Purchasing textbooks with Financial Aid

Do you have an 8-week course starting Wednesday, October 15th? Are you planning to use financial aid to purchase your textbooks and other course materials? You must have undisbursed financial aid that is sufficient to cover tuition, fees and books in order to use aid to purchase books. Make sure you have all the information so you don’t miss any deadlines.474087489

Eight Week Classes starting October 15:

  • First date to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 1, 2014
  • Last date to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 24, 2014

If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Support Center to speak to an advisor. You will need this form to use financial aid to purchase textbooks or other course materials. Note: you may get an error if trying in Internet Explorer – try to open in Firefox or Google Chrome.

Purchase your books early so you are ready for the first day of class. If you have any questions about required course materials, check the ELI Bookstore website.

This Week at ELI!

MondayThroughout week 6 of the Leadership Common Experience, we will discuss Next Steps- Revisiting Goal Setting For The Future. At this point of the Leadership Common Experience, we are going to wrap up our thoughts and talk about long and short term goals as they pertain to academic and career planning.

Leadership Webinar Series: Did you miss any of our three leadership webinar speakers? Want to view them as a recording? Let us know at elistulife@nvcc.edu.

Join ELI on social media for announcements, updates and tips for success. If you have any questions or you are not sure where to start, you can contact the ELI Student Services Team at 703.323.3347 or at ELIStuLife@nvcc.edu. We are more than happy to answer your questions, as well as refer you to useful resources and services that will support your online learning experience.

ELI Leadership Common Experience: Week 5 cont..

Social Media Netiquette

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Earlier this week we stressed the importance of understanding proper “Netiquette” and creating a positive online presence when you are an online student. Have you thought about how you can continue to keep that positive positive presence  outside of that online classroom? That’s right, were talking about Social Media! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and many other sources that you can use to virtually be “social” with other people.

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With so many people using these forms of media, we want to share with you some helpful tips and reminders to maintain that positive presence in the digital social world. Learn more about Social Media Netiquette now.

 

Resources:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/social-media-statistics-2014_b57746

http://www.learnthenet.com/learn-about/social-netiquette/index.php

http://www.digitalsherpa.com/blog/how-social-media-has-changed-in-the-last-few-years/

ELI Leadership Common Experience: Week 5

Netiquette in the Online Classroom

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As we reach week 5 of our Leadership Common Experience, we want to discuss the very important topic of understanding online etiquette or what it is commonly referred to as Netiquette. As a virtual student, do you know how to properly and professionally address an instructor through email?  Have you struggled with how to write a clear and concise response for your class discussion posts? When almost 100% of your communication with your faculty member(s) and fellow students will be through text format, it is key to know how to make a good “virtual” impression. The below resources provide some great tips and tools to help maintain a positive online presence in the classroom as an online student.

“How To Be a Good Online Learner” -This resource reviews the do’s and don’ts of overall communication virtually and as an online student.

“The Etiquette around Discussion Forums” -Discussion posts are required for a majority of classes offered through ELI. When you compare an online course to one on a campus, this would be equal to your class attendance and participation. This is how an instructor and other students see your thoughts and insight on the course material. With this in mind, this article will give you some great tips on how to contribute to the class professionally and effectively.

What are some challenges that you face when it comes to communicating with staff, faculty and other peers as an online student?

Are there any other Netiquette tips that we missed? Please share them in the comments!

This week at ELI!

Throughout week 5 of the Leadership Common Experience, we will discuss Netiquette- Creating a Positive Online Presence.

Have you created a Google+ account with your VCCS Student Email address? Learn how to create the account, and join or leadership google community.

Leadership Webinar Series – Looking for motivation to develop your personal leadership skills? Participate in a leadership webinar in conjunction with ELI’s Leadership Common Experience! Join us on Thursday, September 25 from 6:00-7:00, for a NOVA Alumni speaker, Omnia Elgoodah. Omina will share her success story and talk about her leadership experience as a NOVA student. Find out more information and register here.  

Introducing College Central Network (CCN)

NOVA students now have access to College Central Network (CCN). After registering with CCN, you will be able to:

  • Search for jobs posted exclusively to NOVA students as well as search for positions through Jobs Central® national job board and the Intern Central® national internship board
  • Build a resume with Résumé Builder and/or upload a résumé file to Resume Central®
  • Review your job search history within the system
  • Gain access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents, videos, podcasts, and career articles
  • Build an online portfolio in Career Portfolio Central®

Follow the steps below to get started using CCN:

  • Access CCN
  • Select “Students”
  • Select “Sign In”
  • Enter your Access ID and Password (Check your VCCS e-mail account for an e-mail with information about accessing CCN)
  • Click “Go”

What feature of College Central Network did you find most useful? Why?

Conducting a Job Search Webinar

Don’t forget – the Conducting a Job Search webinar will be offered today from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm.null

This 45 minute webinar will focus on basic strategies for conducting a job search. Topics covered will include creating a plan, identifying sources of job leads, and resume, cover letter, and interview basics.

The webinar is free, but registration is required.

Leadership Webinar Series: Joe Paul

This week’s webinar will be presented by Joe Paul on Thursday September 18th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (EST). Register here.

Joe Paul ImageJoe Paul was born in Brooklyn, New York, partially raised in Miami, Florida and is the fifth of ten children who come from Haitian immigrant parents. Joe experienced many of the social ills that continue to plague American society at the tender age of thirteen when he was forced into independence. Joe experienced homelessness, growing up in foster homes and group homes and child abandonment. Although he experienced trials and tribulations early on in his journey, he was determined to finish his high school education against all odds.

After graduating from Miami Central Senior High School, his desire to further his education inspired him to apply to colleges and universities with uncertainty. Although his parents have the equivalence of an eighth grade education they maintained the wherewithal to encourage him to take advantage of his American education; an opportunity that was not afforded to them. He became the first person in his family to earn a college degree when he graduated from Florida State University where he reserved the honor of leading more than fifteen clubs and organizations including Student Government Association as well as serving as one of the few African-American Homecoming Chief in the history of the university. Joe Paul is a former National Brother of the Year as well as Assistant Vice-President for the Southern Region for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

After graduating from Florida State, Joe moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. He quickly found out that most actors in Hollywood are starving artist so he had to figure out a way to survive. He found solace once he was introduced to the Real Estate industry where he found a passion for helping others to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.

During this time, Joe continued to pursue another passion close to his heart; to inspire others through his touching testimony by motivationally and inspirationally speaking to others and through his writing. This passion encouraged him to leave the daily grind of the corporate world which inspired a move to the Washington DC area where he currently resides and runs his company. Joe Paul has been recognized by community, educational and business leaders including public servants as an outstanding citizen through dozens of awards and recognition.

Currently, he is the CEO of Motive8 corporation; a motivational speaking and corporate training organization. He is also a Professional Speaker, Certified Life Coach, and Blogger through www.JoePaulSpeaks.com. He is the author of “Morning Cup of Joe” and a devoted philanthropist. He respectively served as a board member of The Urban League and currently serves as a board member of the DC Seminole Alumni Association. He is a former national board member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the MLK Foundation and is a current member of the NAACP Washington DC Branch and The Florida State Society of Washington DC. He is also the Founder and Senior Advisor for the “Toys for Boys” Initiative as well as the Chief Proprietor for The Haitian heART Gallery nonprofit organization where he raises funds through showcasing and auctioning Haitian art with the ultimate goal of building schools focused on the arts and humanity in Haiti.

ELI Leadership Common Experience: Week 4

Week 4 blog posts focus on the topic of Job and Career Exploration. The posts for this week are provided by ELI Counselor, Christy Jensen.

186090306During week two of the leadership common experience you learned about the importance of understanding self in the college environment. Self-assessment is also a key element in helping an individual identify an occupation or career that will be satisfying and fulfilling.  All NOVA students have access to FOCUS 2 – an interactive, self-guided career and education planning system that can help you with the following:

  • Select a major/program based on your interests and aspirations
  • Discover occupations matching your personal preferences and attributes
  • Map out your career plans, present and future
  • Make informed career decisions

The “Self-Assessment” section of FOCUS 2 includes assessments in the areas of work interest, personality, skills, and values. After responding to a few questions, you can begin to identify occupations/careers that are consistent with your work interests, personality, skills, and/or values. Be sure to follow-up with me by email or another NOVA career counselor if you have any questions about the assessments or to discuss your results. Students using FOCUS 2 for the first time will need to create an account. This is a simple, quick process. Learn more and get started with FOCUS 2.

While there are many resources available to help you explore career options, two additional ones I would like to highlight are your instructor/professor and the Exploring Career Options webinar.

During week three of the leadership common experience Instructor Hatheway shared – “If this course is in an area that you are considering pursuing as a career, ask your instructor for her/his insider knowledge, tips, resources, and so on. Teachers are nothing if not passionate about their subjects and desirous of helping students develop into the professionals they want to become.” This was an excellent suggestion as your instructor/professor can provide you with a first-hand look at the field. Not sure where to begin the conversation? Two questions to get started – How did you get started in <insert area/field of interest>? What advice would you give to someone interested in getting started in <insert area/field of interest>?

The Exploring Career Options webinar is a 45 minute webinar that focuses on using various online resources to research career options.  The relationship between programs of study at NOVA, college majors, and career options are discussed.  Resources presented provide information on nature of work, educational requirements, job outlook, and wages. When you register for the webinar you will receive several handouts that should be helpful to you with your career exploration. Request a free copy of a recorded session.

What occupation/career resource did you find most helpful? Why? What questions do you have about exploring career options?

This week at ELI!

Throughout week 4 of the ELI Leadership Common Experience we will be discussing Job and Career Exploration. We have a guest blogger, ELI Counselor, Christy Jensen, who will talk about creating and defining your academic and career plan.

Join Christy Jensen for a 45 minute Conducting a Job Search webinar on Wednesday, September 17 at 12:15pm. Topics covered will include creating a plan, identifying sources of job leads, and resume, cover letter, and interview basics.

Have you created a Google+ account with your VCCS Student Email address? Learn how to create the account, and join or leadership google community.

Leadership Webinar Series – Looking for motivation to develop your personal leadership skills? Participate in a leadership webinar in conjunction with ELI’s Leadership Common Experience! Join us on Thursday, September 18 from 7:00-8:00, for our keynote speaker.  Joe Paul will speak about making the most of your time as an online student. Find out more information and register here.