ACC Online – Frequently Asked Questions

View answers to common questions about ACC Online classes.

Applying and Enrolling with ACC Online

How do I enroll in an ACC Distance Education course?

The enrollment and registration process is the same for online and on-campus courses. If you are not an ACC student, visit the ACC admissions page. There’s no fee to apply, and we accept applications year-round. This will get you ready to register for courses.

If you are already an ACC student, visit the ACC registration page for detailed instructions on how to register for courses.

What kind of distance education courses does ACC offer?

ACC offers these types of distance education classes:

Online – ONL
Instruction and testing are fully online without required class times.

Synchronous Virtual Class Meetings Required – DLS
Instruction is fully online with required online meetings during the specified days and times listed.

Hybrid Distance – HYD
Instruction is mostly online with some on-campus meetings. You must have your ACC ID card when on campus.

Hybrid Classroom – HYC
Instruction is mostly on-campus with remaining instruction online. You must have your ACC ID card when on campus.

Hyflex – FLX Classroom – HYC
Instruction is on-campus, but students have the flexibility to attend virtually on any given class day.

When are online courses offered?

ACC offers online classes year-round, the same as on-campus courses. Refer to Registration and Important Dates for session dates.

How do I know if distance education is right for me?

Two online quizzes can help you self-assess your readiness for online learning. Take the “Am I ready for online?” survey and review the “Technical Skills Checklist” to find out if you’re ready for learning online.

What to Expect from Your ACC Online Class

Are ACC Online classes self-paced?

Online courses start and end in the same academic term as on-campus courses. Instructors set due dates for various assignments, tests, projects, homework, etc. You must complete all work by the end of the session in which you are registered.

Are online courses easier than in-person courses?

ACC Online courses are every bit as academically challenging as on-campus courses. You will cover the same course topics and objectives as an in-person class. Be prepared to spend time reading and completing coursework.

Successful online students stay motivated with good study habits. You should expect to spend at least 2 to 3 hours each week for every credit hour of class time on assignments and test prep. For example, if you are taking a 3-credit course, you should set aside a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week.

Many students find that online courses take just as much time, if not more, than on-campus classes and require a self-motivated study schedule.

For tips on how to plan your online class schedule and succeed in your online program, check out our guide to virtual learning and ACC Online.

What technical computer skills do I need to have?

Online students will need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to review course materials, turn in assignments, and communicate with the instructor and classmates. Check your course syllabus for any additional software or equipment requirements, such as a webcam, headset, or microphone. Students should have a basic knowledge of computer and internet skills to succeed in an online course.

To find out if your technical skills and experience meet the needs of Distance Education courses at ACC, take the “Technical Skills Checklist” survey.

Will I have to buy textbooks for my online course?

Refer to your syllabus for detailed information about textbooks and other course materials you may be required to purchase. You can purchase materials from the ACC Bookstore website by clicking the “Textbooks” link to the right of the course name in the Course Schedule. Learn more about textbooks and supplies.

Can I still go to campus to use the library, learning labs, and other ACC student serivces?

Of course! Distance education students have access to all the campus-based support resources available at ACC, including the Libraries, Learning Labs, Instructional Testing Centers, Computer Labs, Student Life, Student Services and Advising.

There are also services available specifically for online learners.

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