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Etudes Basics: Self-Paced Tutorial

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

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Logging on to Your Class Web Site

       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

There are two sections to this tutorial:

CAUTION! Before you try to logon, you will need to check the system requirements and settings to make sure you will be able to logon and use Etudes course management software. If you have skipped lessons 3-9 of this lesson, go back and read them before you attempt to log in to your Etudes class Web site to avoid serious technical problems.


Your Etudes Username and Password

Once you have set your computer to be compatible with Etudes, you are ready to log in. First, you will need to figure out your ETUDES username and password. These are set by the college following simple formulas:

Your Username: Your Password:

Create your Etudes Username using the following formula:

    The first 2 letters of your first name +
    The first 2 letters of your last name +
    The last 5 digits of your SIN*
       *(Student Identification Number)

Please be sure to use ALL LOWER CASE, and DO NOT INSERT any SPACES between the characters. Like this:


*Do NOT use your Social Security Number.

Create your Etudes Password using the following formula:

2-digit month and 2-digit day of your brith, with NO SPACES between, like this:


Be sure to use the birth date on file in your school records, and do not insert any spaces between the characters.


Jose A. Garcia with SIN # 881234567

His username is:  joga34567


Jose Garcia was born on January 11

His password is: 0111

Please DO NOT change your ETUDES Password from the one set by the college.
This is so that staff and faculty can help you in the event of a technical problem

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

Remember:  Your login username is created with your "Student Identification Number" (SIN), NOT your Social Security Number (SSC). Your SIN is a 9-digit number beginning  with “88.” You can find                      this number on your LAVC registration papers.

Note: Your Etudes Username is also your LAVC "UIA," or "Universal Internet Access"
number. You use this same Id to logon to your LAVC wireless server account, LAVC library subscription database resources, and other LAVC internet-based resources. Only one number to remember! How convenient is that?

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Logging in to your Etudes class Web site

Now that you have your username and password, you are ready to log into your Etudes account to access all your class Web sites. You will have a different site for each of your online classes, but you access all of them from one convenient login portal. To visit the Etudes login portal, click on the link below:

Note: You may also access this webpage from the LAVC Web site:

Etudes is the official Web site of Virtual Valley and all our online classes use this program. Some individual instructors may offer Web resources on their own that do not use this system.

Once you get to the Etudes Login Page, you should see two boxes at the top, right-hand corner of the page, asking you for your username and password.  You must type these into the appropriate box and click the “login” button.

One Last Step...

There is just one more step to take to get to your class Web site. When you enter your username and password and click "login," you will be taken to the Etudes "My Workspace" page, rather than directly to your class Web page. From there, you will need to click on the tab near the top of the window identifying your class Web site.

Congratulations! You are now logged onto your Etudes class Web site. You are ready to begin exploring, and learning how to use this powerful learning tool.

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