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How do I take online classes at ELAC?

Online classes are designed for students who enjoy learning independently and cannot attend on-campus on a regular basis, and who are comfortable using a computer. Students who take online classes make a commitment to log on to their classes at least three time per week. Online classes are academically the same as on-campus classes, and meet the same General Education and Transfer requirements as their on-campus counterparts.

Online classes are not self-paced courses; they follow the semester schedule and online students have deadlines and schedules just as classroom courses do. This means that they start when the semester starts. Some online classes are short term classes which have their own start dates; please check the schedule of classes for those dates.

Neither the Office of Distance Education/Learning nor the Distance Education Coordinator provides academic counseling, or financial aid information. For more information on these and other services please click here.

ELAC offers a 1 unit online class titled: How to Succeed in an Online Course: CAOT 133. This course is an advisory course, and for students wishing to enroll for the first time in an online class. It covers the basic navigation of the online environment including how to post to forums, take quizzes, submit assignments, and other common online skills focusing on, but not limited to etudes, as well as the soft skills needed to be successful in an online environment.

To take online classes at ELAC, you must first apply to the campus, and go through the matriculation process.

Before Enrolling in an online class:

Returning LACCD students

If you are a current student at ANY of LACCD Colleges or applied within the last two semesters (City, EAST, Harbor, Mission, Pierce, South West, Trade-Tech, Valley or West). You DO NOT need to apply. Please check your district wide registration appointment using the Student Information System.

Returning LACCD students

How to Use the East Los Angeles College Online Application: To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup list. Once you have completed the application, click the [Submit] button located on the left column to submit the application.

Registration Information: Within 24-48 hours (weekend and holidays excluded) of submitting your application, the Admissions Office will process your application and e-mail you general registration information including your ELAC Student ID Number. You must have an e-mail address in order to submit an online application. If you do not have an email account, CCCApply will issue you an account. Be sure to check your e-mail regularly for important admissions and registration information. Check Your CCCApply E-mail account.

Online application closed period

Online application period closes two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Students wishing to add short-term classes must apply in person or mail.

Before Enrolling in an online class:

  • You must register for classes using the Student Information System (SIS).
  • If you missed the regular registration period you must use the ACE Portal to ADD:
    • When Adding an online class using the ACE Portal:
      • Only the instructor of the course can add you to the class
      • Please direct questions about course content, requirements, and/or requests to add a course to the instructor
      • Once the instructor approves your add, admissions must approve your add request
      • Admissions must approve your add request
    • If admissions denies your add request, you must clear your hold with admissions.
    • If admissions approves your add request, it will take 2 business days for you to access the Etudes course site.

      After Enrolling in an Online Class:

    • Please check the start date of your class at Academics Calendar
      • If you have enrolled in a short term class, please check the start date, as start dates vary.
    • Please check if your course is offering an orientation:
    • Information on how to log on to Etudes:
    • For information on Math online classes:

ELAC uses the Etudes learning management system (LMS) to deliver online classes. Once you have been registered for an online class using Etudes, your UserID will never change and your password will be your 4 digit birth month and day, following the example below, until your first log in, and then you'll be prompted to select a new 8 character password that will need to include a capital letter as well as at least one number.

Etudes UserID:

  • First two (2) letters of your first name.
  • First two (2) letters of your last name.
  • Followed by the last five (5) digits of your student identification number.
    • Ex: John Doe: jodo55313

Etudes Password:

  • Two (2) digits of your birth month
  • Two (2) digits birth day
    • Ex: January 1 = 0101

For more information, please contact the Distance Education Program Office:

  • For online course listings: Click here
  • For the Online Help Desk
  • Please direct questions about course content and requirements, or requests to add a course to the instructor of the course.