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Etudes Basics: Self-Paced Tutorial

By Dr. Gayle L. Fornataro, Virtual Valley Student Success Coordinator

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Setting the Browser Cache

       Table of Contents:  

1. What is Etudes?
2. Setting Your Computer to Run Etudes
      2A.  Checking Computer and Internet Requirements
      2B.  Using a Supported Web Browser
      2C.  Setting Browser Cache
      2D.  Enabling JavaScript
      2E.  Enabling Browser Cookies
      2F.  Disabling Pop-Up Blockers
  3. Logging on to Your Class Website
  4. Getting Help
  5. Keys to Success

"Cache" (pronounced "cash") is a memory file that your computer can access quickly.  When you visit a Web site, the cache remembers certain information, such as passwords and usernames.  If set improperly, your computer won’t remember essential data to let you access your Etudes class Web page. 

Luckily, setting your browser cache is much easier than it may sound to a computer beginner! After finding your browser listed below, just follow the easy, step-by-step, instructions to help you through the procedure for setting the browser cache on a PC, using Internet Explorer or Firefox -- the only PC web browsers supported by Etudes, or on a MAC using Firefox, the only Etudes supported Web browser for a Macintosh Apple computer.

Setting the browser cache settings on a PC with Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the Tools Menu > Select Internet Options
  2. Click on the General tab > Under Browsing History, click on the Delete button.
  3. In the Temporary Internet Files area, click the Delete Files button to clear the cache. Close that window.
  4. Next, click on the Settings button (still in General > Browsing History area) and check,  "Every time I visit the Web page."
  5. Change Days to keep pages in history to 0 (zero).
  6. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Settings window.
  7. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Internet Options window.

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Setting the browser cache settings on a PC with Firefox

  1. Click on the Tools Menu and select Options
  2. Click on the Advanced icon > Network tab to view the settings.
  3. Enter 0 (zero) KB of disc space for the cache and click on the Clear Now button.
  4. Click on the OK Button
  5. Open a browser window, delete the address in the URL bar and type about:config. Press the Return key to see Firefox settings (Note: Do not include the http prefix here).
  6. Scroll down to browser.cache.check_doc_frequency. It should be set to 3. If it's not, double click on the text and in the resulting dialogue box, enter 3 and click OK.
  7. Close window, exit and restart Firefox to enact the change.

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Setting the browser cache settings on a Mac

  1. Click on the Firefox Menu > Select Preferences
  2. Click on the Advanced icon > Click on the Network tab
  3. Enter 0 (zero) MB of disc space for the cache, then click on Clear Now button
  4. Close the Preferences window > Quit and restart Firefox
  5. Open a browser window, delete the address in the URL bar and type about:config. Press the Return key to see Firefox settings (Note: Do not include the http prefix here)
  6. Scroll down to browser.cache.check_doc_frequency. It should be set to 3. If it's not, double click on the text and in the resulting dialogue box, enter 3 and click OK.
  7. Quit and restart Firefox to enact the change.

Students who are most successful in online courses are those who are self-motivated, self-disciplined (able to make and stick to a study schedule), and who have good technology skills.

Before taking signing up for a class, check out our Online Readiness Quiz

Once you are in an online class we recommend that you take two online tutorials, available on the Virtual Valley Student Resources webpage, or by clicking on the links below:

Students taking online classes are more likely to be successful if they possess the following technology skills before starting their course:

  • Know how to use a mouse and keyboard to select and start programs, and to enter information.
  • Know how to connect to the Internet and use web browser software to locate information on the Internet.
  • Know how to create and manage folders on a computer, including finding, uploading, downloading, and saving individual files.
  • Know how to send email attachments
  • Know how to download and install "plug-in" software such as media viewers, java, etc.
  • Know how to manage security settings on your computer through the Internet browser software and firewall.
  • Know how to use word processing software such as Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print text documents.
  • Know how to "cut and paste" and "copy and paste" within documents.
  • Know how to send and receive messages using e-mail.

If you need help developing any of these skills prior to taking an online class, study the following two tutorials, available on the Student Resources page of the virtual valley website:

The short answer is no. Online and hybrid courses teach the same material as our on-campus courses.

Online classes may even require more weekly work, but they are more convenient.

Students who have poor technology skills or who need the discipline of regularly scheduled class meetings in order to stay on task are likely to feel that online courses are more difficult than classroom-based courses.

Students who have good technology skills, are self-disciplined, regularly make time to study and complete assignments, and have good reading and writing skills are likely to feel that online courses are similarly challenging to on-campus classes.

Yes. The exact same content is taught in online as in a traditional course that meets on campus.

All online and hybrid courses are developed by LAVC faculty.

These courses are reviewed by the department chair and an instructional designer.

For course components that are online, you do not normally have to be online at a certain time. Instead, you can study when it is convenient for you, as long as you complete and submit required assignments and tests by due dates indicated in the syllabus.

Some instructors may require small group or other discussions to take place at a schedules time, which is often negotiable. Contact your instructor for any specific time requirements.

If you are taking an online class or a hybrid, you don't need to go out and buy a computer. HOWEVER you do need frequent access to a reliable computer.

LAVC does have a computer lab in BJ 103. For lab hours see the following link: Help Desk/Computer Lab Information.

For more information about the lab, contact Ken Freeman at (818) 947-2568.

No. LAVC offers its online classes through the Etudes course management system, which is available over the Internet. All you need is a good computer with a reliable Internet connection.

However, some instructors may require purchase of special programs, such as Microsoft Word, or other discipline-specific software. Check with your instructor prior to the beginning of the class for any additional software requirements.

Yes, you need an active email account. Those are available for free from Gmail, Yahoo, etc.

Regular access to a good computer

Reliable Internet access. While dial-up modems will work, they are very slow, so cable or digital Internet connections are recommended.

Note: If AOL is your Internet service, you will not be able to use your AOL browser, but will need to download another browser.

  • For more information about computer, Internet, and browser requirements, see the System Requirements.

A good word processing program, such as Microsoft Word (some professors require this program).

Check with your instructor to see if there are any additional equipment requirements prior to taking clas

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