Michigan Community Colleges Offer 4,500 Online Courses

The downtown Detroit campus of the Wayne County Community College District. // Photo courtesy of WCCCD

As concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic continue to loom, Michigan’s 28 community colleges are encouraging students to take advantage of the more than 4,500 group classes they offer online.

“Michigan Community Colleges are ready to provide students with high quality accredited online course options that will count like any course on campus,” said Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association. “Our colleges have focused on enhancing online learning opportunities for years and are proud to have such a large online course catalog available in these uncertain times.”

If a college does not have the online course a student needs, he or she can access them through the MCCA’s Michigan Colleges Online, which provides community college students with access to online courses regardless of college. in which they are registered. . The collaboration allows students from anywhere in Michigan to take one of more than 1,200 online courses included in the system.

Online education through Michigan Community Colleges includes a variety of best practices, including student referrals and the same student support services that would be received by any student on campus.

Thanks to MCO, students can interact with their teachers and teachers are specifically trained on how to teach online. Students taking online classes can also schedule time with an advisor, access free tutoring, and purchase books from the college library.

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Four-year universities in the region will also offer online classes in addition to in-person classes when their semesters begin in the next two months.

  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will be offering in-person and distance education when its fall 2020 semester begins on August 31.
  • Michigan State University The fall semester begins September 2 at East Lansing with on-campus classes, which will also include online components. All in-person instructions will end on November 25. Any instruction, study session or final exam after this date will take place.
  • that of Detroit Wayne State University officials say about 46% of its classes will be taught online when the fall semester begins on August 30.
  • All three University of Detroit Mercy Campuses will be fully in session for the 2020-21 academic year, which begins August 24. It will use a blended learning model that integrates both face-to-face and virtual learning. All classes will travel fully online after the Thanksgiving break until the end of the December 12 semester.
  • Lawrence Technological University in Southfield will host classes on campus starting August 24. School officials say online and more hybrid classes will also be offered, and in-person classes will be 100% online after the Thanksgiving break.

In Related News: The University of Michigan and Dropbox Inc. of San Francisco are teaming up to deploy Dropbox Education campus-wide.

Dropbox Education will allow teachers to distribute homework, share updated documents, track deadlines, and highlight upcoming projects. Students can use Dropbox Paper to collaborate in real time and move group projects forward by assigning tasks, setting due dates, and @mentioning their classmates. Workgroups can upload, download, view and work on content whether in the classroom, in residences or at home. Staff and administrators can use the Dropbox admin console and secure data with enterprise-grade security features like multi-layered protection and encryption.

Dropbox Education is said to “integrate seamlessly” with tools that Unified Messaging already uses, like Zoom and Canvas, to facilitate collaboration.

“COVID-19 has created extraordinary learning challenges for college students across the country,” says Olivia Nottebohm, COO at Dropbox. “We are honored to be a resource for students and faculty to keep their work organized and in one place. “