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Welcome to Effective Critical Reading

This course is conducted partially via the Internet and e-mail. You are expected to communicate with your instructor and other classmates about specific assignments. Much of your work, however, is done on your own through reading assignments, projects, and tests.

In order to successfully complete this course, you should plan your schedule very carefully and try to stick to it. A campus course that meets three hours a week will require an average of four hours of preparation per week, adding up to a total weekly workload of seven hours. Since you are not meeting in on-campus every day, you can expect to spend an average of six to seven total hours per week on your course work. Look carefully at your work schedule, school schedule, and family obligations and allow plenty of time for each.

When taking a course, either completely or partially online, you must take the initiative to ask your instructor questions if you do not understand the material. You may have to communicate with your instructor with an e-mail message or you may have to call the instructor and leave a message on an answering machine. Either way, the response from the instructor might not be instantaneous. You must learn to move on to other material and wait for your instructor to respond.

Computer Competency

To successfully navigate this course you should be computer competent in the following:

What Do I Do First?

Start by looking at the course syllabus here.

Take the distance learning skills survey by clicking here.

Then, view the "How To Succeed in an Online Course" web page by clicking here.


This course uses online software called WebCT. Learn how to use WebCT by clicking on the two links below.

Participate in the WebCT online orientation by clicking here.

Learn how to log on to WebCT by clicking here.


Beginning the Course

1. If you are not a continuing West Valley College Student, you must first apply for admission to the college and register for the course. You may access the college admissions web site by clicking the following link:

To apply for admission, click here.





2. If you feel you may need some additional student services, feel free to access the college's Student Services Online Resources web page. Here you will find links to a variety of college resources like counseling services, financial aide, the library, career programs etc.


3. Once you are enrolled in this course, contact me via e-mail: judy_colson@westvalley.edu

Please send me the following information:


4. This course uses an online course application called WebCT. Please access the WebCT orientation page before the course begins and become familiar with how it works by using the the following link:



5. You will not be able to access the course before the official start date as listed in the schedule of classes. Go to the WebCT log in page accessible through the California Virtual Campus web site and get started:



Be sure and click on the current semester log in button.


NOTE: You will need a log in name and password to access WebCT.

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If you can't find any paperwork with your student ID number on it or you never received any paperwork in the first place, please contact:

The college Admissions and Records office at 408-741-2001


Contact the instructor of your course via email:

judy_colson@westvalley.edu and tell her you need to know your ID number


Blinking Arrow graphicYour password is the word STUDENT (in all caps)


Required Text:

Click here for help finding your required textbook.

To access the West Valley College bookstore web site in order to purchase your book, click here


Click on the West Valley College web page below to access other college resources:


My web page may be accessed by clicking on the following link:



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by Judy Colson