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Etudes Basics: Self-Paced Tutorial

By Dr. Gayle L. Fornataro, Virtual Valley Student Success Coordinator

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Disabling Pop-Up Blockers

       Table of Contents:  

1. What is Etudes?
2. Setting Your Computer to Run Etudes
      2A.  Checking Computer and Internet Requirements
      2B.  Using a Supported Web Browser
      2C.  Setting Browser Cache
      2D.  Enabling JavaScript
      2E.  Enabling Browser Cookies
      2F.  Disabling Pop-Up Blockers
  3. Logging on to Your Class Website
  4. Getting Help
  5. Keys to Success

Pop-Up blockers are useful programs that block those anoying advertisements that pop-up when you are on a commercial Web site. However, they can also prevent you from following links on Etudes by blocking information windows that pop-up when you click on them. Hence, you need to turn off the pop-up blocking software on your Web browser - - entirely, or only for your Etudes class Web site.

Note: You MUST disable the pop-up blocking software on your Web browser to run Etudes. However, you may set your pop- blocker to allow pop-ups from only Etudes should you not want to disable it entirely.

Students who are most successful in online courses are those who are self-motivated, self-disciplined (able to make and stick to a study schedule), and who have good technology skills.

Before taking signing up for a class, check out our Online Readiness Quiz

Once you are in an online class we recommend that you take two online tutorials, available on the Virtual Valley Student Resources webpage, or by clicking on the links below:

Students taking online classes are more likely to be successful if they possess the following technology skills before starting their course:

  • Know how to use a mouse and keyboard to select and start programs, and to enter information.
  • Know how to connect to the Internet and use web browser software to locate information on the Internet.
  • Know how to create and manage folders on a computer, including finding, uploading, downloading, and saving individual files.
  • Know how to send email attachments
  • Know how to download and install "plug-in" software such as media viewers, java, etc.
  • Know how to manage security settings on your computer through the Internet browser software and firewall.
  • Know how to use word processing software such as Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print text documents.
  • Know how to "cut and paste" and "copy and paste" within documents.
  • Know how to send and receive messages using e-mail.

If you need help developing any of these skills prior to taking an online class, study the following two tutorials, available on the Student Resources page of the virtual valley website:

The short answer is no. Online and hybrid courses teach the same material as our on-campus courses.

Online classes may even require more weekly work, but they are more convenient.

Students who have poor technology skills or who need the discipline of regularly scheduled class meetings in order to stay on task are likely to feel that online courses are more difficult than classroom-based courses.

Students who have good technology skills, are self-disciplined, regularly make time to study and complete assignments, and have good reading and writing skills are likely to feel that online courses are similarly challenging to on-campus classes.

Yes. The exact same content is taught in online as in a traditional course that meets on campus.

All online and hybrid courses are developed by LAVC faculty.

These courses are reviewed by the department chair and an instructional designer.

For course components that are online, you do not normally have to be online at a certain time. Instead, you can study when it is convenient for you, as long as you complete and submit required assignments and tests by due dates indicated in the syllabus.

Some instructors may require small group or other discussions to take place at a schedules time, which is often negotiable. Contact your instructor for any specific time requirements.

If you are taking an online class or a hybrid, you don't need to go out and buy a computer. HOWEVER you do need frequent access to a reliable computer.

LAVC does have a computer lab in BJ 103. For lab hours see the following link: Help Desk/Computer Lab Information.

For more information about the lab, contact Ken Freeman at (818) 947-2568.

No. LAVC offers its online classes through the Etudes course management system, which is available over the Internet. All you need is a good computer with a reliable Internet connection.

However, some instructors may require purchase of special programs, such as Microsoft Word, or other discipline-specific software. Check with your instructor prior to the beginning of the class for any additional software requirements.

Yes, you need an active email account. Those are available for free from Gmail, Yahoo, etc.

Regular access to a good computer

Reliable Internet access. While dial-up modems will work, they are very slow, so cable or digital Internet connections are recommended.

Note: If AOL is your Internet service, you will not be able to use your AOL browser, but will need to download another browser.

  • For more information about computer, Internet, and browser requirements, see the System Requirements.

A good word processing program, such as Microsoft Word (some professors require this program).

Check with your instructor to see if there are any additional equipment requirements prior to taking clas


You have two options for disabling your pop-up blocker:

  1. Disable your pop-up blocker entirely
  2. Allow pop-ups from Etudes only

Follow the appropriate instructions below to set your pop-up blocker:

Internet Explorer using a PC

To totally disable the pop-up blocker:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on "Tools"
  3. Click on the "Privacy" tab to select it
  4. Locate the "Pop-Up Blocker" box, towards the bottom of the window
  5. Check the "Block pop-ups" box to totally disable pop-up blocking while you are working on ETUDES (you should re-enable it after you leave ETUDES and will be surfing the Internet.
  6. Click "OK
  7. Wait for the Internet Options window to close

To allow Pop-Ups from Etudes only:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on "Tools"
  3. Click on the "Privacy" tab to select it
  4. Locate the "Pop-Up Blocker" box towards the bottom of the window
  5. Make sure the "Block Pop-Ups" box is checked, showing it to be active
  6. Click "Settings"
  7. Paste the Etudes Web site address in the "Address of Web site to allow" window
  8. Click "Allow"
  9. Click "Close" to close the settings window
  10. Click "OK" in the Internet Options window and wait for it to close.

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Firefox using a PC

Firefox displays an outstanding page to review options. The instructions may be found here.

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Firefox using a Max

To totally disable the Pop-up blocker

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click on the Firefox menu from the top menu bar
  3. Select "Preferences"
  4. Click on the "Content" tab
  5. If the "Block pop-up windows" box is checked, click on it to turn off pop-up blocking while you are working on ETUDES (you should re-enable it hen you leave ETUDES if you are going to surf the Internet)
  6. Close the Preferences window.

To allow Pop-Ups from Etudes only:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click on the Firefox menu from the top menu bar
  3. Select "Preferences"
  4. Click on the "Content" tab
  5. Click on the "Exceptions" button on the right
  6. Copy the Etudes address in the window labeled, "Address of Web site" (
  7. Click "Allow"
  8. Close the Preferences window

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