Online Courses through ETUDES
Taft College utilizes ETUDES, a course management system for its
distance learning online courses. The term ETUDES stands for Easy To Use
Distance Education Software. It is easy to use and provides a trouble-free
teaching and learning environment. ETUDES can be accessed from any platform
using any standard browser. No plug-in or FTP is needed. You do not have to come
to campus. Instead, you will follow the directions given in the ETUDES program,
complete and submit your assignments and take your exams by the deadlines given,
and contact your instructor if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
The online format has an internal message center where you and your instructor
can stay in contact, and it has a discussion area where you will discuss topics
with the other students enrolled in the class.
Getting Ready for ETUDES
Before you start taking classes through ETUDES, you need to make
sure your computer is compatible and ready to go. To do this, go through
the following steps carefully. Not doing so may prevent you from being
successful in our online program.
through the following information carefully to ensure that your computer
is properly configured to use the ETUDES software.
Computer and Internet Connectivity (PC and Mac)
General System Requirements:
Screen resolution set to
1024 X 768
PC's should be running Win
2000 or XP
(Testing on Windows Vista has not
yet been done. It may work just fine, but it is not recommended at this
time, as ETUDES cannot guarantee optimal performance without
Macs should have OS X
10.3.X or above
System should have at least
56K minimum is required.
DSL or cable modem strongly advised.
You must have regular,
reliable Internet access for satisfactory performance. Many courses
require high-speed connections for interactive multimedia such as
PowerPoint, Digital Video, etc. These requirements should also be stated
in the course syllabus. If your connectivity is slower than a 56K modem,
you might experience frustration with slow response.
Browsers for the PC
The recommended Web
Browsers for PC Users are either Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 SP2
or Mozilla Firefox 2.x or above. Other Web Browsers are
not supported and will not function properly. Both browsers are
available as free downloads:
Get IE 7.0 SP2 at:
Get Mozilla Firefox at:
Browsers for the Mac
The recommended Web Browser
to use with ETUDES for Mac users is Mozilla Firefox 2.x or
above. Firefox requires OSX 10.3 or above. Be sure to download
the Mac OS X/English version.
Get Mozilla Firefox at:
Internet Explorer and
Safari are not supported browsers for the Mac. Safari works well for
viewing materials, but you won't be able to use the editor for items
that need to communicate with the system, such as discussions, tests &
quizzes and assignments. Netscape, Opera, and other browsers that are
not listed here are not supported. Please use FireFox.
Browser Instructions for AOL and CompuServe (PC and Mac)
AOL and CompuServe (AOL/CS)
software includes an integrated browser-like feature that does not
provide full access to the Internet. Students MUST minimize the AOL/CS
Browser once their Internet connection is established and open one of
the supported browsers. Do NOT attempt to use the AOL/CS versions of
Netscape or Internet Explorer.
You must download a
separate, complete, independent version of Internet Explorer. This will
alleviate frustration associated with many known problems caused by the
AOL/CS quasi-browser and its inherent inability to access to a
significant percent of the World Wide Web.
For further instructions,
IMPORTANT note for AOL Users!
Your Computer's Cache
You must configure your
browser's cache correctly for ETUDES to work properly. 99% of
problems are due to incorrect browser cache settings. For instructions
as to how to do this on your computer, click one of the links below:
Macintosh Browser CACHE Settings
PC Browser CACHE Settings
Other Important Settings
The way you
and any Pop-Up Blocking Software on your computer may affect the performance of ETUDES. For
instructions as to how to set configure these items on your computer,
click the link below:
Final Technical Notes
Satellite ISPs are NOT
recommended! Users who are currently using Direcway or Hughes Satellite
ISPs might encounter technology problems and intermittent issues with
ETUDES that are beyond our control.
Also, do not open more than
one ETUDES browser window while logged into the system in a single
session. You may get logged out this way or override changes you've made
and lose your work. If you open more than one ETUDES browser window
simultaneously, make sure you login to each session separately!
If you are new to ETUDES, we
strongly recommend that you take a few moments to view the following
demonstration videos which will help you to quickly learn your way
around your online course.
You will need Flash Player installed on your
computer to view these videos. If they will not play, you can
install Flash from this website:
"Logging in to ETUDES" Demo for Students
"Navigating Modules & Reading and Posting to Discussions in Etudes"
Demo for Students
"Taking Tests & Quizzes in ETUDES" Demo for Students
"Submitting Assignments in ETUDES" Demo for Students
“Sending and Reading Private Messages in ETUDES" Demo for Students
Student User Guide
Here is a printable Student User Guide which outlines how to navigate
and use ETUDES
Etudes Student User Guide
How to login to your online class:
The program is case sensitive. Be sure to follow these directions
New Users use the following login instructions:
First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of your Student ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
MonthDay of birth
in school records
using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Previous Users use the following login instructions:
First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
password YOU set in a previous term
If you cannot remember your password, go to the
ETUDES login screen and reset the password. Be sure
to use the email address you used in on your
1. Login Tips - Reasons why you may not
be able to log on:
- Classes have not
started yet. Registration data is loaded on the first day of
class or on Friday before classes start. Check the current class
schedule to find out when the semester officially starts.
- Instructor may not be ready. Each instructor
publishes the class when the class is ready for student access. If
you login and do not see the class listed on the tab bar, the class
may not be ready for access. Check that your schedule still lists
the class, wait overnight, and check again.
- You are entering
invalid login information
(incorrect formula). Refer to the chart above. Make sure you
are not using capital letters or spaces. If it still does not work,
check your registration information. Sometimes, information is
entered wrong on the online application. Contact the counseling
center or distance learning help desk to double check how you are
entered in the system and that we have the correct birth date.
- You forgot your password. Add your
email in the
Reset Password tool and a new computer-generated password
will be emailed to you. The response is instant.
If you get a message that there are two
accounts with your email address, please complete the next form
under (d). Include the error message!
Update Your ETUDES Account if you do not have an
email address in the system OR it's an old/duplicate
- You are not a new
user of the system, yet you are attempting to log on with the
default password. If you are not a new user of ETUDES,
please use the userid and password that you established. We don't
- You have requested to add a class, but
you are NOT officially enrolled in the system yet. You will
be able to log into the ETUDES system the morning
after you are officially enrolled
with your Admissions.
- You are attempting to log on from an
unsupported browser, such as AOL or
MSN (see system requirements above).
- If your class is
over and your instructor has disabled the the site, you can
no longer see a tab (title of class on the main ETUDES toolbar)
for the course.
- If you have been
dropped from the course, you'll no longer have a tab to the
ETUDES Frequently Asked Questions
What do I
do if I forget my password?
https://myetudes.org and click on the
"Login Help" button. Read the information posted there. If you need
your password reset, click on the "Reset Password" button.
Is there a
spell check feature for students?
Yes, if you use a PC and Internet Explorer as your browser.
This is not available for the Mac.
You can download ieSpell that comes with
the FCK Editor used in most tools. It is a limited spell-checker,
however. You can download ieSpell - A Spell Checker for Internet
Explorer at the following site:
We recommend that you get into the habit
of typing your work into a word processing program, like MS Word,
saving it, and then cutting and pasting your text into ETUDES.
This way, whether you are submitting an assignment, a discussion
post, or an answer to an exam question, you will be able to spell
check your work first and you will have a backup copy on your hard
drive should you lose connectivity.
of files can I upload as attachments in the discussion forums?
This is a list of allowable file types
in the Discussions & Private Messages forum. Your files must include
the proper suffix in order to upload as an attachment.
.jpg/.jpeg, .gif, .png, .psd, .tiff, .swf
Media: .midi, .mov,.wav, .mp3
Document: .doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt, .pps, .htm/.html
Utilities: .gz, .tar, .zip, .sit/.sitx
The following file types are NOT
allowed: .exe, .bat, .pif, .bin.
What is the
maximum file size for uploads?
Is there a
limit to the number of files I can attach to an assignment?
No, there is no limit to the number of
files students can attach to an assignment. You can attach as many
as required/asked for by the instructor. The same 2MB file size
limit applies per file.
Is there a
limit to the number of attachments allowed in the discussion forums?
In the discussion tool, we have set the
limit to 3 attachments max per post.
There's something wrong with my
essay. Some of the punctuation marks are altered by the Website.
If you want to retain the formatting of
your essays, you should submit them as attachments. Pasting them
into the editor may alter some characters, depending on the versions
of software students are using. This is rare, but it happens with
Mac users/versions of software.
login to my ETUDES account, there is no way to get to my class(es).
All I see is 'MyWorkspace.' Why can't I see my class listed there?
You have been dropped by Admissions (perhaps due to
non-payment) and you are no longer officially enrolled. You must
clear your Admissions issues and get re-registered before you'll be
able to access the course again. It usually takes 12-24 hours before
you will be entered back into the system after you have cleared
How do I
get to the top level, or home page, of a tool? I seem to get stuck
in an open assignment or lesson and can't get out.
That little icon to the left of each tool's title (looks like
the Jiffy Lube logo) is a link back to that tool's beginning (table
of contents) page. For example, if you are reading a lesson in the
Modules area, you will return to the list of modules when you click
on the icon. If you are reading a discussion posting, you will
return to the Discussions Main Page when you click on the icon. All
the rest of the tools have one of those Jiffy Lube icons and they
all work the same way. (By the way, we are calling it a Jiffy Lube
icon because it is a curly arrow that looks like Jiffy Lube's logo.
It's not really related to Jiffy Lube at all.)
instructor said that I can resubmit an assignment, but when I try
to, it won't accept it.
Most likely, your computer's cache is not set correctly. It
needs to be set to "every visit to the page" and thus you are seeing
old sessions. Go to the Gateway for information on how to set your
browsers' cache. Also be sure to CLEAR any existing cache.
on a graded assignment to see my grade, but now I can't get back to
the screen that lists all currently available assignments.
Click on the Jiffy Lube icon of a tool (top left corner of
tools) to get back to the home page, or close what you opened
(buttons at the bottom of open page).
How can I
see my scores for assignments, tests & quizzes?
In the Gradebook tool, you can see your scores for tests
and quizzes (unless the instructor has turned off this feature).
However, assignments don't automatically show up in the gradebook.
So if your instructor hasn't manually entered assignment grades, you
won't be able to see them.
says that she has sent some announcements to us using email, but I
didn't get them. Why not?
There are two issues here:
1. The email account you use might not be the same one that
ETUDES is sending to. You can check this following these steps:
a. Click on the Update Details button at the bottom of the page. Now
email will be sent to the updated email address.
b. After you log into your ETUDES account, you'll be in MyWorkspace.
Click on the Account link in the left nav menu.
c. Click on the Modify Details button at the bottom of the window.
d. On the Account Details page that appears, put your correct email
address into the correct box. (Notice that you can also change your
name and password here, too. But remember that this only affects
your ETUDES account. You'll need to contact Admissions & Records to
make changes school-wide.
2. It could be that you're receiving the emails, but your email
program is automatically sorting the messages into your bulk/junk
folder. This is particularly true if you're using hotmail or yahoo
as your email account. You can try adding your ETUDES class email
address to your address book so that it will be recognized as not
junk, or just get into the habit of looking in your bulk/junk folder
for class emails.
module page does not open completely, but just show the titles. Why
does this happen?
You may need to disable your pop-up blocker. This is
explained on our Gateway page, but it's easy to miss.
Click on the link: Computer (PC and Mac) and Connectivity
Requirements for details. Setting up cache, turning off pop-up
blocker, and enabling cookies are three standards things that users
should do. Allowing pop-ups impacts opening documents in separate
browser windows, opening the widgets and other parts of the software
where help is provided to users in the form of pop-up windows.
Depending on how paranoid users are with regard to security, other
things may have to be changed (i.e. allow downloads). It is too hard
to know everyone's local configurations... The more restrictions
people put on their browsers, the more problems they will have.