Online Learning

Offering hybrid and online courses is one way we are able to expand access to the quality education YVC offers to our students.

 Are distance education classes counted the same as regular classes? Are they transferable?

Yes. All online classes fulfill the same educational requirements as traditional on-campus classes.

Quick Access to Online Classes

Student Portal
Canvas Login
Student Success Center

About Online Classes

Hybrid class

A hybrid class is a model of course design that combines traditional, face-to-face class time with online and out-of-class course work.

When you take a hybrid class, you log into a learning management system called CANVAS via the Internet to access and complete part of your class lectures, assignments, interactive activities and tests to fulfill the course learning objectives.

Online class

Just like a traditional face-to-face class, an online class is taught by an accredited instructor. In online classes you will have regular lessons each week — the only difference is that they are delivered electronically using the Internet and other software tools.

When you take an online class, you log into a learning management system called Canvas via the Internet to access and complete all — or part of – your class lectures, assignments, interactive activities and tests to fulfill the course learning objectives.

Enhanced class

All course times and days will meet in the classroom. However, the instructor has chosen to use Canvas to assist in the delivery of course content to students.


Yakima Valley College uses the Canvas, by, learning management system. In order to access any type of course, or related online content students must become familiar with this system.

Canvas Issues – View downtimes and outstanding issues for Canvas

Canvas Orientation

Here is a link to the Canvas Student Guides if you want more in-depth information: Canvas Student Guide

Computer Basics

These are your responsibility

There are Canvas Basic Computer Specifications you will need to be successful using Canvas.
It is your responsibility to run all updates and add-ons before you attempt to use Canvas.
In addition to the basic computer specifications, you will need to make sure the browser you use is supported by Canvas.

Canvas Login

login button image from Canvas
*Important Canvas Login Change! After winter quarter 2022 ends, login credentials used for YVC email will also be required to access Canvas. Students can find their email in the Student Portal under “show student info. The Login box is your student ID, for example, “865555555” with no spaces, dashes, or other characters.
The password is your PIN number and is normally set to your date of birth by the Registration Office. It is recommended that you do not change your PIN. However, if you opt to change your PIN and forget the change contact the Registration Office for a PIN reset.
Password format, DOB = 10/24/95 the PIN would be: 102495, again no spaces, dashes, or other characters. If your month of birth is only a single digit does not input the leading zero, for example, 3/14/95 the PIN would be 31495. If your birthday is a single digit, you will input the leading zero, for example, 9/5/89 the PIN would be: 90589.

Additional information

eLearning may be a great way for you to meet your educational goals.

Is eLearning for me? Taking the very short quiz below will help you determine if you are ready for the online classroom. Many students are under the misconception that online somehow means less work than traditional “in-seat” class. This is a very false assumption. If anything, online classes will require a higher level of disciple and may be more work then an in-seat version of the same class.

Students considering eLearning should be able to answer “Yes” to these ?’s:

  1. I can read and follow directions, work independently, and adhere to deadlines.
  2. I have access to a computer that has the necessary hardware and software components. (see “Minimum Equipment Requirements”).
  3. I have Internet access and I am competent in Internet basics including browsing and email functionality. Students using Dial-up access to internet will be severely limited in their ability to easily navigate eLearning content.
  4. I feel comfortable contacting my instructor when I need assistance.

Have questions, need assistance, or want to “talk” about the class?

You may utilize the discussion board (you will learn about this after your class begins). The discussion board is a great place to post questions, share ideas, and collaborate with your classmates and your instructor. You may also email your instructor or other students to raise questions, often your fellow students will have the answers you need.

Should you need technical help, review the sections titled “Contact Information” and “FAQS”.

Be sure you are honestly ready for an online course

Online courses may not be suitable to everyone’s learning styles. This webpage has been developed to assist you in determining your readiness for an eLearning course. A successful online student is committed to his/her studies and educational goals. Most students recognize the convenience an eLearning course offers, but those successful students also realize that a lot of self-motivation and responsibility for learning needs to occur.

Yakima Valley College is not authorized to serve students residing and attending distance learning classes in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Applications from students from these states for fully online educational purposes will be cancelled.

Some take-home tests may require Respondus Lockdown Browser. If you are taking a test using Respondus you must first down load the app to your computer. When accessing the test simply log into Respondus using the same login name and password you do for Canvas.
Download Here: Respondus Lockdown Browser

Occasionally there will be changes to Respondus and you may be required to download the application again. Rarely will this occur after the quarter has started.

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Chrome 61 and 62
  • Firefox 55 and 56 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 26 and 27 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge 39 and 40 (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 10 and 11 (Macintosh only)

Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Below are links to guides for students using mobile devices

Canvas Mobile Phone Student Guide

Canvas Mobile Tablet Student Guide

Student Off Campus Proctor Request

Some classes will require proctored exams. If you are a student outside of the YVC district you may request an off-campus proctor. The form at the bottom of this page must be filled out and sent to Jacqueline Staley at least two weeks prior to your first exam or test. If you do not give this amount of time for processing your request there is no guarantee your request will be processed in time for your first test or exam.

The proctor you select will be contacted and must meet the requirements for the college’s testing policy. Acceptable proctors are public libraries, other college or university testing labs, or private tutoring centers. Proctors cannot be anyone closely related to you in any capacity, either friend or family.

Students within the YVC district, Yakima to Grandview must use the YVC testing labs to take proctored exams.

Proctor Request Form

Fill the Proctor Request Form completely and have your prospective proctor then sign the form. The form must then be returned either by scanning it into your computer and sending via email or use the Fax number on the form. You may mail the form but this could cause delays in processing. Please read the form carefully and follow all directions to avoid delays in your ability to take your test on time.

Off Campus Testing

If you are a YVC student and need to take a proctored test Off Campus, please download the Student Off Campus Proctor Request and follow the instructions.


Jacqueline StaleyeLearning and Assessment Academic Support
If you have any problems logging in or any questions concerning Canvas
please email or call: 509.574.4827