Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Instructor of History and Poli Sci
West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA 95070
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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
- Microsoft Word.
- 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 name
- Your e-mail address
- HOW TO LOGIN TO A CANVAS
- Make sure that you’re using the correct browser (one of the
last three releases of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome).
- Go to the West Valley College webpage (westvalley.edu) and click on the
Canvas link at the top of the page.
- Or, go directly to the Canvas website at this URL: wvm.instructure.com
- Bookmark the above Canvas website in case the WVC website is not
- 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
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 2016
- by Tim Kelly