The Etiquette Around Discussion Forums

We recently came across some discussion board forum tips from a website called online learning tips that we wanted to share! Whether you are new to online learning, or a seasoned pro, converting your thoughts to written words can be tough. What you might say out loud in a classroom setting might not come across well in print. Tone can be difficult to master while writing and on top of all of that, you need to worry about spelling and grammar.

All ELI courses require discussion board posts and often times you are asked to comment on your classmates posts. In a face-to-face setting, you might not have any problems discussing the material with classmates, but getting comfortable writing your comments out can take time. Check out the tips in the online learning tips post and feel free to share some of your own in the comments section!

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, contact your Student Success Coach at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076.

Fall Tuition Due Today!

Reminder!

Your fall tuition payment is due today, Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m.!

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If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s Fall 2014 payment information here.

You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

 ELI’s first fall session starts Wednesday, August 20 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 3, 17, 24, or later. Check the full list of Fall 2014 courses here.

There is still time to register for a fall course, just remember if you register for fall courses on or after today, Monday, July 28, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Reminder: Tuition due Monday!

Reminder! If you registered for fall courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment yet, you must do so by Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m. to avoid being dropped from your courses! If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s Fall 2014 payment information here. You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

Of course, there’s still plenty of time to register for fall if you haven’t done so already! ELI’s first fall session starts Wednesday, August 20 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 3, 17, 24, or later. Check the full list of Fall 2014 courses here.

Just remember that if you register for fall courses on or after Monday, July 28, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Student Lingo Workshop: Testing Anxiety

If your final exams are quickly approaching or you are in the middle of mid-term madness, we strongly encourage checking out the Student Lingo recorded workshop entitled, Taking Tests Online: Strategies For Successtest anxiety

How often do you feel like you know the material like the back of your hand, but when you get into the testing situation, you freeze? This workshop discusses various strategies for test preparation and coping skills for situations that provoke test anxiety. The presenter does a great job describing scenarios in a testing situation that can easily lead to test anxiety in addition to our internal messages and how best to control them. She also discusses external circumstances that contribute to test anxiety and how to keep them at bay before you enter the testing situation.

The presentation also contains strategies for taking different types of tests ranging from multiple choice to true/false to essay formats. The presenter’s emphatic style and her understanding of issues related to test anxiety keeps you engaged and hopefully, when you take your exam, you will feel more confident and at peace after viewing this presentation!

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, contact your Student Success Coach at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076.

ELI Textbook – free courses making headlines

Are you working on your fall schedule? Are you interested in taking a class that doesn’t require you to purchase any textbooks or course materials? An OER class might be right for you!

This past fall ELI offered a series of 12 general education courses that do not require students to purchase textbooks or other course materials. These textbook-free classes used free open educational resources (OER).

Courses can be taken individually, or as a series to satisfy the requirements for the General Education Certificate. In lieu of traditional textbooks, all readings and materials used in the courses will be available to students free of charge online or through Blackboard – NOVA’s course management system. OER materials include teaching, learning, and research resources that are in the public domain or are released under a licensing agreement that permits their free use or re-purposing by others.

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Read more about how ELI’s OER-Based General Education project will save NOVA students money in Community College Week.

For more information about ELI’s OER courses, contact the ELI Counselors at elicounselors@nvcc.edu.

Payment for fall classes due Monday, July 28!

Heads up! If you registered for fall courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment yet, you must do so by Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m. to avoid being dropped from your courses! If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s Fall 2014 payment information here. You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

Of course, there’s still plenty of time to register for fall if you haven’t done so already! ELI’s first fall session starts August 20 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 3, 17, 24, or later. Check the full list of Fall 2014 courses here.

Just remember that if you register for fall courses on or after Monday, July 28, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Student Lingo Workshop: The Writing Process

Are you feeling overwhelmed about an upcoming research paper? 

nullStudent Lingo is a free online resource that offers workshops on a variety of success topics. There are a few new workshops this semester that focus on the writing process from pre-writing and planning, drafting a thesis sentence and the revision process. Even if you are familiar with the various stages of writing a research paper, this tool offers a refresher and a reminder of ways that you can prepare for the essay using techniques like brainstorming and creating a story board to link sequences of events.   

These recorded workshops are presented by a knowledgeable presenter in a Power Point format.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the next essay that you have to write check out the workshops that are associated with the writing process. The presenter discusses the various stages of writing and strategies that you can employ in the beginning to ensure that your essay is thorough in achieving its intended purpose. The presentations also discuss linking ideas in an organized fashion as well as important elements related to the revision process.  

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, contact your Student Success Coach at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076.

Thank You!

We have reached a milestone of 500 likes on our ELI Facebook page! Thank you to all our followers! Are you connected with us on social media?  We post a lot of tips and announcements throughout the semester to help you in your course. We also have trivia and other opportunities to win ELI prizes! Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall ELI Orientation Schedule

Are you enrolled in your first online learning course this fall? Or, have you taken an online course previously and want to ensure that you are headed in the right direction? Do you have any questions about using Blackboard to complete your ELI course? A great place to start is with the ELI Orientation webinar.463461567A webinar is a live, online instruction session. You can participate in a webinar from any computer or mobile device with Internet access and speakers. A microphone is not required as we will use a text chat for all questions. Participation in all webinars offered through ELI is free, but registration is required. Prior to the webinar, all students registered will receive an email with information about how to join the webinar live. You can view the ELI Webinar schedule and registration process here.

You will need the ability to run JAVA to load Blackboard Collaborate, the web conferencing tool we use for the orientation webinar. You can test your connection ability ahead of time by visiting http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com and clicking on “First Time Users — Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing”.

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

Connect with ELI on FacebookTwitter & join fellow ELI students in the Virtual Student Union.

Bicycle Etiquette: What to know

Now that the warm weather and long nights have arrived, if you are a bicycle enthusiast, promote your safety and well-being by obeying biking safety rules. Here are some tips that will help you be respectful of others on the roads and trails and overall promote the importance to being mindful of biking etiquette.bicycle

Wear a helmet at all times:  You may think you are safe without a helmet but one patch of sand or slip up and you could be down.  A helmet can make all the difference!

Be Respectful of Others (Observe the Traffic Rules):  Ride in the same direction of traffic and follow the same traffic laws as if you were driving a car.  Use hand singles to advise others of what you will be doing. Do not pass on the right and be sure to stop at red lights, stop signs and yield to pedestrians.  You are sharing the roads and must be respectful of automobiles and walkers.  If you are riding on a trail and notice walkers ahead, ring your bell (if you have one) and announce loudly, ‘coming up on your left’.  If the walkers do not move over, slow down.

Stay to the Right:  Ride as far to the right as is possible unless you are making a left-hand turn or avoiding hazards in the road.  If you must stop, do your best to move as far off the road as possible.

Ride Single File or in a Pair: When riding in a group of two or more, be sure that you do not ride more than two on the roads. According to LIVESTRONG, “no state permits riding more than two abreast on public roads”.

Equip Your Bike for Safety:  For safety purposes, your bicycle should have a bell, mirror headlight and taillight.

Regular Maintenance: As you would do with your car, keep your bike in excellent repair, checking the breaks and tires. Also, be sure to lock it when leaving it parked.

These are just a small listing of the safety measures you need to practice when riding your bicycle.  If you enjoy biking and want additional information on various websites to include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the  National Biking Safety Network.