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The Distance Education program at College of Marin supports online learning and instruction. From fully online courses to web-enhanced courses, the Distance Education program reaches beyond the traditional face-to-face college course to fulfill the educational and career goals of our students by providing innovative learning experiences through technology.

Online Learning at COM

Online learning at College of Marin provides an excellent alternative for students who are unable to attend classes during regular hours, desire flexibility in their course of study, or who would like to take additional units in a time-efficient manner. 

College of Marin provides online and hybrid courses each semester across diverse areas of study, including Arts and Humanities; Math, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Health Education; and Kinesiology; Business; and Career and Technical Education. All courses maintain the high academic standards of the college and most are transferable. Contact the Counseling Department for details about transfer courses.

Online courses are offered in two formats:

Online: A course in which 100% of instruction takes place entirely online with no mandatory face-to-face meetings, synchronous visits, and/or campus visits. Instructional time follows the Carnegie unit, which means that faculty must plan an approximate one-to-two ratio of instructional time to homework and study.

Hybrid: A course that provides instruction both online and face-to-face with at least one mandatory on-campus meeting. Mandatory meetings are regularly scheduled and the dates are posted in the schedule of classes. Instructional time follows the Carnegie unit, which means that faculty must plan an approximate one-to-two ratio of instructional time to homework and study.

Some students think taking an online course will somehow be easier than a face-to-face class, only to discover that the workload is different but by no means less time consuming or rigorous. For success in your online courses, be sure you have both the time and the technology to undertake them. Make use of COM's Student Support Services and be sure to read the Getting Started tips to prepare for your online learning experience.

Web-Enhanced Courses

A web-enhanced course is a traditional (or face-to-face course) that meets in the classroom with an instructor on the regular scheduled day, time and location. Seat time is not replaced but components of your course will be accessible to you 24/7 using the district course management system. The Distance Education program provides technical and instructional support to faculty and students participating in web-enhanced courses. Visit our Support Services and FAQs for more information.