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General Information

Taking distance education classes is a great option for people who don’t have time to attend face to face classes, work irregular hours, or have other time commitments.  Alvin Community College has  different ways that you can take distance education courses:

Internet (IN)
An Internet (IN) class is conducted almost if not entirely online. Some instructors may require that students come to campus for orientations, field trips, or to take tests in an approved testing location. Students must have access to the Internet, as all classes are conducted through MyBlackboard.

Hybrid (HY)
Hybrid courses combine online learning and face-to-face instruction in a manner that reduces the number of face-to-face classroom meetings. Students attend a portion of the class in the traditional classroom at regularly scheduled times and complete the remaining portion of the class online using MyBlackboard.

Registering for Distance Education courses?
You register just like any other class. It is best to register during the Early and Regular registration periods to ensure that the classes do not fill up. Additional fees for. Hybrid (HY) and Internet (IN) classes will be charged at the rate listed under Tuition and Fees. Be sure to check the Getting Started Online Options on this page.

Recommendations for Distance Education Students
Before enrolling in an Internet or hybrid course, students are encouraged to take our online readiness survey.  This survey will assess your skills in various areas important for online success and give you an idea of your strengths and weaknesses in these areas.

Access the survey using this link: Are On line Classes for Me

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NEW! Course Requirement
What is the Online Readiness Course (ORNT 0100)?
The focus of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for ACC is to increase student success in the area of online learning. In order to increase student success in the online learning environment all students taking an online class will be required to take the Online Readiness Course (ORNT 0100). Click here for details.

Technical Requirements
Students who enroll in Internet or hybrid courses do not have to own a computer, but they must have access to a computer with access to the Internet. Some course may have specific hardware or software requirements. Be sure to consult your course syllabus for additional requirements.
NOTE: Students with older, slower computers may have difficulty accessing course materials. Slower Internet speeds can cause file downloads/uploads to take extended periods of time making it difficult to interact with course materials.

All Internet and hybrid courses are conducted online using the MyBlackboard system. You may log in to MyBlackboard from the following site by using the MyBlackboard link located on the top of the ACC homepage. 

What Courses Are Offered Online?
Check out Online Degrees and Certificates to see lists of courses that are offered each semester.
You may also want to look at a specific syllabus for any Internet class that you are considering from this link: 


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Contact Information
Distance Education Department
Building A, Room 176
Phone: 281.756.3728

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