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Should You Take Online Classes? Free Tool Can Tell You

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Each year, about 10,000 DCCCD students take online — or distance learning — classes. For many who work or have other obligations, it makes sense. These students take courses at their convenience — at home, in their office, on a military base or anyplace else they like.

But online classes are not for everyone. You must have access to a computer. And you must be at ease using that computer. Also, you should be a self-starter who has the discipline to handle not being in a classroom.

Find out if you might prosper as a distance learning student: Take SmarterMeasure, our free online tool. SmarterMeasure is a simple questionnaire. It measures your readiness to handle distance learning classes.
Follow these steps:
  1. Click “Login as a First Time User.”
  2. In the “Select a username” field, select any of the choices from the pulldown menu. NOTE: any of the options will work; don’t worry if you aren’t a Dual Credit or El Centro student.
  3. Enter the word student as the password.

Online Enrollment Is Expanding

Enrollment in distance learning classes at DCCCD is growing quickly. Dallas Colleges Online,  DCCCD’s online campus, offers you access to a full range of college courses. You can choose from associate degree and certificate options.
See a complete list of the degrees, certificates and awards you can earn entirely online. You can look for online classes through the browsable class schedule.
Find out more about Distance Learning at the colleges of DCCCD.