NOVA zELI Courses for Public Access

Dear Colleagues,

You might have heard about OER (Open Educational Resource) and VCCS Z-Degree initiative before. Here is the status for NVCC who is the first community college to fully share its OER degree courses for public access, quoting from the site:

Pioneering zero textbook cost courses and degree programs since 2012, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the first community college to fully share its OER degree pathways and courses for others to use and build on. 

 NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and Lumen Learning have teamed up to make these “zELI” courses and degree pathways broadly available to the education community. These courses fulfill all requirements for NOVA Associate’s degrees in General Studies and Social Sciences. Published with open, Creative Commons licenses, anyone can freely use, revise, remix and repurpose the courses.”

To view the more details, please visit Kudos to ELI and all faculty involved!

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Two Workshops on Nov. 11th

Open Computer Lab supervisor Ms. Hussna Azamy will host two workshops for faculty and staff at Library Instruction Area (230K WAS) on Wednesday 11/11 from 3:30-5:00pm. Two topics listed below will be covered.  Please use the link to register:

  1. 3:30-4:15: Speed up your PC with Basic Computer Maintenance

Is your computer taking a long time to load a program? Are you frustrated with the slow speed of your PC? Attend this workshop to learn how to enhance the performance of your computer.

Attend this workshop to learn how to:

  • Speed up your computer performance
  • Keep your computer running smoothly
  • Increase the life of your PC
  • Overall maintain your computer
  1. 4:15-5:00: Getting Familiar with Windows10 and its new features

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Tech Week – Day Four

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College will upgrade to Windows 10 soon. It will be a great opportunity to hear from the Windows Rep about this new operating system.

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Tech Week – Day Three

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This will be the first time our IT staff standing in front of audience to share their knowledge and skills! Looking forward to meeting them in person! :)

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Tech Week – Day Two

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Today is also NOVA day. The Dell Rep. will host their demo at WC Old Cafeteria.

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Tech Week – Day One

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Tech Week

After months preparation, Woodbridge campus Tech Week kicks off today and will last four days. We’re looking forward to seeing faculty, staff and students participation.


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Apps of Week

Have you ever wondered to create a photo magazine from your iPhone? Recently, is an app that allows you to get your phone’s camera roll delivered to your each month as a real paper magazine.  The app will automatically curate the best 100 photos you’ve taken and turn them into a printed magazine. The app is free and the subscription costs $8.99 a month, no tax, no shipping and no hidden fees. The only concern is whether you will have 100 photos in your camera roll each month that worth printing out.

Link to the iTunes App store Recently Capture

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Updated ISS Website

With the great help of WSDM team, ISS website has been updated. There are lots of the tutorials under Resources section for your reference. And I especially want to thank James Murphy and Tony Vu from WSDM to explain the ADA compliance standards for PDF files and their turnaround for the request is very efficient. Kudos to WSDM team! :)

Here is ISS website or you can click the link on the left column anytime. Please let us know what you want to know about and we will meet your needs.

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Set Up Weighted Total in Grade Center in Blackboard

I often got the questions from our faculty about how to set up weighted total in the grade center in Blackboard.  Here is the instruction you can refer to and of course, if you prefer to meet in person, I will be very happy to work with you. Please feel free to contact us for individual meeting.

Set up Weighted Total by Categories and Columns in Grade Center (PDF)

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