What is Distance Learning?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) defines distance education (called "Distance Learning" at ACC) as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous.
The following types of Distance Learning classes are offered at ACC:
Online Courses (ONL) — All course activity is online. Testing may be in an on-campus Testing Center if the student is local, or through the Distance Testing program if the student is outside the Austin area. (Online courses eliminate geography as a factor.)
Hybrid Courses (HYD) — Students complete most coursework online (more than 50%) with at least one mandatory on-campus component: a classroom meeting, lab work, on-site orientation, testing in an ACC Testing Center. Students need to be aware of the on-campus requirement when registering.
Students should review the course section note and syllabus (available in the online Schedule) to verify the precise requirements for individual classes.