Welcome to Psychology 66: Introduction to Critical Thinking!
Please read the information below for important information you will need prior to logging in online to the Etudes class system.
FAQs and Helpful Tips
Do we have any class meetings?
There are no in person class meetings. The class is 100% online.
What textbook do I need?
1) The required textbook or ebook is Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking by M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley, 9th Edition. (No other editions should be used.)
This required textbook may be purchased from the LAVC Bookstore in-person or the LAVC Bookstore online (shipped to your address). The website for the LAVC bookstore online purchasing is http://www.lavcbookstore.com; pick the term and click “go”, then select the department, course number, and your section.
OR, if you prefer, you may purchase the ebook (electronic textbook) at http://www.coursesmart.com/9780205650910
2) Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking, by Vincent Ruggiero any edition (recommended)
This recommended book is currently only available through amazon.com or other online vendors used or new. Used usually sells for about $5.00 with shipping.
Note about the textbooks: The textbooks will be used often in this class. Quizzes are based heavily on the textbook readings and the material discussed and presented online. It is your responsibility to purchase your textbook in time for the start of this class.
How do I set up my computer prior to the start of class?
LAVC uses an online software program called “Etudes”. Even if you have taken an Etudes class before, you will want to check your settings and make certain you are using only the recommended browsers and version. Failure to set up your computer properly may result in problems and impede your success in this class. Etudes recommends using Firefox version 3.0; if you do decide to use Internet Explorer, please make sure you use version 7, not 8.
Step 1: To learn how to set up your computer browser please visit https://myetudes.org/portal and click on the link for “system requirements” on the left navigation bar.
Step 2: Go the LAVC Virtual Valley website at http://www.lavc.edu/virtualvalley/index.htm 1) click on the “technical information” link on the left and scroll down the page to add the plug-ins according to the instructions. 2) click on the link to take the “online learning success tutorial”, 3) click on the link and read the FAQ’s, 4) click on the “student resources” link, and then click on the “are you ready for online learning” link to take the student skills quiz. Surf around this site to learn more about online learning at LAVC.
Can I use a Mac?
Yes, however, you need to use only the recommended browsers/versions or you will experience problems. See above.
Do I need an email address? YES! In order to receive important class information, reminders, and due dates, you need to have your most up-to-date email address listed with our LAVC Admissions and Records office. To check what email address you have listed on the system, go to the online student registration system here. If you do not have an email address you can get one for free from websites such as Yahoo or Google.
Once you login to Etudes you can also change or verify your email address again in the “my workspace” area.
Where do I login to come to class?
The Virtual Valley website has instructions on how to login to the Etudes class system at: http://www.lavc.edu/virtualvalley/loggingonline.htm
It’s also best to bookmark the Etudes site at http://etudes.org/
Note: Your Etudes login information is different from your LAVC user name and password so be careful to follow the login instructions carefully on the LAVC Virtual Valley site.
Once you login, you will see a tab for “my workspace” where you can enter or verify your email address. The Psych 66 class tab will appear approximately one day before the first day of classes.
What if I cannot login or I have technical issues?
Visit the Virtual Valley “Help Desk” page at http://www.lavc.edu/virtualvalley/helpdesk.htm where you can call, email, or walk in to get help. If you are unable to login, email me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Technical problems will not be accepted as an excuse for missed deadlines or any other issues. It is always best to have a backup plan (i.e. a computer at a friend/family’s house, Fedex/Kinkos (usually open 24 hours), internet café, public library, the college, etc.).
What are some of the requirements for this course? This class includes interactive weekly online discussions, 4-7 online assignments, several quizzes, a short paper, and a final exam. The syllabus will be available once the class site opens.
I look forward to meeting you online in the fall!
Cherine M. Trombley, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department