Instructional Methods

Distance Learning refers to courses that are offered outside of a traditional classroom using a variety of technologies for delivery.  Navarro College provides several types of distance learning classes to help fit the needs of our students.


Online (Internet) Courses

Online courses allows students to take courses from virtually anywhere and anytime of the day or night.  Students taking online courses must have reliable access to a computer and an internet connection.  These courses are NOT truly self-paced as they are scheduled to run concurrent with on-campus courses during the standard fall, spring, and summer, and mini semesters.  Students will gain access to their classes through our learning management system known as Canvas.


Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are defined as courses in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.  In hybrid classes, a significant amount of the course learning activity is moved online, which allows for a reduction of time spent in the classroom.  Hybrid courses give students the experience of taking a class online, while at the same time having face-to-face time with their professor and classmates.


Virtual College of Texas (VCT)

The Virtual College of Texas (VCT) is a consortium of Texas community colleges that offer courses to students who are unable to find a specific course at their area college.  If you are attending Navarro College and the course(s) that you need for your degree is/are not offered by Navarro College, you may reserve space in a class at another VCT college.  Credit for the class will be transcripted through Navarro College.


If you are interested in searching/registering for an online course through VCT, please go to and click on schedule to search for the desired course.  Contact the Navarro College Office of Online Instruction at 903.875.7422 for further assistance.


IMPORTANT NOTE: All VCT course syllabi and faculty qualifications must be approved by the appropriate Department Chair and Executive Dean prior to registration.  Please be advised the approval process can take some time, so your patience is appreciated.  If the course and/or professor has not been approved, you will not be able to register for the class.


Interactive Television (ITV)

Interactive Television (ITV) is a program in which a professor teaches a class at one location while students in another location receive live, two-way audio and visual instruction.  The professor and students at the remote location can interact in real time, and each location can hear and see each other.