Template Welcome Message for Online Students

Dear Student:

You are registered for [insert course prefix and number] which is delivered via the internet.

New to Online Learning

If this is the first online course you have ever taken, then I strongly urge you to complete our Reality Check to see if you are ready to be an online learner. You will find it at http://www.foothill.edu/fga/getstarted.php#new.


This course uses the Etudes platform for its virtual classroom. If you are new to Etudes then I suggest that you attend an Etudes orientation. You have the option of attending a session held on the campus during the first week of each quarter, or by viewing a video online.

  1. On-campus “Orientation to Etudes” - schedule and topics
  2. Video version of “Orientation to Etudes” - video available for immediate viewing
  3. Etudes Help - browse the Etudes Student FAQ

To access or log in to your course, follow these steps:

  1. Find out your Etudes User ID and Password by following the instructions
  2. Go to the log in gateway portal for Etudes (https://myetudes.org)
    • Bookmark this webpage.
    • You do NOT need to login to MyPortal in order to access your course site in Etudes.
  3. Be sure to check System Requirements (left side of screen) prior to getting started with Etudes.
  4. Type in your Etudes User ID and Password

If you have problems accessing or logging into the course, go to the Student Help Desk (https://foothill.helpdeskconnect.com) or call the Online Learning office at (650) 949-7446.

Once you have logged into Etudes:

  • Click on the Help link (just below where you logged in) to view tutorials about how to use Etudes.
  • Click on the tab titled [insert course prefix and number] near the top of your screen.

Avoid Getting Dropped

To avoid being dropped for non-attendance, you need to [insert your instructions].

Enjoy your quarter,

[insert Instructor’s Name and email address]

Last Updated September 12, 2014
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