Posted: June 12, 2015
Citing a 21st century approach to teaching students skills they need for today's careers, the Center for Digital Education recently ranked Manchester Community College one of the most effective schools of its size in the country in effectively incorporating technology into the classroom. Online courses, cloud-based information sharing, online resume building services and smart phone apps are just some of the technology tools being used by MCC.
The non-profit group ranked MCC 9th on the nation's list of best "Digital Community Colleges" of its size.
"Technology is being used on campuses and in lecture halls to lower costs and improve student outcomes," said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. "This year's survey indicates that community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students."
According to CDE, leading schools such as Manchester Community College are using technology in ways that make the process less expensive for students as well as more user-friendly For example, in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology classes, students work with automated manufacturing robotics and 3-D printing technology. Computer Science classes use sophisticated cyber security tools and "Myo" devices that read muscle movement to allow the user to control functions of a computer. Online math classes use short lecture videos and support the use of iPads.
"We are honored to receive this recognition, as it reflects our philosophy of trying to serve the variety of needs of our student population," explains Dr. Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College. "We recently lowered our college tuition, and we recognize the need to make the education process as streamlined as we can because many of our students already have full-time jobs or other obligations that require them to divide their time. Technology is often the best way to ensure our product is delivered both effectively and efficiently."