Distance Education

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Welcome to Albany Technical College’s (ATC) Distance Learning Program!

Our distance learning program opportunities provide you with the avenues to further your education from the comfort of your home while you Learn It Online!

We understand that not all students are able to attend classes on campus. Our online courses are designed to meet the needs of all students who seek a quality education as they continue to work and take care of family obligations. In addition to 30 fully online programs, we also offer online courses to meet the needs of the students who are interested in blended learning – the ability to take a course online as well as on campus. We are here to help you with your busy schedule needs.


Is Online Learning for Me?


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Prior to registering for any distance education course, each student should make sure that this method of instruction fits his or her learning style. Some people learn best by interacting face to face with the instructor and other students. To be successful in distance education courses, an online student should be self-motivated and be able to work well independently.

All students taking distance education courses are required to complete the SmarterMeasure Distance Learning Readiness Assessment. The SmarterMeasure Assessment takes 25 minutes to complete and includes five major assessment components that measure the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Technical competency

  • Individual attributes

  • Preferred learning style

  • Typing speed and accuracy

The scores from the assessment will not prohibit a student from applying for a distance education course.

The SmarterMeasure Assessment can be accessed by clicking here. Username is albanytech password is albanytech.

Student Technology Skills

The following computer skills are needed prior to taking online courses through ATC. Students are responsible for assessing their own skill levels. If a student does not possess these skills, he or she may want to consider taking on-campus classes. Online instructors will not be teaching these skills.

Basic Skills

  • Be familiar with the operating system of the computer being used for class

  • Understand terms such as mouse, drag, open, launch, select, file, choose, double-click, download, upload, send, and so on

  • Save, copy, and find files/folders on external storage and hard drives

  • Download/upload files

Web Browser Skills

  • Go to a specific URL

  • Print a page

  • Follow a hypertext link

  • Conduct a basic search using a search engine

Word Processor Skills

  • Open a new or existing file

  • Save a file

  • Rename a file (Save As)

  • Print a document

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For BLACKBOARD technical support, please submit a ticket utilizing the Helpdesk.albanytech.edu from the BLACKBOARD Home page.

For MyMathLab technical support, please contact your instructor.

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Degree, Diplomas and Technical Certificates of Credit Available Online

Degrees, diplomas and technical certificates are awarded to students who complete a very specific and specialized listing of courses that concentrate on the students’ area of interest. In general, a student can earn a technical certificate of credit within one to three semesters of course work (depending on the work load attempted). All courses required in a technical certificate can be applied towards the pursuit of a diploma or degree with the student’s area of interest.

The following Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Programs are available 100% online:

Accounting Technology
Business Administrative Technology
Business Logistics Management
Business Management
Fire Science Technology
Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Law Enforcement Technology
Marketing Management
Operations Management

The following Diploma Programs are available 100% online:

Accounting Technology 
Business Administrative Technology 
Business Logistics Management 
Business Management
Fire Science Technology
Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Law Enforcement Technology
Marketing Management

The following Technical Certificate of Credit Programs are available 100% online:

Basic Fire Officer
Criminal Justice Specialist
Customer Contact Specialist
Fire Officer I
Fire Officer II
Industrial Preparation
Logistics Management Specialist
Microsoft Office Application Specialist
Service Supervision Specialist
Supervisor/Management Specialist
Supply Chain Management

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What is a hybrid course? A hybrid course meets at least 50% of the time in the classroom. The other part of the course is held online.

How much time should I expect to spend on an online course?
You should expect to spend the same amount of time on an online course as you attending and studying for an on-campus course.

What kind of technology do I have to take an online course?
Please review the information on the Hardware & Software Requirements page to make certain that your computer’s hardware and software meet the requirements for online learning.

How do I login to my online course (for the first time)?

  1. Go to the website. https://albanytech.blackboard.com
  2. Key in your username .What is your username? It is the following:
  3. New login and password: 20_STUDENTIDNUMBER (no space &also note there is an underscore separating the two digit college identifier and your student ID.) 20 is the Albany Tech two digit college extension.
  4. Press the Tab key.
  5. Key in your password. What is your password? Your password is the same as your username.

    Username: 20_studentID Example: 20_900123456
    Password: 20_studentID Example: 20_900123456
  6. Click the login button.
  7. Your course (s) will be listed on the next page.

You will be prompted to change your password once you have logged successfully into the system. Please remember this new password.

How do I update my email in personal Information on BannerWeb?

  • Go to the website http://www.albanytech.edu
  • Click on current students
  • Click on BannerWeb
  • Click on BannerWeb login
  • Click on “Enter Secure Area”
  • Click on the box next to user ID and key in your User ID and then click on the box next to PIN (Personal Identification Number) and key in your PIN call ( 229) 430-3497 for help.
  • Click on “Login” button
  • Click on “Personal Information.”
  • Click on “Update E-mails Addresses.”
  • Click on the text bow arrow for drop down menu and click “student E-Mail”.
  • Click on the “Submit” button.
  • Click the “Save “button.

When do I get a Blackboard Account?
Your Blackboard account should be available on the first day of the course. If you register during ADD/DROP registration, it should be available approximately 24 hours after you register.

When does my online class begin? When does it end?
All online courses begin on the first official day of class for the semester and session. Please check the course schedule for the exact date. Online students are expected to login to Blackboard on the first day of class and at least 3-5 days per week. When you login to your online course, you will see the expectations and deadlines for the course. Failure to log into the course during the first 2 weeks may result in receiving a NO show for the course and being disabled in the course.
All online courses are not self-paced. Each instructor has a schedule with assignment due dates that must be met.
Online courses end on the last day of the semester and session. See the course schedule and the course syllabus for that exact date for each session within each semester.

How do I get started in my online course?
You will be able to access your online course the same day that classes begin. You should login to your course the first day of the semester.

How do I turn in assignments communicate with my instructor, and take tests/exams?

  • Online students turn in homework/assignments and communicate with their instructor through the Blackboard system using drop boxes, internal course mail, or by using other course tools as stated in the course syllabus. Many of your questions about Blackboard can be answered by accessing the frequently asked questions about Blackboard.
  • Check your course syllabus to find out when you instructor may be available for
  • Students communicate with other students enrolled in the course through private course mail and public “discussion board” postings.
  • Students in most courses take their tests online using Blackboard testing capabilities

What about privacy?
The Blackboard LMS provides a secure password protected learning environment. Only your instructor, course administrators, and students enrolled in the course have access to course content. Students have access to their grades only; they cannot see the grades of other students.

Who do I contact with questions pertaining to the course?
Contact your instructor. Check your course syllabus for contact information.