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Teaching Online at ACC

The Office of Distance and Alternative Education (ODAE) works diligently to provide comprehensive support services for potential and current distance education faculty. Austin Community College (ACC) currently offers 25 online degree programs and 15 online certificates.

Getting Started

Review the Distance Education Handbook and Administrative Policies and Faculty Requirements page. Use the Faculty Guide below to help you get started on developing and delivering your course. The Faculty Guide includes all the information you need for a successful online course, including online forms. There is also a Teaching Online FAQ.

The links below will help you make your distance education courses a success. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or need assistance via

Online/Hybrid Course Design & Development

Professor using a computer at the Faculty Resource CenterDo you have a face-to-face course that you’d like to transform to an online or hybrid version? Want to get started with planning a new hybrid or online course?

The Office of Distance & Alternative Education has dedicated QM certified instructional designers to help faculty with the design and development of online courses (fully online & hybrid) and the transformation of face-to-face courses to online. Visit the Teaching Consultations & Support page to learn more about our services.

Online Course Development & Review

    • Assist course design and meet QM standards
    • Conduct QM Reviews (Internal and National)

Online Course Accessibility

    • Accessibility checking and fixing for PDF, Word & PowerPoint documents
    • Video Closed Captioning assistance

Online Testing Tools Support

    • Creating tests, surveys, pools in Respondus
    • Respondus Lockdown Browser, Respondus Monitor & Respondus Live Proctoring
    • DE Online Proctoring

Lecture Capture/Presentation Tool Support

Submit the Course Redesign Request Form to request support for redesigning an already online/hybrid course to meet QM standards.

Submit DE Course Redesign Request Form

Submit the DE Course Approval form for support in transitioning your course to an online or hybrid format for the first time – either a brand new course or transitioning from f2f to online/hybrid.

Submit the DE Course Approval Form


Please contact a DE Instructional Designer, or email

Quality Matters (QM)

Abstract view of a ceilingQuality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Sponsored by MarylandOnline, Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education.

Learn more about Quality Matters

Distance Education Professional Development

The Office of Distance & Alternative Education offers synchronous and asynchronous workshops for faculty in a variety of topics related to online and hybrid teaching, including the Distance Learning Instruction Series (DLIS) and the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) which are required for DE faculty. Workshops are available each month, with concentrations in instructional design, pedagogy, implementation of new technologies, and college support services. Visit the Faculty Events Calendar and sort by the “DistanceEd” tag to find current and upcoming development opportunities.

Faculty Events Calendar

Distance Education Workshops

Distance Education (DE) Mode Descriptions

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. An ACC ID card and personal safety measures will be required when on campus.

Hybrid Classroom – HYC
Instruction is mostly on-campus with remaining instruction online. An ACC ID card and personal safety measures will be required when on campus.

Hyflex – FLX
A F2F, synchronous course section that allows students to attend virtually on any given class day.

Online ACC Faculty Community

Looking for more community? Join the Facebook group where Austin Community College faculty and staff are sharing insights, best practices, advice, successes and challenges, and research about teaching and learning.

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