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You will be joining a community of people devoted to creating and sharing information—activities that can be enhanced by information technology. Finding answers to the following questions can help you understand how technology is used to support learning and collaboration in your areas of interest or possible major(s).

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COURSEWORK - IN AND OUT OF CLASS

Q. How does the campus use technology to enhance teaching, learning, and access to information in your areas of interest?  
A. At AACC students come first. Students today expect technology to be a part of their academic life and beyond. The college uses smart classrooms; interactive classrooms; wireless Internet access across select areas on campus; online courses through the Virtual Campus; MyAACC, the college's student portal; and its main Web site, aacc.edu, to provide timely information and learning experiences to students, employees and the community.      

Q. Are classrooms technology-enhanced?  
A. Yes. All of classrooms have a full range of technological products that support instruction. All classrooms have smart, modified-smart or video-conferencing capabilities.

Q. In both introductory and specialized courses, what opportunities are there for you to collaborate with other students using technology on project teams?  
A. Students and faculty can communicate via groups, message boards, and chat rooms on the student portal MyAACC.  

Q. Does the school give credit for courses taken electronically (online/at a distance) from other institutions and sources of instruction?  
A. Yes, as long as the courses are from an accredited institution. The college’s transfer credit information details how a student can transfer credits into the college.  


SUPPORT SERVICES

Q. How does the campus provide access for students to work with multimedia (audio and video)?  
A. All computers have usb ports for multimedia access as well as cd/dvd players. Additionally, some computer labs provide card readers for multimedia devices.

Q. Are library collections and resources—such as catalogs, research databases, special collections, course reserves, full-text electronic journals, books, and streaming media—available online and accessible off-campus?
A.
The library catalog is available electronically both on and off-campus.  It provides information about print materials in the collection, as well as links to electronic books and streaming video products.  The library’s electronic databases offer more electronic books, magazines and journal articles, and newspapers.  All databases can be accessed through the library web site, and are available on campus; and all but one are accessible off-campus.  An AACC ID card or library card is required for off-campus access.

Q. Can the library deliver documents to you electronically, either via e-mail or through Web posting? Does the library charge a fee when information resources that you need are not available in its collections?
A. The library does not currently deliver documents electronically. No fee is charged for books or articles obtained elsewhere, unless the library providing the resource to AACC imposes a charge.

Q. Does the library provide research assistance in a variety of ways, such as in person, by phone, by e-mail, and through Web services? When are these forms of assistance available?
A
. Yes, the library provides assistance in person and by telephone during library hours.  When the library is closed, patrons may ask for help via e-mail or a live 24/7 online chat reference service called AskUsNow! Students can also set up appointments with library staff for assistance with complex research projects.


LOOKING TOWARD GRADUATION AND A CAREER

Q. Does the campus offer general or profession-specific training programs that will ensure you are fluent in current information technologies when you graduate?
A. All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology by either completing an approved competency course, transferring an equivalent course, or testing out of an approved course by passing a CLEP exam or departmental exam.