Technology and Skills Needed to be a Successful Online Student

Equipment and Software Requirements

All online courses require access to the Internet and a computer and Word Processing Program robust enough to perform assignments. If you are uncertain if your system is sufficient, contact canvas@panola.edu.

You will need:

  • access to a fairly new computer
  • reliable high speed Internet access
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash
  • course-specific software - if required

High-speed internet access is needed. Students must have their own Internet Service Provider unless they access their courses using one of the college's student computer labs or have access to a computer at another location. An open student lab is located in the Gullette Building. Its hours are 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - Noon on Fridays.

Student Technical Skills Requirements

The student should be proficient in the following:

  • using a web browser and search engines
  • sending and receiving email with attachments
  • using Microsoft Word processing program (WORD)
  • downloading software and/or documents

Online classes are not easier. Online classes are not faster. Online classes are not for everyone