How Do I Get Started In Online Classes?
1. Get Enrolled (Admissions, Financial Aid/Payment Plan)
Admission procedures for Distance Learning students are the same as for traditional classroom students. Follow the steps to Get Enrolled by applying for admissions and submitting test score(s) and transcript(s). The Checklist for Success will provide additional, useful information.
2. Distance Learning Orientation – Determine if online classes are right for you.
This online orientation will discuss policies and procedures of online classes as well as prepare you for using Canvas, the website where classes are hosted, and gauge your readiness to be successful in an online class. Short surveys will be administered in each class based on information found in this material.
Hinds students must see a Hinds advisor to register for their first semester of courses. After that term, the student may web register for their classes through MyHinds.
Students who have an address on file that is further than 60 miles from a Hinds location may request advising for online classes at the link below. The link will close 48 hours prior to the end of registration to allow all students to be properly registered in time for the start of classes. Once the link has closed students can visit a campus location to receive advising. The Request for Online Class Advising is for students wishing to register for online classes. Please make sure that you have completed Steps 1 and 2 before completing the request.
In addition, students who have enrolled in online classes can view their Student Profile to see their online course schedule as well as textbook and faculty contact information for all online classes. That information can be found at the Student Profile link below.
4. Ordering Textbooks
Online students may begin ordering their textbooks (information found on Student Profile) online at the Hinds’ Distance Learning Bookstore a few weeks before classes begin (there will be a small fee for shipping and handling). When available, the ordering link below will become active.
Students are NOT encouraged to order from outside sources since many instructors used bundled packages or specific access codes.
5. Accessing Canvas
Students should begin logging into their course shells on the first day of scheduled classes. Attendance will be counted the first week so be sure to complete all work assigned. Links to Canvas can be found at the top of each page on the Hinds website or you can access it directly at https://hindscc.instructure.com.
Enrolling in Classes From another College
Students can request classes from any college in the MSVCC consortium, however there are some requirements that must be met. First, the course must be listed in the Hinds CC current catalog with the same number of credit hours. Second, the instructor must be approved by Hinds faculty credential standards. Third, the course must be approved by a faculty member at Hinds to ensure that it meets the same standards as the class taught at Hinds. This process can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on different issues. To submit a request for an outside course please speak to an advisor.
No outside course requests can be taken the last two weeks of registration in order to properly prepare outside course needs for our students. Hinds sections of any given course are filled before we allow courses from the other colleges to be “pulled in” for registration.
Proctored Testing Policy
All online courses taught by Hinds Community College are required to have at least two proctored exams. A proctored exam is scheduled with a "proctor" in a secure testing environment. The proctor will receive a password that will allow the student to test for their scheduled course. Please see your course schedule for when to schedule these tests. It is highly recommended that you schedule all of your appointments at the start of each semester. For information on how to schedule a proctored exam at Hinds, please click here.
Testing Location Other Than Mississippi Community Colleges
Students who will not be testing at any of the community colleges in the state of Mississippi will need to contact the Distance Learning office to setup a testing site. The student will need to do this at the start of every term; the approval process takes about a week. Please do not wait until a few days before the exam ends to do this. It is the student's responsibility to locate a testing site. Libraries will not be approved.
Once the student has located a testing site, they will need to send the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Name of testing site.
2. Name, email address, phone and fax number of the proctor.
3. The student must also provide their name, ID number, phone number, and course/test information in the email.
Now I'm registered, What do I do?
When you registered, you should have received a Student Guide giving you basic instructions for accessing the site and getting to your classes. If not, this is available on our eLearning website under Distance Learning Orientation. It is very important that you login to your courses and complete the check-in assignment during the first two days of class to prevent being dropped for non-attendance.
It is required that you use your Hinds email address for all communications with Distance Learning instructors and staff.