Virtual Student Success Conference 2020


Today begins NOVA’s First Virtual Student Success Conference. For three days, you will enjoy plenary speakers, panel discussions and engaging experiences that will help you navigate NOVA, engage with the surrounding community and reach your success goals. You can attend as many sessions as you wish.  Wednesday, there will be a virtual networking lunch. The virtual conference begins at 10 a.m. each day. Evening sessions are also available. Attached, you will find the complete conference schedule.

The theme for Day 1 is: College 101

Please take a look at tomorrow’s breakout sessions and panel discussions. Join us via Zoom as your schedule will allow!  Here are the offerings:

10:00 am – 11:15 am
Breakout #1
Canvas + Navigate: Making the Most of Your Tech Tools


Tutoring 101


11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Welcome Session
Student Panel: The NOVA Experience & What I Wish I Knew

Opening Remarks
Dr. Annette Haggray – Provost (AL)
Michael Turner – Dean of Students (WO)


12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Breakout #2
Navigating Community College: Real Conversations for International Students


Library Resources: Remote and Face to Face


1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Breakout #3
The VSU and You! NOVA’s Virtual Student Union 


Testing While Remote


2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Plenary Panel
Faculty Panel: How to Succeed in Your Classes


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover – Vice President of Student Services

Followed by Prize Raffle


5:00 pm – 5:50 pm
How to Succeed in Online Classes 


6:00 pm – 6:50 pm
Meet the Alexandria Student Government Association (SGA)


10 Photo Apps

1. Snapseed
A powerful photo editing app with adjustment tools and filters:
Comprehensive set of editing tools to adjust exposure, color and sharpness
Customizable filters to quickly change the look and feel of your image
Ability to edit selected areas of an image
Intuitive interface makes it easy to use

A stylish editing app with built-in camera and photo sharing community:
Beautiful photo filter presets that mimic the look of classic film
Integrated adjustment tools for exposure, color and other enhancements
Built-in camera with manual controls

3. Camera+
An incredibly powerful camera app with built-in filters and editing tools:
Precise control over manual camera functions, including ISO, shutter speed, white balance and focus
30-second timer option (3 times longer than the usual 10-second timer)
Full set of editing tools for improving exposure, color and clarity
Free filter sets, plus the ability to purchase additional filters
A handy “layers” feature allowing you to stack multiple filters for unique effects

4. Cortex Camera
A camera app with amazing ability to capture sharp night-time photos without a tripod:
Allows you to shoot in very low light and at night
Captures multiple photos and then blends them together to get rid of noise
Electronic image stabilization means that no tripod is necessary

5. Enlight
A versatile photo editing app, allowing for simple edits as well as complex artistic blends:
Wide range of photo editing tools
Built-in filter options with conventional and unique looks
Artistic tools for creating painterly, sketch and other creative effects
Mixer tool allows you to blend two photos together to create double-exposures
Powerful Mask tool allows you to limit effects to just certain areas of the photo

6. TouchRetouch
Remove unwanted parts of your photos quickly and easily:
A single tap automatically replaces unwanted areas with surrounding pixels
Clone tool allows you to remove things manually
Ideal for removing dust spots, wires, sun spots or flares

Correct distortion problems and make your lines straight and true:
Corrects perspective distortion commonly seen in architectural photos
Fixes lens distortion for iPhones, GoPros and other cameras
Ability to change aspect ratio of photo by squishing or pulling the photo
Easy to straighten, rotate and crop
Several built-in grids make it easy to align your photo

8. Superimpose
Combine two images into one for realistic or fantasy-inspired composites:
Easily combine two photos to create imaginative blended images
Make realistic-looking composites, adding planes, birds, people or other objects into your photo
Combine two different edits of the same photo using gradient masks

9. Mextures
Add textures, grains and light leaks for a unique and creative look:
Easily add color treatments and textures to your photos
Many light leak, emulsion and grain options
Layer multiple effects for a unique look
Use pre-made formulas to quickly edit your photo
Create your own formulas and save them for later use

10. Instagram
The premier platform for photo sharing, with a great set of photo editing tools:
Largest photo sharing platform with over 500 million monthly users
Connect with people across the world who have similar photography interests
Build your own online brand
Edit photos and videos within the app
Share “Stories” with your followers
Direct messaging facility for private conversations

Assistive Technology Workshops

Co-Sponsored by
the Office of Disability Services and
Alexandria Campus TILT

To Register:

Workshop: Assistive Technologies Across the Curriculum: Guiding Students with Accommodations Towards Success
April 6, 2017 2:00-3:00pm (Location: AA 158)

At this workshop, you will learn the skills and know-how to work with students who use assistive technology and other accommodations. Additionally, teaching faculty will share experiences working with students with accommodations and the Office of Disability Services to provide an optimal learning environment.

Webinar: Making Your Digital Course Content Accessible for Everyone!
April 21, 2017 10:30 – 11:30AM (Location: Virtual)

During this webinar, you will learn how to make your digital course content created with Microsoft Office, Adobe PDFs, and Blackboard accessible to all students.

Upon registration, you will receive instructions on how to participate in the webinar.

Microsoft Day of Learning

Please join us for the Microsoft Day of Learning. Walk-ins are welcome! If you would like to register, please use this link:

For more information please contact Kirstin Riddick |