Help for Distance Education Students

Distance Education (DE) provides a flexible way to take an ACC class or an entire degree or certificate program without attending regularly scheduled classes on campus. This website is designed to assist Distance Learning students obtain helpful information and quickly access resources. ACC offers many services to support your academic success and college experience. We encourage you to bookmark this page and refer to it as needed.



Many education learning classes require that you take tests in an Academic Testing Center located on an ACC campus or one of their satellite locations. Your instructor will inform you if you need to take a test in a Testing Center. Learn more about Testing Centers

If you live outside of the ACC service area, out of state or overseas, you may be eligible to take your tests remotely by making arrangements for Distance Testing. Learn more about Distance Testing

Learning Labs provide one-on-one and group tutoring, as well as tutor-lead study groups in a variety of subject areas. Labs are located at all full-time ACC campuses.

ACC also provide 5 hours of free online tutoring services per semester for distance learning students who cannot come to campus to meet with a tutor in person. The service is called SMARTHINKING and provides academic support and independent study resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to live, one-on-one help with a number of subjects, SMARTHINKING also offers an Online Writing Lab to assist students with writing essays and papers in many disciplines.

Access SMARTHINKING through the tab after logging in through Blackboard. Go to the Blackboard site

ACC offers counseling services to address the unique needs of Distance Education students. The DE Counselor, Carol Townsend, helps students select appropriate courses, decide on reasonable course loads, and address questions about online and distance education. Contact Carol Townsend.

Blackboard® is the name of the online system used to offer students online information, resources, tools and materials for their courses. Known as a Learning Management System (LMS), it supports distance learning and classroom courses at ACC. Use your ACCeID and password to login. Go to the Blackboard website


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DE Path to Success

Check out DE Path to Success our new tutorial highlighting ACC's support services for distance learners.