The main URL of the system is the Gateway where all users of
the system log on. Additionally, on the Gateway, you will find
links to important information, as posted by the system
administrator, including Message of the Day from the system
administrator, system requirements, such as supported browsers and
related settings, login tips and help, request to reset one's
password, site searches, and other related information.
Instructors and students cannot alter or edit information on
the Gateway page.
On the Gateway page there is a very cool marketing tool: the
Sites Browser tool. Students and faculty can search for courses
and preview material, if marked 'public' by site owners. Anyone can
search for courses. There is no
need to log into the system before browsing around.
||Click on the Sites
link in the left nav menu.
||The Search for
Sites dialog box appears. You can search for courses by
any term by choosing the term from the drop-down menu. Or you
can leave the default at Any to find courses offered
throughout the year.
If you want to search by subject matter or institution,
type that information into the Search for: box.
You can also narrow down your search by
If you are looking for specific course
offerings, you will need to know your college's subject
abbreviations (i.e. ENG or MAT or SPA).
Then click on the Search button.
A search for ENG, Fall 2013, for El Camino
College, returned 70 searches.
The Results page will list all the courses that
meet your criteria.
In the partial list above, you can see that
some of the courses are hot links and a couple are not. The
ones that you can click on to preview material are published
and available. The others are not yet open.
To view information about the course, click on the course
title in the list.
course description above is a great example. It is complete
and gives the searcher a good idea of what the course will be
about. In addition, further down it contains a public resource link to a
website the instructor wants prospective students to review.
This will help students determine whether to enroll in the
class or not, instead of finding out after the fact about the
Where Does This Information Come From?
The information that appears on a Sites Search page is created
by instructors. There are four areas where you can make
information available to the public: Announcements, Syllabus,
Resources and Site Info. You will be investigating all this in
much more detail later, but this is a brief introduction.
|As you can see, each of the above three tools
has a slightly different look to it when it comes to choosing
to make material publicly viewable. That's OK, they all work.
When you create an announcement, a syllabus item, or a
resource, just be sure to check the correct option if you want
it to be available to the public. By default, these items are
NOT publicly viewable. They are only available to site
participants - that is, to students who are registered in your
course (appear under Site Info).
There are two course descriptions: a long and a
short. The long course description can also be viewed on the
course home page. The short course description only appears in the
Sites area in the list of classes.
Both course descriptions area created in the
Site Info tool (Site Info >> Edit Site Information).
||What you see on the left is the
Edit Site Information box (located in Site Info).
The long course description goes in the top white box. You
can be as elaborate here as you wish. I copied my description
from a Word document and pasted it here.
The short course description goes in the lower white box.
As you can see, there is an 80 character limit in this box.
|The course short description shows in the list
of courses. This is the ONLY place where it appears.
|The course long description shows on the
course site's home page. If you have marked public any of your
announcements, resources or the syllabus, this information
will be available in Sites search.
As you can see below, if you have inserted a link to an
image in the "Options" of the site information box of your
home page, the image AND the
course description both appear here in the Sites class page.
This is described in detail in the Home Page
If you wish to search for another class after you've completed
one search already, click on the Search link at the top of the
list of classes window. You may need to Return to List to see it
if you've viewed a class page.
To log into the system enter your user id and password in the
fields at the top of the page and click the Login button. You will
gain access to your workspace and any sites in
which you are a student, instructor, or other participant.
|On the Gateway page, in the left
menus area, there are two links to help if you're having
problems logging in.
The Login & Other Help page lists tips as to why you may be having
a problem. There are also links to various school's help pages
for more information.
The Reset Password link allows you to request your password
to be reset to a generic password, in case you have forgotten
|If you have forgotten your
password, it can easily be reset. Click on the Reset Password
link in the left menu on the Gateway.
Simply put in your email address and click the Send
Password button. A new, computer-generated password will be
sent to your email account. The response is instant.
|This new password is not a
catchy phrase that you will remember. It is a very
good idea to follow the instructions in the
email to change your password.
Remember that the password will not change again unless you
change it yourself - or you request a password reset. You will
use the same password from term to term, so long as you are a
student at your institution.
Update Your Etudes Account
|If you didn't use an email
account when you first enrolled for an online class, the
system doesn't know your address so you won't be able to ask
to have the password reset.
In that case, you'll need to fill out the
Update Your Etudes Account
form. There is a link on the Login Help page to access the
The form looks like the screenshot to the right. (partial
Simply fill out the form and click on Submit at the bottom
of the page.
|By submitting this
form, you are only updating the system's information.
You are NOT updating your college's
information. In order to update the college's records, contact
your Admissions and Records office.