Getting Started
Course Intro Hist 17B
Course Intro Pol 1
Course Format
Test Drive

Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Instructor of History and Poli Sci

West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA  95070
(408) 741-2546

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History 17B 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:

  • 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.

Computer Competency

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

  • Microsoft Word.
  • E-Mail (including sending and receiving attachments).
  • The Internet. 

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?

  • Once you are enrolled in this course, contact me via e-mail:  history17b_wvc@yahoo.com or poli_sci1_wvc@yahoo.com

    Please send me the following information:

    • Your name
    • Your e-mail address
    1. Make sure that youíre using the correct browser (one of the last three releases of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome).
    2. Go to the West Valley College webpage (westvalley.edu) and click on the Canvas link at the top of the page. 
    3. Or, go directly to the Canvas website at this URL: wvm.instructure.com
    4. Bookmark the above Canvas website in case the WVC website is not responding. 
    5. Your Canvas log in consists of a Username and Password. Your Username is your 7 digit college ID #. Your password is your 8 digit date of birth (mmddyyyy). If you do not know your college ID #, please contact the Admissions and Records office at 408-741-2001.


  • Still having problems logging on to Canvas?

    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 college.
    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.


email logo and link history17b_wvc@yahoo.com

revised August 2016
by Tim Kelly