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Welcome to the distance education faculty resource center!  Explore the links at the left, and the information below to get answers to your questions.

  • Etudes

  • Professional Development

  • Technical Considerations

  • Transforming Course

  • Student Resources

  • Help

Etudes Logo Etudes is the learning/content management system for Hartnell College. If your class is in the course catalog you already have a shell, you do not have to request one. If you would like to request a project shell, you can do so here.

Log-In Directions
To log-in to your courses go to https://myetudes.org/portal with:

user id: (your Hartnell Employee ID #) -- this is located on your paystub if you do not know what it is
password: (refer to Etudes emails) -- Can't find an email?  Contact Megan (mblevins@hartnell.edu)

Need to reset your Etudes password?
Use your email to reset your password here. Or use this form to reset your account if your email is not being recognized.  No one at Hartnell College can reset your password, you must have it reset through Etudes.

Publishing Your Class
Your students will not see your class in their Etudes account until you PUBLISH it!! Go to "Site Info" then "Manage Access" to publish your course.

DE Teachers are required to have Etudes 101 training prior to teaching any class at a distance
This class is offered through Etudes, not Hartnell. There is a fee associated with the course, which may or may not be reimbursable through your Dean. You will want to contact them for more information. Find more information on signing up for this class here.

For help with using Etudes, select the Etudes help link to your left.

There are many different avenues to explore for Professional Development

Faculty Resource Center
The Hartnell College Faculty Resource Center includes face-to-face and online options for developing a variety of skills in and out of the classroom. In addition, check out the annoucements section for resources for your classroom.

Sidekick -- Tools that Inspire
Sidekick is an innovative program that combines seven free resources under one easy-to-access umbrella. With Sidekick, you have the tools you need to create inspiring and engaging content that meets the needs of diverse audiences, tough budgets and ever-changing regulations.

Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee at Hartnell College.

Faculty Professional Development
Professional Development resource including forms for FLEX hours, information on the Faculty Professional Development Committee (approval of FLEX credit), and activities to consider for FLEX credit.


An online resource for professional development courses in a variety of topics - all online courses. Some are free, some at a cost.

Online Learning Insights
This blog has articles regarding open and online education. Here is a specific article on why students don't participate in online discussions.

Journal of Online Learning
The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that aims to promote scholarship in the use of the Internet and web-based multimedia resources in higher education.

System Requirements

Make sure your computer is set up right for Etudes.  Follow this link and complete the five steps for setting up your computer system.

IT Help

Having technical difficulties with a Hartnell computer?  Send an email to: ithelp@hartnell.edu.

Etudes Help

Need help with Etudes?  Megan Blevins and Laura Lark, the Hartnell College Instructional Technologists, can help with with just about everything related to Etudes -- except resetting your password.  Contact them at: training@hartnell.edu. Looking for a training opportunity? Click here.

Open Educational Resources

Intended to assist faculty with the selection and adoption of affordable materials for students. Follow this link to find compliations of open educational resources (OERs) which are free online.

Teaching face to face and teaching online require different approaches.  If you are teaching your class the same way you would if it were face to face, you need to consider making some changes to be most effective. Are you intersted in learning more about best practices in online learning? The Top 10 practices for teaching online: Click here.

Change 1: Increase Course Interactivity -- Infuse your presence into your course

In distance education the level of course interactivity needs to be MORE than it is in the face to face classroom. Consider these resources to help you.

  • The eLearning Guild guide to increasing course interactivity
  • Create a Welcome Video
  • Consider Using Google Hangouts or Google Hang-outs On Air
  • Use screencasts and videos

Change 2: Leave no doubts about Communication

Discussion forums, annoucements, and email messages are the main ways you will communicate with your students. Try recording your introductory information in a presentation (contact Megan Blevins, Instructional Technologist, for help!) and doing something similar with your lectures or key points of material. Online students often feel isolated - they need to know you are there to help them every step of the way.

  • Are you nervous about or need a little help in the discussion forum area?  Try this advice.
  • Provide constant feedback -- respond to questions within 24 hours and give feedback on assignments and assessments within a week

Syllabus - Another Communication Device

Your syllabus is the guide for your students throughout the course, give them something they can use to plan.  Make it a "block" in Etudes.  This will force them to at least scroll all the way thorugh it and click that they have read it in order to access the rest of your course.  Tips on creating or uploading your syllabus are here, the directions to make it a block are here.  

Building your own Orientation Program

Your orientation should happen right away at the start of class (do you want to make it a presentation they can watch? Contact Megan Blevins or Laura Lark, Instructional Technologists for help).  Make it your first assignment!  It should include the following things.

  • Introduction to the course (what is it exactly that's going to happen? What the overall goal?)

  • Teacher expectations of students

    • This can live in your syllabus, but students need to be told exactly what you expect from them and when you expect it. Everything from when they should read, to where to go for assignments, to how to address you (Dr? Professor? Mr/Mrs? Hey teacher?)

  • Make them show familiarity with Etudes.
    • Take an orientation quiz.
    • Go through the Etudes Student Tutorial
    • Post an introduction of themselves in the discussion forum (this also builds community!) Encourage posting an avatar (scroll to bottom)!

More Information on Redesigning for the Online Environment

Where can I send students who are having trouble with Etudes?

When you need help, there are many different people you can reach out to - it just depends the area your question is in.

  • Dean of Education Services, South County and Distance Education Coordinator: Renata Funke
    • Rfunke@hartnell.edu
    • 831-386-7100
  • Instructional Technologist
    • Megan Blevins
    • mblevins@hartnell.edu
    • 831-755-6772
  • Distance Ed Committee Chair
    • Jorge Sanchez
    • jsanchez@hartnell.edu
  • IT Help
    • ithelp@hartnell.edu