Student FAQs

Are Distance Learning courses self-paced?

No. Distance Learning 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 Learning 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 Learning 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; these courses require a higher level of self-motivation and self-discipline. Visit the Learning Style Survey and Technical Skills Checklist to help you decide if DL classes are right for you.

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

The various types of Distance Learning 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 Learning 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.

Where can I comment on my learning 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:
dl@austincc.edu
(512) 223.8026
(888) 223.8026 [toll-free]

DL Advising/Counseling:
townsend@austincc.edu
(512) 223.8187

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