Visit TLED’s Teaching Consultations & Support page for comprehensive support in course design, technology tools for teaching, and other high-impact practices. Join our Facebook group where ACC faculty and staff are sharing insights, best practices, and advice. Collegewide updates are available on the Austin Community College COVID-19 webpage.

Search TLED
Search ACC

Distance Education Syllabus Components

ACC Syllabus Guidelines

The ACC Syllabus website provides guidelines to ensure all syllabi meet ACC standards. For assistance in designing a course syllabus, please visit the Teaching Consultations & Support page to set up a consultation.

In accordance with Texas House Bill 2504, each class must have an online syllabus accessible from the Course Schedule. Refer to the Lighthouse tutorial for instructions.


Syllabus Components

A well-designed syllabus cuts down on questions, saving time for both instructors and students. In addition to standard ACC syllabus components, a distance education course syllabus should include the following:

Let students know how to reach you:

  • Campus and virtual office hours
  • Contact methods (email/phone/Google Hangout/Skype/etc.)
  • Response time (ex: emails answered M-F within 24 hrs)
  • Weekend availability, if applicable

Define your communication policy:

  • What constitutes “attendance”
  • Faculty-student/student-student interaction expectations
  • How interactions will occur (discussion board, chat, other tools)
  • Participation standards (minimum number of discussion board posts per week, Netiquette guidelines)

Explain technology requirements:

  • Hardware/software needed
  • Blackboard support
  • Other technical support

Explain course procedures:

  • How the online classroom is organized
  • How students should proceed each week for class activities
  • How to submit assignments
  • File name conventions for documents/email
  • Course calendar/schedule
  • Turnaround time for grading assignments and tests
  • Faculty evaluation procedure

Describe testing requirements:

Help for Distance Education students: