Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Instructor of History and Poli Sci
West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA 95070
Online (U.S. History Since 1877)
Poli Sci 1 Online
Welcome to History 17B and
Poli Sci 1 Online:
Distance Learning could justifiably be called
"self-initiative learning" as the responsibility rests with you - the
student - to get the work done without the goading that an in-class instructor
can provide. You will have quizzes to help keep you on track, but
in the end you must motivate yourself to read the texts and lectures, and to do
the necessary web assignments (including participating in discussions) that will
help you pass this course.
Frequently Asked Questions:
|How many units is this course?|
3 semester units.
|Is there regular reading?|
Yes. You will have an
average of 75 pages of reading PER WEEK, plus web pages.
|Is late work accepted?|
Yes, but you will be marked
down 1/3 of a grade for each day that it is late.
|Are there quizzes and tests?|
Yes. Quizzes are
multiple choice; midterm and final are both essay format.
|Are there any in-class meetings?|
No. This course is
conducted completely on-line.
Don't be shy about asking other questions. I
check my e-mail throughout the day and every day (unless I'm out of town).
If you would prefer to talk to me by phone, you may call my WVC office at (408)
741-2546. Leave a message if I'm not there and I will call you back as
soon as I can. But it is important that you not halt your work while
waiting for a response from me. Keep on top of the assignments so that you
don't fall behind. Additionally, I can only answer questions about the
content of the course. Tech questions are way out of my league; or as
Bones McCoy might say to Captain Kirk, "I'm a Doctor [of history], Jim, not
a computer engineer." Thus, some computer competency is required of
you to take this course.
To successfully navigate this course you should be computer competent in the
|E-Mail (including sending and receiving attachments).
|The Internet. |
Beginning the Course
here to access West Valley College's web page
and click on the Registration link
found at the top of the page. Find the correct section number for this
course in the printed schedule of classes or in the online schedule found at
the college web site.
|You can also register by phone at 408-741-8734.
|Come the the Admissions and Records Office on campus in person.|
I'm enrolled now. What do I do
|Once you are enrolled in this course, contact me via e-mail:
Please send me the following information:
|Your e-mail address|
|HOW TO LOGIN TO AN ANGEL
You will not have access to the server until the
semester begins. After the semester begins, you will be able to login in to
Angel by using your username and password.
login username consists of the following:
|All seven digits of your student ID number|
Your student ID number is generated by the
computer at the college after you apply for admission for the first time and
is included with all of the paperwork you may have received from the
college. You should also be able to get your college student ID number
through Web Advisor. If you have not applied for admission to the
college yet, you must do so first before you may receive your student ID
Therefore, if your college ID number is 1234567, your login name would be
|NOTE: There are no spaces in your login
username and it is NOT your social security number. |
Your password is your six digit
|So if you were born on December 14, 1980, your
password would be 121480
|Single digits must have a 0 in
front of them
|So if you were born on May 9, 1977, your
password would be 050977|
Now that you have determined your log in name and
password, Angel may be accessed through the following login page:
|Still having problems logging on to Angel?
If you are still having problems logging on to
Angel for a West Valley College online course, please be aware that it is
probably a problem with the seven digit number you are using as part of your
username. Your student ID number is generated by the computer at the college
and is included with all of the paperwork you may have received from the
If you absolutely can't find any paperwork with this number on it or you
never received any paperwork in the first place, please contact the college
Admissions and Records office (408-741-2001) or the instructor of your
course. Each online instructor has access to the student ID numbers for the
individual students in their course.
- revised August 2006
- by Tim Kelly