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Distance Learning provides students with a flexible, convenient way to earn college credit. Instead of attending classes on campus, students participate in non-traditional courses offered through a variety of delivery modes. (To learn more go to

ACC made available the opportunity to evaluate Distance Learning instructors / courses online back in 2007


Course /Instructor Evaluation Guidelines - Distance Learning course evaluation guidelines are in the procedures manual (p.5)

Spring and Summer - Remember that spring and summer course evaluations are by request only. To request an evaluation go to: .

For course evaluation purposes, distance learning courses run on the same semester schedules as on-campus courses and have deadlines for completing assignments and exams. For all evaluation purposes, Distance Learning courses are treated like any other course. See our evaluation calendar at

  • For distance learning courses, the evaluation process takes place online.
    Be aware that after the term ends, students can no longer access the online evaluation survey.

  • Students will not be able to use the online evaluation once they have received a grade for the section.
    All evaluations should be done prior to the end of term date.

  • Also, once a course evaluation has been submitted, the student will no longer be able to evaluate that course/instructor.
    This ensures that the student evaluates the course only once.

The process and timeline for reporting evaluation results is the same as for the current paper/pencil evaluations. Student/faculty confidentiality is also the same. Evaluation results and comments will be stored in Datatel and distributed with the report to both the instructor and department chair.

Professors should remind students of the opportunity to evaluate their distance learning instructors at least two weeks prior to the end of term or end of course (See evaluation windows in our calendar ).

Remind students that evaluations can be done at any location with Internet access.


These surveys can be accessed via Blackboard or Online Services. Both of these links are on ACC’s main home page.

  • Distance Learning courses are evaluated via Student Online Services (SOS) (
  • Students can also access the SOS evaluation site via Blackboard. It can be found in their log in page.


1. On the Blackboard page you will find the ACC Online Services link at the bottom of the Tools area ( the left hand column). Click on ACC Online services.

2. Click on current students

3. Sign on

4. After signing on to SOS students' page click the distance learning link under Faculty Evaluations at the bottom right side of the page.

Once in, select the current term (e.g., Fall 2009). A list of the student’s current DL courses will be displayed, along with the faculty names teaching the courses.

TUTORIAL- Here is a link for a tutorial showing how to complete the evaluation form page illustrates how sttudents select each course/faculty member, complete the evaluation, and submit it. It is important to fill out the entire form (not just the comment section) in order to capture the best data possible.



FORM C —Open Campus form
A distance learning form sample containing the questions asked in the DL course evaluation can be found at .

The Distance Learning evaluation process is governed under the same guidelines and procedures for all other courses. For other information such as evaluation calendar, procedures, etc. go to


More information about ACC Distance Learning

ACC Distance Learning •  
Pinnacle Campus • 7748 Highway 290 West • Austin, Texas 78736

ACC Help Line (512) 223-8026 + Toll-Free 1-888-223-8026
Fax: (512) 223-8988


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