Distance Learning takes place any time a student is learning outside of the immediate proximity of the instructor. At MSTC distance learning includes online, hybrid, TelePresence, computer conferencing, computer-based training (CBT), and independent study courses.
Blackboard is used by most distance education courses. Many face to face courses at MSTC also use Blackboard to provide a single place for the students to go for content, resources, turning in assignments, and more.
TelePresence is a real-time interactive experience joining a single class together from multiple campuses. High definition video and high quality presentation viewing make the connection between multiple classrooms almost seamless. As a student in a TelePresence course, you may show up in your classroom and the session will begin approximately 4 minutes prior to the course start time.
Computer Conferencing, used by MSTC to conduct computer lab computer conferencing courses across campuses, connects users on individual computers to an instructor in a separate classroom. Fuze is a high definition video conferencing and collaboration tool on individual computers. Your instructor will provide you with information about using Fuze at the beginning of your course. You will need a computer headset with a microphone for Fuze courses.