Distance Learning

Distance Education

Distance education is a convenient and flexible way to take courses for college credit. Students can take classes to earn a degree or explore personal interests. We have several types of distance learning classes: online, hybrid, and interactive TV (ITV). Since these are fully credited college classes, you must be admitted to the college to take any of these courses. Registration for these classes follows the same procedures and deadlines as traditional on-campus courses. Students should be comfortable with basic computer programs and concepts such as, but not limited to, email and attachments of files. For more information regarding these exciting learning opportunities for college credit, please consult the Distance Learning website at www.ccm.edu/vclassrooms or call 973-328-5184.

County College of Morris now also offers online degrees in Humanities/Social Science and Business Administration (please note, however, that you may be required to come to campus for course specific orientation and/or testing, depending on your professor’s requirements).

Online Courses

In an online course, all instruction traditionally provided in class is replaced with instruction online. Online courses require students to have access to a computer, the Internet and email. Students do not meet with their instructors at a specific time or on campus, but must participate regularly in the coursework online through special software throughout the regular semester. These courses do not require the learner to be online at any specific day or time; however, they do run on a strict schedule that outlines when course work must be completed and when topics are introduced. Lessons, assignments, projects, quizzes and faculty/student interactions are completed using the Internet. Faculty may require students to come to campus for special course orientations, meeting dates, projects and tests. Photo ID is required.


In a hybrid course, instruction is provided both in-class and online (in any combination). The online portion reduces the amount of in-class time that is traditionally required. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of traditional face-to-face in-class learning with the independence of online learning. Students are required to attend class on-campus during a specific meeting time in addition to completing course work online.

Interactive TV

Interactive TV (ITV) classes are similar to a traditional college class in that weekly attendance on campus is required. They differ in that course content is delivered via a television and video network and to more than one college at the same time. Students can see fellow classmates and the instructor through a video screen and communicate through the use of a microphone.