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Distance Education at Mendocino College

Spring 2013    CCS 124 Becoming a Successful Online Student (1 unit)

Section 4402     Late-Start Class Begins 02/04/13

Course Description

This course explores the theory and practice of successful online learning. The course familiarizes students with the course management system used for online courses at Mendocino College and many California community colleges (Etudes) and offers practical guidance and hands-on experience in a variety of approaches for increasing their online learning success, including topics such as learning styles, study skills and time management.

Recommended Prep: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process.

  • Instructor:  Riba Taylor
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: No textbook is required for this course.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Because this is a short, intensive course, students can expect to spend approximately 9-12 hours per week reading, working on assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions. This class is not self-paced. Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes by the first day of class (2/4) and begin working on the first week’s assignments and discussions.
  • Additional Information: Please visit my faculty webpage to take a look at the course syllabus and the assignment calendar, as well as other information. Click here to read what students say about the class.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes course management system. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails and private messages, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411