Online Learning2022-09-19T17:13:04-07:00
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Online Learning

Offering hybrid and online courses is one way we are able to expand access to the quality education Yakima Valley College 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. At YVC, we use Canvas as our course management system that supports online learning and teaching.

Important Updates Concerning Online Learning

How to get your new YVC email

At the end of the Winter Quarter, your YVC student email address will be updated in preparation for a change in how you’ll log into Canvas. Please log into the YVC Student Portal beginning March 25, 2022, to get your new YVC student email.

Then, at the start of Spring Quarter, the process you’ll use to log into Canvas will change. Rather than using your Student ID number, you’ll need to use your new YVC student email as your username. Your password will remain the same.

How to get your YVC email

  • Go to the YVC Student Portal
  • Click on “Show Student Info” below your name
  • Look for your YVC email in the information displayed (it will appear below your home address)


When will this change happen?

Your new YVC student email address should be available on March 25, 2022.

The new Canvas login process will take effect on March 25, 2022. We encourage you to try logging into Canvas after that date but before the beginning of Spring Quarter on March 29 to ensure you are able to log into Canvas.

Will this affect how you log into the Student Portal?

No, you will continue using your Student ID number to log into the Student Portal.

How do you log into your YVC student email?

Use the Office Portal to access all the Office 365 Apps including your email. Log in with your student email and you will be redirected to another page where you will log in with your email address and Student PIN. Detailed instructions about how to log into student email and other Office 365 apps are available in the Help Desk FAQs.

What happens to the existing messages in my current YVC student email?

Any messages in your current YVC email inbox will be deleted when your email address is updated. Please make sure to transfer any emails in your current inbox by March 18, 2022, otherwise, they will be deleted and will not be recoverable. You will want to communicate with others that contact you via this existing email to stop using the email address as of March 18, 2022. Additionally, if you use this email as a login or username you will want to update that information when you get your new YVC email address.

If you have any problems logging into Canvas with your new YVC email address after March 25, 2022, please contact Technology Services at 509.574.4717 or

Canvas Login Directions using New Student Email

*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.

ctcLink is the implementation of a single, centralized system of online functions to give students, faculty, and staff anytime, anywhere access to a modern, efficient way of doing their college business. ctcLink is about much more than new software.

As the current 35-year-old administrative system is replaced, colleges will also align their core business processes with the delivered software solution, making for streamlined, standardized practices across the 34-college system.

The ctcLink Project is made up of a number of critical components, including:

  • Business process changes and standardization related to improving administrative efficiency
  • Organizational change is required to support streamlined processes across functional areas within and between individual college departments and the college system
  • Implementation of an integrated software suite (based on Oracle PeopleSoft) to support the system’s current and future business needs

Moving to ctcLink

On May 9, Yakima Valley College is launching a new student self-service portal and mobile app that provides an improved user experience. Your college services will be easier to navigate and use.

As we prepare, many services for students will be closed or have reduced hours in the weeks to come. We appreciate your patience as we work toward creating a better student experience.

Please note: Classes will operate as usual in Canvas. For assistance with IT questions related to student email, Canvas, Microsoft Office applications, and more, please contact the YVC Help Desk.

Current Students Login


Use your new Yakima Valley College email and the email password to login to Canvas.

Lookup Student Email

Canvas Login

IMPORTANT: Check your Yakima Valley College email regularly; it is how we contact you.

New student Email FAQ

Learn About Canvas

Contact Technology Services at 509.574.4717 or

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a course management system that supports online learning and teaching. It allows instructors to post grades, information, and assignments online. Canvas is used at Yakima Valley College to create online courses, to replace some of the normal time spent in the traditional classroom (“hybrid”) or to supplement traditional classes (“web-enhanced”). While online and hybrid courses are clearly indicated in the schedule of classes, web-enhanced courses are not.

Canvas offers discussion boards for asynchronous discussions (online discussions that occur independently), chat rooms for live discussions, conversations/messages, so you can stay in touch with your instructor and communicate with other students, and a way to submit assignments and take exams.

Canvas provides you with a password-protected online classroom in which you will submit your work and communicate with your instructor and classmates. Note that your instructor uses the tools provided by Canvas to create his or her own virtual classroom, so just as your face-to-face courses vary significantly, so will your online courses. Becoming familiar with the Canvas environment and its tools is the first step to succeeding in your online course.

As with any classroom, it is a changing environment – expect each module to apply different tools and techniques. Join in, ask questions, and participate as you would in any classroom.

It is critical that you log into your course in Canvas within the first week of the session. If you have not logged on by the end of the first week, you may be dropped.

Canvas Issues – View downtimes and outstanding issues for Canvas

Canvas Orientation

The Canvas Student Success Center provides more in-depth information.

Learn more: 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.

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 Student Off-Campus Proctor Request must be completed and emailed 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. Students living in Ellensburg can test at the Ellensburg Library for a small fee and should use the Off-Campus Proctor Request Form.

Off-Campus Proctor Request Form

Complete the Student Off-Campus Proctor Request 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 it via email or by fax. 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. Off-campus testing is managed by Jacqueline Staley, 


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
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