Student FAQs

Are Distance Education courses self-paced?

No. Distance Education classes are offered during ACC's fall, spring, and summer semesters, the same as on-campus courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for session dates.

Distance Education courses have deadlines for turning in assignments and doing tests. All work must be completed by the end of the session in which you are registered. You may be allowed to turn in work early and finish before the end of the session, but final grades will not be posted until the end of the semester.

Are Distance Education classes easier?

No. You will cover the same course topics and objectives as in the equivalent course on campus. Be prepared to spend more time reading and completing coursework.

Distance Education is not for everyone; these courses require a higher level of self-motivation and self-discipline. Visit the Am I Ready for Distance Education? self-assessment and Technical Skills Checklist to help you decide if Distance Education classes are right for you.

Will I have to come to campus for a Distance Education course?

The various types of Distance Education courses have different campus requirements. Always review the section note and syllabus in the Schedule to verify specific requirements for each individual class.

  • Many ONL classes require at least one proctored exam, available on campus in the Testing Centers. If you are outside the Austin area, refer to Distance Testing procedures.
  • DLC classes require on-campus testing. Distance Testing is not allowed.
  • HYD courses have at least one mandatory on-campus component.
How do I begin my Distance Education class?

Complete your Distance Education Course Orientation following the instructions given in the Course Schedule.

When will my class show up in Blackboard?

Your course should be available in Blackboard by the Friday before the class begins. If you register after the session begins, it may take up to 24 hours to see your course in Blackboard.

Where can I comment on my learning experience?

Faculty evaluations are available at the end of every semester. Distance Education also conducts occasional student surveys.

If you have problems or complaints about a course during the semester, contact the Instructional Department.

Contact Us:

Distance Education Helpline:
(512) 223.8026
(888) 223.8026 [toll-free]

Distance Education Advising/Counseling:
(512) 223.6081

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