Distance Learning Support Services
Current Students

 Getting Started

Blackboard is the course management software used by EPCC to deliver courses over the Internet.

If you are new to online or hybrid courses, the information and links on this web page will help you get started before class begins.


If you haven't completed the online readiness assessment, DLSS recommends you complete it before moving on. The assessment will identify your strengths and areas you may need to improve to be successful in an online course.

SmarterMeasure - Are You Ready for Online Courses

   Note: faculty who teach online courses may require you to visit an EPCC campus for meetings, testing or other course requirements.  If you are unable to visit an EPCC campus, contact the faculty member to determine whether alternate arrangements are possible. Faculty contact information can be found in the: E-mail and Telephone Directory.


Distance Learning values your education. Therefore we have taken the time to develop an online tutorial to help you learn how to use Blackboard.

Blackboard Student Tutorial

Blackboard Login Instructions

 Technical Support

For 24/7 technical assistance with Blackboard, students can chat or submit help tickets online EPCC Blackboard Help Desk or call toll free 888-296-0863.

Distance Learning has created a great place for you to get started. Click here to visit our DLSS Student Support page.

 Library Services

EPCC students can find an array of resources by visiting the campus Libraries web sites. The Welcome Students link below is a great place to start

Welcome Students

EPCC Library

EPCC Library Research Guides

 Helpful Tips

Below are some helpful tips that will teach you about essential requirements for online learning and how to manage your time effectively to be a successful online student. 

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

What Technology Do I Need?

Tips to Become a Successful Online Student (PDF)

Netiquette Guide for Online Courses (PDF)

Time Management

 Virtual College of Texas

If you need a class to advance or graduate that isn't available contact the DLSS department.

Virtual College of Texas

 Distance Learning Course Drop Procedure

Students interested in withdrawing from a course should contact their counselor and be aware of the 6-Drop Rule. The drop procedure is on the Registrar's web page.

Students are responsible for protecting their login and password.