Distance Learning offers students a flexible, convenient way to earn college credit. Instead of attending classes on campus, students participate in non-traditional courses such as Online and Hybrid courses, Instructional Television, and Print-Based courses.
DL courses are not self-paced; they run on the same semesters as on-campus courses and have deadlines for completing assignments and exams. Activities may include reading textbooks, engaging in online chats, watching videos or streaming media, participating in discussion boards, using interactive course software, collaborating on group projects, and writing papers. Tests for most courses, including online classes, are taken on campus in the Academic Testing Centers, or at other approved distance testing facilities.
Course content and transferability is identical to courses offered on campus. Standard ACC admissions and registration procedures apply. DL courses have limited enrollments, and may fill and close prior to the end of the registration period.
Distance Learning classes give students more scheduling flexibility, but they also require good time management skills and self-motivation for successful completion. They may not suit every student's needs, expectations, or learning style. Visit Distance Learning 101 to get a better indication of your aptitude for distance education so you can decide whether a DL class is right for you.
Distance Learning Delivery Modes
Online Courses (ONL)
ONL students use the Internet and email to complete coursework online. Discussion boards, streaming video, and instructional software may also be incorporated. Students use their own computers or the Computer Labs on campus.
Hybrid Courses (HYD)
Hybrid courses combine traditional classroom instruction with computer-based distance education. The majority of the coursework is online, with some classroom or laboratory meetings also scheduled.
Instructors interested in developing HYD courses should refer to Hybrid Courses at ACC.
Instructional Television (ITV)
ITV students watch pre-recorded video telecourse programs locally on cable, or on campus in the ACC Media Centers. Some programs are also streamed online. Learn more about ITV viewing options.
Print-Based Courses (PRN)
PRN students use printed materials such as textbooks and study guides as their primary mode of instruction. Some classes may also include audio or videotapes, email, or online activities.