Midland College • Academics • Distance Learning at Midland College

New to Distance Learning? | Out-of-State Students | How to Apply | Online Course Attendance
NetTutor/Online Tutoring | Proctoring Information | Student Complaint Procedure | Privacy Procedure

distancelearning footerDistance learning at Midland College is planned learning that normally occurs in a different place from teaching and, as a result, requires special techniques of course design, special instructional techniques, special methods of communication by electronics and other technology, as well as special organizational and administrative arrangements.

For additional information, please contact the Department of Distance Learning at (432) 685-5576.

Through its Distance Learning Program, Midland College offers the following non-traditional learning environments:

Online Learning / Canvas

Online Courses (Web Based) are developed  by individual instructors and provide complete course delivery through use of the Internet. Midland College utilizes the Canvas Learning Management System for online course delivery. Students will need to meet certain Hardware and Software System Requirements in order to use Canvas. 

Finding an Online Course

Use the Course Schedule tool to find online courses. Use the left selection box to locate the semester and the right selection box to locate subject area. Once the search is complete, you can identify the online courses by the designations "online" for meeting date.

Interactive Videoconferencing

MCNet is an interactive videoconferencing classroom experience in which students from off-site locations become a part of the classroom setting based at either the main campus or one of the off-campus sites.

VCT

VCT (The Virtual College of Texas) is a collaborative between other Texas colleges. Students have the opportunity to register at Midland College to take credit classes from other colleges whenever a Midland College online class is full or not offered during the semester needed. Midland College does not "host" science classes with labs or courses that don't align with approved curriculum. Please contact the Midland College VCT coordinator at 432-685-5538 for more information.


New to Distance Learning?

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The online learning environment is different than a typical, traditional classroom environment.  As an online student you will need be self-motivated, organized, and have good time management skills.  The SmarterMeasure learning readiness indicator can help determine if you are ready to take an online or technology rich course.

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Out-of-State Students

Midland College complies with state regulations for conducting activities in states other than Texas. Midland College is a NC-SARA member which allows the College to offer limited activities in other NC-SARA member states.. Currently MC may not enroll students in online courses from non-NC-SARA member states. Please note that MC is not authorized to accept online student enrollment from the following states:

   Florida
   Massachusetts

Midland College is not authorized to conduct internships leading to professional licensure in other states without direct coordination with the licensure board in that state.

Student Grievance

Out of state students will follow Midland College complaint procedures to resolve issues. In the event resolution is not obtained, students may file a grievance with the designated agency in their home state.

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How Do I Register For An Online Course?

Applying to Midland College

To enroll in a distance learning course, you must first apply to Midland College -- even if you are already attending another college or university.

 • Apply Now

Finding an Online Course

Use the Course Schedule tool to find online courses. Use the left selection box to locate the semester and the right selection box to locate subject area. Once the search is complete, you can identify the online courses by the designations "online" for meeting date.

Registering for a Course

After you receive your Midland College Student ID information, you can register for your courses online by using Campus Connect.

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Attendance in An Online Course

Students enrolled in online courses MUST log in and actively participate by completing academic assignments required by the instructor by the official census date. Students who log in but do not actively participate in an academically-related activity will be reported as Never Attended and dropped from the course.

 

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NetTutor / Online Tutoring

nettutorWhat is NetTutor?

NetTutor is an online tutoring service provided by Midland College. This service is provided so that distance learning students have access to tutoring services to support academic success. The service is available to all Midland College distance learning and dual credit students.

NetTutor is a comprehensive online tutoring service for all levels of college courses.

Academic disciplines supported:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English, Reading, Writing
  • World Languages
  • General Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business
  • Nursing and Allied Health
  • Information Technology and Computer Science

How do I access NetTutor?

NetTutor is accessed through Canvas, the College's Learning Management System. Log in to your Canvas course. The NetTutor link will be located in the course navigation menu (left side of the screen). Click on the NetTutor link to access your personal NetTutor account.

What types of tutoring services are available through NetTutor?

NetTutor offers the following Services:

  • • Ask NetTutor – Live – 1-to-1 Help
  • • NetTutor Q&A Center – Drop off a question and get a response from a tutor, usually within 24 hours
  • • NetTutor Paper Center – Upload your paper and get feedback from a tutor
  • • My NetTutor Tutorial Archive – Archive of your live NetTutor tutorial sessions

How do I communicate with the tutor?

The “live” sessions utilize an interactive whiteboard. You will type your question and use the appropriate whiteboard tools to communicate back/forth with your tutor. To be prepared for your tutoring session, please read the Preparing for Tutoring Sessions information.

Use the links below to access additional NetTutor information:

 Hours of Service

 • NetTutor Student Guide

 • NetTutor Preparing for Tutoring Sessions

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Proctoring Information

Instructors may require proctored exams for an online course. Please check the course syllabus or contact the instructor directly to learn about the proctoring requirements and options for the course. You will be responsible for any fee associated with the proctoring requirement. Proctoring options may include:

  • On-campus exam – instructor proctored, no fee.
  • Midland College Testing Center—no fee for MC students.
    Midland College Proctored Exam Reservation Form
  • Approved Testing Center—Instructor must approve prior to test administration. Student is responsible for any fee associated with this proctoring option.
  • Individual Proctor—Instructor must approve prior to test administration. Student is responsible for any fee associated with this proctoring option.
  • ProctorU – Online proctoring which requires the use of a webcam and reliable, high-speed Internet connection. Student is responsible for the fee associated with this proctoring option. Fee schedule based on length of test:
         o 0 -30 minutes: $8.75
         o 31-60 minutes: $17.50
         o 61-120 minutes: $25.00
         o 121-180 minutes: $33.75
         o 181 minutes and up: $42.50
  • Respondus Monitor—Online proctoring option which may be used in conjunction with Respondus Lockdown Browser. Respondus Monitor requires the use of a webcam and reliable, high-speed Internet connection. Student is responsible for the fee associated with this proctoring option.
         o Fee = $10.00 per course

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Privacy Procedure for Distance Learning

Midland College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and protects the privacy of students’ educational records regardless of delivery mode. The Registrar’s Office enforces FERPA and is the main point of contact for all FERPA related issues. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for ensuring that faculty and staff receive training in their responsibilities of unauthorized release of confidential records or information. Because an online environment creates a record of student activity, it is subject to FERPA privacy rights, unlike verbal exchanges in a physical classroom.

Identity Verification in Distance Learning Courses

The identity verification process for online courses protects student’s privacy through the use of a secure portal, a secure login and password. Online courses are hosted on Midland Colleges secure learning management system, Canvas. Faculty post assignments and exams within the learning management system to ensure the privacy of student information.

Faculty Responsibility

Student’s records are kept private by faculty, except in cases where academic staff or administration access the course, with legitimate educational interest under FERPA guidelines.

Student Responsibility

It is the student’s responsibility to keep his/her login and password confidential. Password reset is completed through a security question protocol.

Only work submitted to open forums, like discussion boards, can be accessed by other students; other assignments, grades and correspondence are not viewable by other students.

Password Security

Both students and faculty are responsible for maintaining the security of their secure-portal passwords.

Exams

Fully online courses may require students to come to campus for proctored exams or may allow proctoring through online proctoring services in order to verify student identity and maintain academic integrity.

Communication

Midland College students are encouraged to use their assigned e-mail address to communicate with online instructors or contact the instructor through the communication feature of the learning management system. This is to ensure that electronic communications with the instructor are secure.

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 For additional information, please contact:
The Department of Distance Learning
(432) 685-5576