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Ten #ELITips to get you started!

Be sure to check your Blackboard course site on a regular basis throughout the semester to make sure you don’t miss any course specific deadlines. Check each folder and read announcements from your instructors.

It is important to be aware of Critical Course Deadlines for your courses. In addition, you also want to be aware of course specific deadlines. Get started immediately so you don’t miss any deadlines.

ELI Student Life offers various in-person and virtual events throughout the semester to help connect you to peers, faculty and staff. Join us!

Take advantage of NOVA’s Library Services from your home computer. You can access resources and refer-ences from the Library database with your VCCS username and password.

Do you have any general ELI questions? The Live Chat is a great option to ask general questions, but re-member your instructors are available if you have course specific questions.

Proctor U is an online proctoring service available for some ELI courses. This service gives you the oppor-tunity to take your exams from your home computer using a web cam, microphone and speakers.

Try using Smarthinking for 24/7 online tutoring.

Checking your Student E-Mail Account is important throughout the semester. You will get updates and an-nouncements from your instructor as well as from ELI. Get in the habit of checking this e-mail.

24/7 Tech Support is available from NOVA.

ELI offers several webinars throughout the semester to help you succeed. Check out live sessions or request a copy of a recording.

Smarter Measure Assessment

Are you ready for Online Learning at ELI?

SmarterMeasure is an assessment that measures learner readiness for Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute. SmarterMeasure is an indicator of the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment will be a good fit for you.

SmarterMeasure is meant to be an interesting experience by which you may learn more
about yourself, online learning, and how to succeed! Your SmarterMeasure score will not
prevent you from registering for online classes. Take your time to rate yourself honestly. It
is a tool that will help you assess your strengths and opportunities for growth related to
online learning in 6 areas.

1. Life Factors
2. Individual Attributes – procrastination, time management, willingness to ask for help, academic attributes
3. Learning Styles – what is your predominant learning style?
4. Technical Competency, Skills, and Knowledge
5. Reading Rate and Recall
6. Typing Speed and Accuracy

You will receive a full color report immediately following the completion of all areas of
SmarterMeasure. You may email this report, print it, or download and save for future
reference. It also provides some remedial tools related to each area.

If you are visiting Northern Virginia Community College Extended Learning Institute and would like to determine if distance learning is right for you, please email elicounselors@nvcc.edu for your user name and password.

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You, the ELI student!

You, the student, must take an active approach to your learning. The instructor has structured the course for you and will give you feedback, but you are responsible for learning the material. Not only will you read the material and complete assignments, but you will also interpret important issues and ask questions when you need clarification. You are also responsible for keeping motivated and engaged with the course content. “You get out what you put in.”

Here are some tips to help you succeed:

Review course information thoroughly. Obtain your course information from the ELI Web Site, then choose your semester, discipline and course.

Know your critical enrollment dates: Enrollment, Refund, First Assignment Due Date, Inactive Students Dropped, Withdrawal and End of Enrollment. These dates are listed on your Syllabus.

For all official correspondence, use your VCCS email account assigned by the college.
Purchase your course textbook and other related materials.

Courses are made available the first day the course is scheduled to begin. Once the course is available in Blackboard it will be listed under “My Courses” on the main Blackboard page. If the course does not show under “My Courses” on the start date of your course, contact the instructor or call the ELI Hotline at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 4DL-NVCC.

Complete and submit the first assignment.

Set up a schedule and stick to it.

Contact your instructor if you have questions, need assistance, need to withdraw from the course after your Last Withdrawal Date or request an extension on an assignment.

Welcome to ELI!

Whether this is your first online class, first online class with ELI or you are a returning ELI student who is interested in a review, a great place to start is with the ELI Orientation webinar.

A webinar is a live online instruction session. You can participate in a webinar from any computer with reliable high-speed Internet. Participation in all webinars offered through ELI is free, but registration is required. Once you have registered, you will receive an automatic email with more information about how to join the webinar live. You can view the ELI Webinar schedule and registration process here.

The ELI Orientation webinar is a live, one hour online instruction session that focuses on getting started in your courses, navigating your Blackboard course site, and identifying tips for success and student support services. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you have before you start your course.

First Online CourseIf you have any questions about getting started in your ELI course, contact Katie Aimone, ELI Orientation Specialist at 703.323.3510 or elistulife@nvcc.edu. We look forward to working with you this spring and hope you get off to a great start!

ELI Webinar Schedule

ELI offers several webinars throughout the semester. A webinar is a web-based seminar. Using the computer of your choice and an internet connection, you will be able to see the live presentation and listen in using your computer speakers. A microphone is not required as a text chat feature will be utilized during the webinars for participants to ask questions.

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Send an e-mail to elicounselors@nvcc.edu if you have questions about any of the webinars. If you encounter any problems with registering for or joining a webinar call 703.764.5051 or email enova-support@nvcc.edu for assistance. Additional webinars will be offered in the future.

Visit ELI’s webinar page often for a current list of programs.

National Career Development Month

November was National Career Development Month. At ELI, we celebrated the month in several ways. We posted inspirational career quotes on our Twitter and Facebook pages. You can check out the quotes by searching #NCDM. Let us know what your favorites are!

The ELI Counselors offered several webinars throughout the month. You can check out achieved webinars here and also check back for more live sessions. ELI Student Life offered a chance to have a free professional headshot taken to use on social media sites. Check out the ELI Student Life calendar for more events!

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. Oprah Winfrey

Spring Registration

Registration for the spring semester at Northern Virginia Community College is now open. Students can search the course catalog and register for their classes early while the most choices are available and defer tuition payment until Dec. 17. Starting Dec. 17, tuition is due by 5 p.m. on the next business day after registering.

ELI offers hundreds of online courses each semester. For more information about ELI and to learn if online learning is right for you, visit the ELI Orientation section of our website.

The WeTap App

The WeTap app, currently available for android users, is designed to help people find water fountains in any city in the world. This app allows users to find and rate water fountains throughout any city, using GPS and Google Maps. If one of your goals this semester was to cut down on the use of plastic water bottles, this app should help you find clean drinking water throughout the city!

Check it out here and let us know what you think.