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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Monroe Community College makes online more visual

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James Goodman, Staff writer summarizes, "Monroe Community College had one of the earliest online programs, dating back to 1997, but in fewer than half of its current online courses do the students see the professor deliver the lesson."


That should change with the Virtual Campus Center — unveiled by MCC on Wednesday — that includes a studio for faculty to record video presentations for online use.

"Students feel more connected if they can see the professor," said Larry Dugan, director of e-learning and instructional technologies at MCC.

The virtual campus, located in the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center at MCC's Brighton Campus, also includes an audio studio, where faculty can record presentations for their classrooms.

Online presentations will also be improved with the virtual campus' work stations to edit the studio recordings and to train faculty for online presentations.

The virtual campus, funded with a $15,000 appropriation approved by MCC's Faculty Senate, is in a converted suite of offices.

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle