Welcome to the Fall 2022 Semester

See eStudent Resources for additional student resources.

New LMS

This summer PGCC transitioned from the Blackboard learning mangement system (LMS) to Canvas. This change comes with many benefits to our students as Canvas is the LMS of choice used by UMCP, AACC, Morgan State, Howard CC, PGCPS, and many other academic institutions across the nation. For more information on the transition from Blackboard to Canvas, please see "Understanding the Migration: From B to C"

Owl Mail (student email account)

If you have not activated your Owl Mail student email account, click here. To activate your student email account you will need your seven-digit student identification number.

eLearning Smart Start Orientation

All first-time online, structured remote, and hybrid/online students should complete eLearning Smart Start. You can find this by clicking here.

Zoom in Canvas

Zoom will be used as the virtual classroom in Canvas. You will see a course menu link in your course that says ‘Virtual Classroom.’ Click on ‘Virtual Classroom’ and you will see a Recording Release and a link to Zoom meetings. Click on the Zoom meeting link and you will see all course meetings your instructor has scheduled. At the scheduled meeting time, click the ‘Join’ button to attend the meeting. Any meetings that your instructor has recorded will be available in the Panopto Video course link.

For more information, please see the Student Orientation to Zoom in Canvas.

Additional Student Resources:

For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or previous major releases of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari.

Canvas Student Mobile App

Have you downloaded the Canvas App for Students?

The Canvas app is designed especially for students to view content and participate in courses. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.

Get more information on the Canvas app for students.

Don't See Your Course?

There are two reasons why most students cannot see their courses in Canvas:

  1. Canvas course sites will appear four days prior to the start date of the course for summer, fall, and winter session courses and five days prior to the start date of the course for spring courses. 
  2. It may take up to 24 hours after registration or class schedule changes* to see your course in Canvas. You MUST have a students.pgcc.edu email account for your Canvas account to be created.
  3. If you have confirmed your registration and the start date is within four days and you still do not see your course, please contact eLearning Services.

    *Class schedule changes include new registrations, add/drop courses, drops for nonpayment, NA grade drops, and course withdrawals.

This also applies to accelerated courses that begin later in the semester. Check the start date of your course to determine when the Canvas site will appear.

 

myPGCC Portal

Keep current on PGCC news, events, information, important announcements, and personal information like your grades.  Go to myPGCC and log in with your Owl Link username and password.

Access Canvas from within the myPGCC portal: Students are able to click on the Canvas course link from the myPGCC portal and go directly to the Canvas course, without additional login to Canvas.

eLearning Smart Start Orientation

All first-time online, structured remote, and hybrid/online students should complete eLearning Smart Start. While eLearning Smart Start is not required, it is recommended for all first-time online, structured remote, and hybrid/online students to complete.

Click here to start

Registered For An Accelerated Course?

Please Note: Accelerated courses are full semester courses (15-wk, fall and spring; 10-wk, summer) that are condensed to allow students to complete a course in a shorter timeframe. Due to the condensed nature of accelerated courses, it is imperative that you are ready to begin your course on the start date.

  • Accelerated courses are made available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course for summer and fall courses. There are no accelerated courses for the winter intersession.
  • Accelerated courses are made available to students 5 days prior to the start date of the course for spring courses.
  • You can register for an accelerated course up to the start date of the course.
Student Canvas Accounts

"AUTOMATIC" UPDATES TO STUDENT ENROLLMENTS IN CANVAS COURSES

To test your Canvas login, students can log in to the Canvas learning management system on the day after registration if the date is within 45 days of the start date of the course. Canvas course sites will not be available until four calendar days prior to the start date of the course for summer, fall, and winter intersession courses and five calendar days prior to the start date of the course for spring semester courses. Students must have a students.pgcc.edu email account in order to be added to Canvas.

Registered students will be added to the Canvas course site the day after registering. In addition, students will be removed from their Canvas courses within one day of withdrawing. Students receiving an 'FX' or 'NA' grade in a course will be removed from that Canvas course site within 48 hours of receiving the grade. Please check your course schedule to make sure you are enrolled in the correct courses.

 

When Do Classes Begin?

The fall 2022 semester begins on Monday, August 22. 

The start date of courses vary during the semester. Canvas course sites will be available to students four days prior to the start date of the course.

All Fall Classes

  • Classes beginning on August 22 will become available in Canvas on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
  • Login to Canvas using your PGCC username and password.
Zoom for Canvas

Zoom Virtual Classroom

Zoom will be used as the virtual classroom in Canvas. In the course menu, click the "Virtual Classroom" for Recording Release and a link to Zoom meetings. 

Click on the Zoom meeting link and for any course meetings your instructor has scheduled. Click on the "Join" button at the meeting time to join the meeting. Any meetings that your instructor has recorded will be available in the Panopto Video course link in your course menu.