Welcome to Psychology 1: General Psychology at LAVC!

Please read below for important information you will need prior to logging in online to the etudes system.


Do we have any class meetings? There are no in person class meetings. The class is 100% online.

What textbook do I need?  The textbook or ebook is required: Psychology, An Introduction by Benjamin B. Lahey, 10th  Edition
This 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/   OR, if you prefer, you may purchase the ebook (electronic textbook) at http://www.coursesmart.com/students by typing in the author's name and searching for the 10th edition of the textbook.  

Note about the textbook: The textbook will be used often for weekly assignments. Quizzes will be heavily based on textbook readings in addition to material discussed and presented online. It is your responsibility to purchase your textbook in time for the class.

How do I set up my computer prior to the start of class?  Go the LAVC Virtual Valley website at http://www.lavc.edu/virtualvalley/index.htm  1) click on the “technical information” link on the left to configure your browser and add the plug-ins according to the instructions. This is especially important if you are using a mac.  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.

What about my email address? Be sure that you have your most up-to-date email account listed with our LAVC Admissions and Records office so that you will receive important class announcements and information.

What if I cannot login or I have technical issues?  Visit the Virtual Valley “Student Resources” “Help Desk” page where you can call, email, use the student users group, or walk in to get help.  Most importantly, have a backup computer either at a friend/family’s house, coffee shop, internet café, library, the college, etc.  Technical problems will not be an excuse for missed deadlines or any other issues.

Where do I login to come to class? The Virtual Valley website has a portal to the etudes class system at: http://www.lavc.edu/virtualvalley/studentLoggingInOnline.html  Your login is different from your LAVC user name and password so be sure to read all instructions carefully.  The class tab will appear about one day before the first day of classes.

What are some of the requirements for this course?  You will have about four quizzes, about ten assignments, a paper, about fifteen discussions, and a final exam. 

Cherine Trombley

Cherine M. Trombley, Ph.D
Instructor, Psychology Department
Email: tromblcm@lavc.edu