Student Guide to DL

Distance Learning students follow all ACC application and registration steps. Consult the Catalog for academic policies, course descriptions, and degree/certificate plans.

How to Begin a DL Class

DL classes are listed in the Course Schedule with instructor contact information, syllabus, textbooks, and course orientation instructions. You must complete an orientation for each DL class. If you don't, you may be dropped.

Orientation instructions example:

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy
54321 - Internet access required. J. Doe, 512.223.1234, email: MANDATORY online orientation at during 1st week of class

If you can't complete the orientation as scheduled, contact your instructor immediately. If you have trouble reaching your instructor, contact the Instructional Department.

Distance Learning 101
Is Distance Learning Right for You?
Learning Style Survey

Get an idea of your aptitude for distance education.

Technical Skills Checklist

Find out if your technical skills and experience meet the needs of distance education courses at ACC.

ACC offers advising and counseling to address the unique needs of online students. The DL Counselor can help you decide on reasonable academic loads, select courses, and answer other Student Services questions about online education.
Email the DL Counselor or call (512) 223.8187.

Additional help for Distance Learning students is also available, including Live Chat, video tips, information about online student skills workshops, and other resources.

Succeeding in a DL Class

The following suggestions will help you get the most out of your class:

  • Check out DL Path to Success—our new module highlighting ACC's student support services.
  • If you're a new student, get your Student ID Card. You'll need it for Testing Centers, Libraries, and Computer Labs.
  • Order textbooks from the ACC Bookstore for home delivery.
  • Read the syllabus for details about course assignments and testing requirements.
  • If you live outside of Austin, review Distance Testing procedures.
  • If you're taking an ITV class, refer to viewing options.
  • Check your ACCmail regularly for college announcements.
  • Complete an evaluation at the end of the semester. Your participation is vital for the continued improvement of DL courses.

Academic Resources


Many library resources and services can be accessed online, as well as on campus.

Testing Centers

Most DL courses, including online (ONL) classes, require you to take proctored exams.


You can get individual or group tutoring in a variety of subject areas. Online tutoring is also available.

Instructional Development : Distance Learning