Distance Learning, also known as Online Learning, is education delivered through a computer or device, using the internet, and a Learning Management System (LMS). Course materials, announcements, assignments, exams/quizzes, grades, lectures and much more can be found by accessing Panola College’s LMS (Canvas).
Online Learning allows students flexibility when it comes to education. Whether the student is working full-time, works better at night or in the morning, or wants to complete an assignment during lunch - online courses allow students to make their own learning schedule. Some courses allow students to move at their own pace for the entirety of the course while others go by sections or week to week. Each online course is different so be sure to check due dates frequently to see how the professor has set up their course.
Before you begin your classes, you will need to know how to access your Panola College Student ID number and student email address. These are used to access your online courses and also for other services provided by Panola College.
Campus Connect is your student portal that allows you to check your class schedule, university holds, add/drop courses, and much more. You can also find your student ID number and student email address through Campus Connect. Access your Campus Connect account by going here and use your Social Security Number for your ID Number and the last four digits of your SSN for the Pin.
Your Panola College email account will be your primary method of communication. Important information will be sent to this email address along with communication from Panola College offices. Your email password will be 000student ID,(example 000123456). You will be required to reset your password on your first access to the system to protect your privacy. If you do not know your student email address please log into Campus Connect to find it. If you need assistance with your student email address, please contact email@example.com. Include your name and student ID number in the email.
Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) that Panola Colleges uses for your courses. Most courses will use Canvas for course information, assignments, announcements, and exams/quizzes. Access Canvas by going here. Your username will be your Panola College student email address and your password will be pcStudentIDNumber (example pc123456).
Distance Learning Resources
Canvas Student Training
Students can self-enroll in the Canvas Overview for Students course to learn more about Canvas.
Canvas Student Guide
For how-to documentation and videos, check out the online Canvas Guides (also available by clicking Help in the Canvas utility menu.
Canvas Mobile App
The Canvas Mobile App can be used for checking grades, inbox messages, etc. Panola College does not recommend using the App for assignments. Check out the information and guides for using the Canvas Mobile App.
M.P. Baker Library
All of the resources of the M.P. Baker Library are available to all Panola College students. Check out the M.P. Baker Library for access to research databases, catalogs, etc.
Panola College Academic Testing Centers
Panola College has three locations for testing. Check with the Academic Testing Center for hours.
Students with Disabilities
Panola College provides a host of services for students with disabilities, including 504/ADA services, tutorials, and study skills. Contact Disability Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance Learning Support
Distance Learning offers support during college work hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Send an email to email@example.com. Include your student email address and student ID number. If you are unable to send an email please call 903-693-2004 during office hours.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your student email address, student ID number, and a detailed description of your issue. If you are unable to send an email please call 903-693-2004. Canvas has a "Report a Problem" feature to report issues within courses. The feature is tied to your Panola College student email address so responses will be sent there. This feature is monitored during business hours.
At the beginning of a semester, your face-to-face course may not appear on Canvas until after your first scheduled class meeting time. For online courses, it may not appear on Canvas until after 12:00 pm on the first day. It may take 24 hours after registering for a course for it to appear in Canvas.
Proctorio provides live support during exams. Please click on the blue chat bubble if you are experiencing issues during exams. You may also send an email to email@example.com. Include your student email address, student ID number, and a detailed description of your issue. If you are unable to send an email please call 903-693-2004. More information about Proctorio.
If you are needing assistance with other technical issues send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your student email address, student ID number, and a detailed description of your issue.
If you experience an accessibility issue within Canvas or another course tool please notify your instructor, Disability Support Services staff (email@example.com), and Digital Learning staff (firstname.lastname@example.org). The departments along with your instructor will work together to resolve the issue.
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) was established to help expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance learning programs. NC-SARA recognizes that, as more students take advantage of interstate distance education programs in higher education, quality assurance and oversight must remain a central area of focus.
For more information visit NC-SARA.
If a student has a complaint about Panola College, the student must first go through the institutional policy (located in the student handbook, The Pathfinder).
If a student is not satisfied with the outcome, that student may file a complaint with the Texas SARA Portal entity (THECB Student Complaints).
Before enrolling in an online/distance education program intended to satisfy a particular state’s educational requirements for the practice of a particular occupation, students should be assured by the institution that the program actually does meet the requirements of the state in which he or she intends to practice. SARA institutions are required to provide related disclosures; institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs must meet similar federal requirements.
For more information visit NC-SARA Licensure.
The mission of the Distance Learning program at Panola College is to expand the mission of the College by providing students with more flexible learning opportunities. The Distance Learning program provides educational opportunities to pursue courses, certificates, and degrees online.