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IT IS OFFICIAL: The Canvas learning management system has a new website address. It's simpler, shorter, and easy to remember. Visit to access your online/hybrid courses right now.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ETUDES & MOODLE STUDENTS: East Los Angeles College is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) this summer, switching from Etudes and Moodle. We expect to finish the move by the end of the fall 2016 semester.

While ELAC is in transition, it will be very important for you to know which learning management system (Canvas, Etudes or Moodle) you will need, in order to access your course.

Please check out our LMS Guide For Fall 2016, to find your section number and identify your LMS. Once you have identified your class section number, click on the appropriate LMS link to access your course’s LMS.

The Distance Education (DE) Program provides comprehensive services that empower faculty and students with skills that are essential to success in online/hybrid courses. DE helps faculty utilize instructional technologies to enrich the learning process.

What is Distance Education?

Distance education is not a new concept. With the introduction of computers, the Internet revolutionized the entire distance learning model. With the success of the Open University classroom idea, educational institutions interested in offering distance education programs started moving to online/hybrid learning.

Online courses at East Los Angeles College are delivered over the Internet using the Etudes learning management system (LMS). These types of courses are called fully online courses. Students sign on to Etudes where they "meet" their instructor, access the syllabus and other course materials, participate in discussions, collaborate with other students, take quizzes and exams, and turn in assignment. Not all, but some, online courses do require students to come to campus to take exams.

Courses which are held both on-campus and online simultaneously are called hybrid/blended courses. Students who take hybrid/blended courses will still go on campus to meet their instructor and classmates just like a regular on-campus class, but they will also do some of the course work online via the Etudes LMS. Some of the blended courses also link out to publishers CMS that allows instructor to enhance the learning experience.