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Virtual and ITV (Interactive Television) Courses

MACC offers two modes of synchronous (real-time) learning, Virtual and ITV.

ITV courses meet in a traditional classroom. Classes are held with one or more MACC campuses through a video conferencing connection. The instructor is either onsite or you view them over live television. Both you and the instructor are able to see and hear each other in real time. The two-way audio and video conferencing connection enables students to fully participate in the class, asking and responding to questions from the instructor or students at other sites. Telephones in each classroom provide instant access to the instructor for private communications. eCollege Pearson Learning Studio is used as a means to turn in work or access handouts.

Virtual courses allow students to attend class from the comfort of their own homes via Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate is an online instructional delivery system allowing real-time interaction between the instructor and the student from a remote location. Its features include two-way audio with microphone and speakers, text messaging, shared whiteboard, a note-taking feature, and file sharing. Students will access their virtual room through eCollege Pearson Learning Studio and may be required to retrieve or submit assignments online.

Students must have access to a computer with Internet as well as a USB headphone set with microphone. The USB headset is available at MACC bookstores.


Click here for a Guide to using Blackboard Collaborate


Questions about Virtual courses? Call 660-263-4110 x11303 or email us at .