Am I ready to take an online course?

If you have never taken an online course, we highly recommend that you go through the SmarterMeasure assessment. SmarterMeasure is an online self-assessment tool that can help you understand the skills and personal traits necessary to succeed in distance education courses. Distance education courses are not any easier than traditional courses, are not usually self-paced, and often contain more information than corresponding face-to-face courses. Information about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as your technical skills, may be helpful to you as you consider online courses at Panola College.

About Online Courses at Panola College

Instead of attending lectures on campus, online students attend "virtual" classrooms via the Internet andInstructure Canvas
the Learning  
Management System, Instructure Canvas. Panola College professors are certified in Canvas. Students sign in to Canvas from the Panola College main page, upper right-hand corner, by clicking on Sign On.

At least two tests or exams must be proctored during a semester to ensure the integrity of course grades. A proctored exam is one that is taken at an official testing center. The student signs in using photo identification. Panola College has three official testing centers. They are located in Carthage, Marshall, and Center, Texas. (Student Testing Guidelines)

Many instructors offer a face-to-face Canvas orientation prior to (or on) the first day of class. There are also online orientations available on the college website.

Online course materials vary from class to class and may include readings, podcasts, videos, PowerPoint presentations, interactive lessons, Internet resources, discussions, group projects, chat and more. While students can generally choose a time to work on their online assignments, there are deadlines to meet during the semester.

Students interact with their instructor and classmates via web discussion forums, e-mail, chat sessions, and phone calls. Of course, students may set up an appointment to visit with their professor face-to-face on campus.