Instead of attending lectures on campus, students enrolled in online courses attend their classes online using Canvas, the learning management system. Students can sign into Canvas beginning on the first day of class.
Although your course materials and assignments are available online, the college requires that at least two tests be proctored during the semester. A proctored exam is one that is taken at an official testing center. Panola College has testing centers in Carthage, Marshall, and Center. Tests may be proctored at other locations with prior approval.
If you have never taken an online course, we highly recommend that you complete the SmarterMeasure assessment. Some instructors offer face-to-face orientations at the beginning of the semester, and the eLearning department provides Canvas training orientations during the first week of each semester. All students are also invited to join the Student Resources Canvas course, which provides detailed guides and tutorial videos about Canvas.
A hybrid, or blended, course is a course that is taught partially online and partially in a face-to-face classroom setting. Hybrid courses also use Canvas to deliver online course content, but some materials and assignment may not be available online. There are two types of hybrid courses at Panola College: online hybrid and face-to-face hybrid. An online hybrid course is 50% or more online; a face-to-face hybrid is less than 50% online.
The advantage of taking hybrid courses is that the student gets the best of both face-to-face and online learning environments. Students with little or no experience with online learning might consider trying a hybrid course before enrolling in a 100% online course.