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Etudes Training 2014 for Spring!

Instructors interested in Etudes training must attend the following orientation:
April 17, 2014
from 12:30 to 1:30
room E7-404
Please email Ms. Pauletta Daw at dawpe(at) For more information

Pedagogy Training
fulfills professional development (flex) credit

This is a 3 week 100% online pedagogy course.

Email onlinehelp(at) to sign up for the course

If these courses do not work for you, you can also take the training directly through - Introduction to ETUDES-NG

Etudes Summit!


We are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Etudes Summit! The Summit is designed to bring the Etudes community together, many of whom have never met in person -- faculty, distance education directors, trainers, instructional designers, administrators, support staff, and practitioners from IT and other fields. We invite everyone interested in teaching, learning, and collaboration with Etudes or Sakai to join us, meet us, and experience our vibrant community. Etudes members and non-members alike will appreciate and benefit from the interaction and exchanges.

Please contact Ms. Pauletta Daw

Distance Education Workshops and Events

Everyone is welcomed to attend Distance Education café mini-series workshops and Events. You do not have to be ETUDES certified to participate in the Distance Education workshops. Please fill out the attached form completely and select the events and workshops you would like to attend. Select as many as you like, you will receive a confirmation notice, a follow up email with all the information on the workshop, and what you will need to bring to bring the workshop. You can earn flex credit!

To be announced

Faculty Resources:

ELAC Instructor Manual

(click on title above to view)

Interested in other useful technologies for your classes?

What is Merlot?

"Free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services." - Merlot Web Site

How Does It Work?

"With Merlot membership, you get access to contribute learning materials, use Content Builder to create your own web pages, create your personal collections of learning materials to use in the classroom, and much more.

"The MERLOT repository is not only learning materials, but learning exercises comments, personal collections and Content Builder web pages, all designed to enhance the teaching experience of an learning material. The learning materials are categorized into 18 different learning material types. A large selection of materials in MERLOT also have assignments and comments attached to them. It is also possible to add any material to a personal collection, to make organizing your teaching materials for each of your courses." - Merlot Web Site

What is CamStudio?

CamStudio is a freeware, Microsoft Windows-based screen capture tool very similar to the commercial product, Camtasia. CamStudio allows the user to make videos of anything you can show on your computer screen.

CamStudio can output audio video, A/V, files in the generic AVI format and SWF - flash - format. Users would have to convert the AVI format to other formats with other software for it to be used on the web.

How Does It Work?

CamStudio can output audio video, A/V, files in the generic AVI format and SWF - flash - format. Users would have to convert the AVI format to other formats with other software for it to be used on the web.

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

To download your own free copy, visit

What is ScreenFlow?

This software is a Mac O/S-based shareware solution. Shareware means you can download it and try it out before purchasing. It costs $99 one time and in return you get a robust and easy to use piece of screencast software. "Record. Edit. Share. With Telestream ScreenFlow screencasting software, you can capture the contents of your entire monitor at the same time as you capture your video camera, microphone and computer's audio. Simple but powerful editing tools enable you to create incredible screencasts in no time.The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog." - Telestream Web Site

How Does It Work?

Demo your software. ScreenFlow provides all the elements needed to create professional-looking product demonstrations of software applications, including games. Developers can easily record a demonstration of their software with audio and even separate video. They can easily highlight areas of interest, add text, then edit the whole thing and save it as a video ready to be shared with the world. ScreenFlow provides an easy way to create leads and bring in revenue.

Demo your iPhone app. With ScreenFlow, iPhone developers have a tool to record their applications (using any iPhone simulator), and choose a finger as a mouse pointer as they navigate around their iPhone application. This makes a nice video demo of their iPhone application that they can use to spread the word about their great new app!

Educate your students Teachers can use ScreenFlow to record their lectures, tutorials, or instructions for students, or to create rich-media presentations. The beauty of ScreenFlow is that they only need to record their message once and students can access the video at any time that fits their schedule.

Train your audience. ScreenFlow gives corporate trainers the ability to combine a screen recorded video with Keynote or PowerPoint presentations and video conferencing. ScreenFlow makes it easy to provide online, on-demand video training as a cost-effective and flexible alternative to live training." - Telestream Web Site


Course Management System:

All distance education and/or hybrid courses offered at East Los Angeles College must use the Etudes course management system.

Policy on Scheduling Online Classes:

The following policies govern the scheduling of classes which have hours listed as being completed online. This includes classes which are scheduled to be taught with 100% of the hours online or any portion of the hours online.

    No class can be scheduled as being online until the class has been approved by the college curriculum committee as an online course. No class with online hours can be scheduled with STAFF as the instructor. No class with online hours can be scheduled with an instructor who has not been approved to teach online at ELAC. Classes that do not appear in the printed schedule of classes are required to be advertised for 30 days prior to the start of the class. All classes which are scheduled for online hours need to be reported to the director of the online program 30 days prior to their start date so as to be properly included in the web schedules, to have the class rosters uploaded, to have the ETUDES NG shells created, and to be able to support the student with the correct information. Significant changes to classes with online hours need to be reported to the Distance Education/Learning program of the online program, the instructor, and all students. Students need to be contacted by the instructor or the department to inform them of the changes made. The changes need to be reported in timely manner to all parties involved. Whenever possible, changes need to be made and report to students at least 30 days prior to the start of the term.

The following guidelines govern qualifications for teaching online:

    All online instructors must be certified in the course management system Etudes, which is the only distance education course management system supported by the college.

All polices have been approved by Academic Senate prior to 2011.


ELAC Distance Education Instructor Assignment Policy

East Los Angeles College policy states that online classes shall not be assigned to new instructors who have not, at the time the assignment* is made, provided proof that they have passed ETUDES training.

*signed matrix


Elac_support is an email-based help service for students and faculty that provides assistance with the use of Etudes.

In order to best serve students and faculty, the elac_support shall automatically be granted instructor status to all shells unless the instructor chooses to disable elac_support. The purpose of this access is to be able to view specific site info thus making elac_support far better able to provide relevant information to students or faculty who have questions about tool usage in their courses.

All polices have been approved by Academic Senate prior to 2011.

Training Reimbursement Forms

* To obtain a free copy of Acrobat Reader click here