CSU Fully Online Courses - Welcome

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Note: Cal State LA converts from a quarter to semester calendar effective Fall Semester 2016. Term length changes from 10 to 15 weeks.

Now that you are enrolled in a CSU Fully Online Course – Cross-Campus Enrollment – at Cal State LA we'd like to give you some guidance, advice, and resources to help you successfully complete your online course.

You are a student at Cal State LA and with your Student ID, username, and password, you can explore and have access to a wealth of online resources.

Your Student Portal at Cal State LA is at http://my.calstatela.edu/. From the portal, you can access your webmail, Moodle, Lynda.com and other online resources.

Our Campus Directory for students, faculty, and staff can be found at https://directory.calstatela.edu.

The following resources may also be helpful:

The academic calendar at Cal State LA may be different than your home campus. 

Here are some key Fall Semester 2016 dates to remember:

  • First day of class: Monday, August 22, 2016
  • Campus Closed for Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2016
  • Last day to drop with no record: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Campus Closed for Veterans Day: Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Study Day: Thursday, November 23, 2016
  • Campus Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday: Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, 2016
  • Last day of instruction: Monday, December 5, 2016
  • Final Exams begin: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  • Final Exams end: Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Grades available: Friday, December 16, 2016

Here are some key Spring Semester 2017 dates to remember:

  • First day of class: Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Last day to drop with no record: Monday, February 6, 2017
  • Spring Break: Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 2, 2017
  • Campus Closed for César Chávez Holiday: Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Last day of instruction: Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • Study Day: Monday, May 15
  • Final Exams begin: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Final Exams end: Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Grades available: Friday, May 26, 2017

You are taking an online class at Cal State LA and there may be a number of differences in how our online course is delivered as compared to your campus

  1. Our courses use the learning management system (LMS) called Moodle (version 2.8). You can become familiar with the LMS by completing the Moodle 2.6 Essential Training at Lynda.com. There may be slight differences between the tutorial and Moodle 2.8. You can access this training from the MyCalStateLA portal at http://my.calstatela.edu/. Click on the Lynda.com QuickLaunch button, and search "Moodle 2.6" for the tutorial.
  2. You will get access to Moodle through the student portal http://my.calstatela.edu/ by clicking on the purple Moodle 2015-2016 QuickLaunch icon. You can also access Moodle at http://moodle.calstatela.edu. If you should experience problems with accessing the portal, contact ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@calstatela.edu, or (323) 343- 6170.
  3. The syllabus for your CSU Fully Online Course will have the information you need to successfully complete the course requirements. The syllabus is posted in Moodle.
  4. You have access to all our library resources and you can explore our online library services at http://www.calstatela.edu/library.
  5. Our Bookstore can provide you the course materials you need for your CSU Fully Online Course. Go to http://calstate-la.bncollege.com for more information.
  6. The CSU also provides you a free online library on supplemental learning resources at http://www.merlotx.org. You are welcome to explore and use these free resources to help you learn.
  7. If you need to ask questions about using our technologies, you can contact the ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@calstatela.edu, or (323) 343-6170. Phone support is available 24x7 except during quarter breaks and University holidays. Additional ITS Help Desk information can be found at http://www.calstatela.edu/its/helpdesk/studentresources
  8. The CSU is committed to providing an electronic environment that is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. If you encounter any accessibility problems and need assistance, please contact the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) at (323) 343-3140 or at OSD@calstatela.edu. Or visit their website at http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/osd/.

Online learning is different than learning in the classroom. You want to make sure you're ready to succeed in your online class and there are a few steps you can take to help you complete the CSU Fully Online Course successfully. If this is your first time taking a fully online course, we recommend you:

  1. Complete one or two "Are you ready for online learning" checklists. Here are two self-assessments that are free and easy to complete. You should feel confident that you have the skills, learning styles, technologies, and time to be successful in an online course. These checklists can help you make sure you're prepared to succeed.
    1. CSU Stanislaus Online Readiness Self-Assessment
    2. University of North Carolina Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire
  2. Spend time (hours vs. minutes) exploring the student portal, the campus' technology platform for your CSU Fully Online Course, reviewing the syllabus, and making sure you are familiar and comfortable with the online services at Cal State LA. You want to be prepared before the course work starts to pile up.
  3. Online courses frequently require additional time for preparation and participation, make sure to schedule an appropriate amount of time to do the work for your CSU Fully Online Course. Don't let "I'll do it later" lead to poor grades which ultimately wastes your time and money in school.