Student FAQs

Are DL courses self-paced?

No. DL 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.

DL 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 online 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 Learning is not for everyone. Online courses require a higher level of self-motivation and self-discipline. Visit Distance Learning 101 to help you decide if DL classes are right for you.

Will I have to come to campus for an online course?

Most online classes require at least one proctored exam, available on campus in the Testing Centers. Check your course syllabus for testing requirements.

If you are outside the Austin area, follow the Distance Testing procedures.

Can I earn my degree/certificate online?

Although most Core Curriculum classes are offered through Distance Learning, very few ACC degree/certificate programs can be completed without coming to a campus.

Learn more about the degree and certificate options available at ACC.

How do I begin my DL class?

Complete your DL 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.

Note: Not all DL classes use Blackboard. Complete your DL Course Orientation to find out if your course is taught using Blackboard.

Where can I comment on my DL experience?

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

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

Contact Us:

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

DL Advising/Counseling:
(512) 223.8187

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