Online (U.S. History Since 1877)
Poli Sci 1 Online (American Government)
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:
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 following:
Beginning the Course
Click 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 next?
Please send me the following information:
- Your name
- Your e-mail address
If you are still having problems logging on to
Canvas 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.