote (RMT) classes use Blackboard, Zoom, or other technologies. Students will sign in and participate virtually in lectures and group work during the specific times listed for the class. Students will also be expected to participate in other instructional classroom activities, which may include watching or reading online lectures, engaging in Blackboard discussion forums, and/or participating in online group activities. These additional activities will be completed on the student’s own time and not during the Remote class meeting times.


​​Some MCC courses will have all or part of the course on campus. For these types of courses, students will be expected to come to campus:

  • Traditional classes have all instruction delivered on campus. Students are expected to come to campus for each scheduled meeting time. There are very few traditional courses being offered this fall.
  • Hybrid classes have only a portion of the learning on campus. The rest are delivered remotely or online. Most hybrid courses combine a lecture (being delivered remotely or online) and a laboratory (delivered in-person).
You'll find on-campus courses at the Brighton Campus, Downtown Campus, Applied Technologies Center, and Public Safety Training Facility.