Join us for an ELI Orientation webinar

Are you enrolled in your first online learning course this spring? 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. Register for a live session or request a copy of the recording on the ELI Webinar webpage.

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.

The ELI Orientation will cover an overview of navigating your Blakcboard Course Site. Instructors make courses available on the course start date or sometimes a few days in advance. If you haven’t used Blackboard in the past, you may be interested in some short videos to review how to submit an assignment, post on discussion board, check grades, etc.

The web conference tool we use at ELI is Blackboard Collaborate. You can test your connection ahead of time by following the steps in this ELI Student Blog post. http://blogs.nvcc.edu/elife/2014/06/16/how-to-log-into-a-blackboard-collaborate-session/

Connect with ELI on Facebook and Twitter for tips for success in your online courses. ELI Student Success Coaches are available for any questions as you are getting started. Reach out to them at ELISuccess@nvcc.edu or 703.764.5076.

Starting Today: Purchase course materials using financial aid

Today is the first day to use your access Financial Aid to purchase required course materials in the campus bookstore. Make your arrangements early so you have your course materials for your course start date!

Students with financial aid awards for Spring 2016 can purchase textbook and other required course materials against their excess financial aid–either online or in campus bookstores—from December 28, 2015 through February 2, 2016 (updated date from snow days), the 16-week (term) census date.  A second book purchase period will be open for students who still have anticipated aid from two weeks before the second 8-week term through that term census date, February 29 through March 22.

Students wishing to purchase books on-line must complete and sign the Bookstore Authorization E-Form, via the Financial Aid Dashboard, prior to completing a purchase.

**If you completed this form for Fall 2015, you do not need to resubmit the form. Any forms completed prior to Fall 2015 will need to be re-submitted for Spring 2016.

Students enrolled or planning to enroll in later starting classes who desire to use their financial aid to purchase books must purchase during one of the two purchase periods; no additional accommodations will be made. The financial aid process must be complete and anticipated aid must be enough to cover tuition, fees and books. Files can have no negative holds.

First Book Purchase Period

–          First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: December 28, 2015

–          Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: January 28, 2016

Second Book Purchase Period (for students with remaining anticipated aid)

–          First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: February 29, 2016

–          Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: March 22, 2016

zELI digital open course

Have you registered for your courses for next term? Are you interested in taking a class that doesn’t require you to purchase any textbooks or course materials? A zero textbook-cost ELI course, or zELI digital open course might be right for you!

Mobility conceptELI offers several online courses that do not require students to purchase textbooks or other course materials. These zELI courses use Free Digital/Open Educational Resources (OER) instead of expensive textbooks. You can try one or two zELI courses, or even complete an entire AS degree track without having to purchase textbooks. Instead of requiring traditional textbooks, all readings and materials used in the courses will be available to students free of charge online as OER, or through NOVA’s digital library resources.

Are you ready try a zELI class? Just look for the notification in the notes section in the online schedule of classes stating: This is a digital open course. No textbook purchase required.

Save time and money with a zELI Digital Open course! For more information about registering for ELI courses, contact the ELI Counselors at elicounselors@nvcc.edu or 703.323.2425.

NOVA Holiday Hours

Northern Virginia Community College will close for Winter Break on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 5pm and remain closed until Monday, January 4, 2015 at 8:30 am.

If you have common questions, the following information may be helpful:

Grades: Fall 2015 grades will be accessible through NOVA Connect within 7 days of the end date of your course.

Blackboard Course Availability: Instructors make classes available in blackboard on the first day the course is scheduled to begin, or sometimes a few days in advance. If you are visiting Blackboard to access your Spring 2016 class, you may not have access until closer to the start date.

Course Start Dates: 1st 16 week, 1st 8 week, 1st 12 week and 1st 4 week (MTT only) sessions will begin on January 11, 2016. View your course specific critical enrollment dates on ELI’s website.

Registration: If you have not registered, Spring 2016 registration is still open. Although the College is closed, online registration is open. For registration information, please click here. Additional step by step registration instructions can be viewed by clicking here. If you need assistance with your course selection, ELI Counselors will be available at, elicounselors@nvcc.edu, when the college opens on January 4, 2016. Emails will be answered in the order they are received.

Pre-requisites Satisfied at another College: If you are attempting to enroll in a course at NOVA for which you believe you have successfully completed (a grade of “C“or higher) the required pre-requisite(s) at another regionally accredited institution, you will need to submit a copy of your unofficial transcript to an ELI counselor for review. Using your NOVA email, please send an email to the counselors at: elicounselors@nvcc.edu. Please include the following information with your unofficial transcript:

  • NOVA seven digit student identification number (EMPLID)
  • The specific course that you are registering for (Example: ENG 111 E55N, #45689)
  • The best way to contact you – email or phone

Requests are reviewed and processed in the order in which they are received. You should expect to receive a response about your request within three business days after offices opens.

Online Academic Resources: If you have any downtime during the break, it would be an excellent opportunity to explore the free online workshops offered by Student Lingo. Student Lingo workshops focus on time management, career development, mastering the job interview, resume writing, stress management techniques, writing techniques, study skills, test anxiety and more! They are an excellent resource that will enrich your academic and career growth.

We wish you a safe and restful holiday break!

Spring 2016: purchase books/supplies using financial aid

Students with financial aid awards for Spring 2016 can purchase textbook and other required course materials against their excess financial aid–either online or in campus bookstores—from December 28, 2015 through January 28, 2016, the 16-week (term) census date.  A second book purchase period will be open for students who still have anticipated aid from two weeks before the second 8-week term through that term census date, February 29 through March 22.

Students wishing to purchase books on-line must complete and sign the Bookstore Authorization E-Form, via the Financial Aid Dashboard, prior to completing a purchase.

**If you completed this form for Fall 2015, you do not need to resubmit the form. Any forms completed prior to Fall 2015 will need to be re-submitted for Spring 2016.

Students enrolled or planning to enroll in later starting classes who desire to use their financial aid to purchase books must purchase during one of the two purchase periods; no additional accommodations will be made. The financial aid process must be complete and anticipated aid must be enough to cover tuition, fees and books. Files can have no negative holds.

First Book Purchase Period

–          First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: December 28, 2015

–          Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: January 28, 2016

Second Book Purchase Period (for students with remaining anticipated aid)

–          First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: February 29, 2016

–          Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: March 22, 2016

Students may place their on-line orders 24 hours after completing the authorization e-form or on the first business day after completing the e-form, if later.

This Week at ELI

Spring 2016 registration is open for all students! Have any questions about your spring term courses? Need to change your degree plan? Schedule a virtual appointment with an ELI Counselor!

Tuition DeadlineBe sure to have a method of payment in place to meet the spring 2016 payment deadline.  Tuition is due (or have your financial aid or payment plan in place) by 5 p.m. (EST) December 15 or your classes may be dropped. If you register on or after December 15, tuition is due the following business day at 5pm to hold your seat.

First time in college? Participate in a New Student Orientation Webinar – This one hour webinar is required for new-to-college students aged 17-24. New Student Orientation will focus on academic and career goals, reading degree plans, and registering for classes. Use your VCCS username/password to register and email ELILearn@nvcc.edu with any questions. All are welcome.

Are you ready for Finals Week? ELI can help you prepare! Finals can be a very stressful time of the year!  To ease testing anxiety, we invite you to review the How to Prepare for Finals webinar.

exam daYThis 30 minute recording will focus on topics and strategies to help ease anxiety and help you study smart such as: Early preparation, planning your approach and taking the exam.

Review the ELIfe Student blog for information about preparing for your ELI proctored exams. Remember ELI Success Coaches are available to help you succeed.

Join an ELI Counselor for the Getting Ready for Your Next Semester Webinar on Wednesday, December 16, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm. This 45 minute webinar for NOVA students will focus on answering key questions students have about preparing for their next semester.  Topics covered will include program identification, course selection, college resources, schedule planning, and registration/payment tips. Can’t make it live? View the Recording of a past session to help plan for your spring term courses.

Plan ahead: Enrolled in your first online course this spring? Join us for the ELI Orientation! This one hour webinar will focus on getting started in your courses, navigating your Blackboard course site, and identifying tips for success and student support services.

Tuition Deadline

Heads up! If you registered for spring 2016 courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment yet, you must do so by Tuesday, December 15 at 5 p.m. (EST) to avoid being dropped from your courses!

If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s spring 2016 tuition payment information. If you have any questions about using the payment plan, visit this past ELIfe Student Blog post or contact the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 or Financial Aid at 855.323.3199 for assistance. SyllabusThere’s still plenty of time to register for spring 2016 if you haven’t done so already! ELI’s first fall session starts January 11 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting January 25, February 1, or later. Check the full list of spring 2016 courses.

Just remember, if you register for fall courses on or after Tuesday, December 15, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day to hold your seat in the course.

If you have questions about your financial aid, contact the student support center. Make sure your financial aid is in place to hold your classes.

Use NOVA’s Payment Plan to Pay Your Tuition!

Did you know NOVA offers a payment plan? The payment plan allows you to break up your tuition into multiple payments which will be determined when you enroll in the plan. What exactly does that mean?pig tax man

  • The earlier you talk with your academic advisor about course selection and register for classes, the earlier you can register for the payment plan.
  • The earlier you register for the payment plan the lower the enrollment fee will be and the more months you will have to divide your remaining balance.

You don’t need to call or visit a special office to set up the payment plan. You will set it up right in your Student Center!

Tuition Management Systems (TMS) is NOVA’s new third party administrator for the payment plan. Many features are similar to the previous payment plan, but some deadlines and processes are different. 

Be sure to have a method of payment in place to meet the Spring 2016 payment deadline. Tuition is due by 5pm on December 15, 2015. If you register for classes after December 15, you will need to have your tuition in place by the following business day at 5pm.

You must have a method of payment in place to secure your seats in the courses you’ve registered for or you could be dropped.

Article provided by ELI Success Coach, Jennifer Reed.  For more resources, please reach out to your ELI Success Coaching Team by sending an email to elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call . For any questions related to Financial Aid, contact the Financial Aid Support Center.

This Week at ELI

Spring 2016 registration is open for all students! Have any questions about your spring term courses? Need to change your degree plan? Schedule a virtual appointment with an ELI Counselor!

Tuition Deadline – Be sure to have a method of payment in place to meet the spring 2016 payment deadline.  Tuition is due (or have your financial aid or payment plan in place) by 5 p.m. (EST) December 15 or your classes may be dropped. If you register on or after December 15, tuition is due the following business day at 5pm to hold your seat.Social Studies

Are you thinking about an online course through ELI, but not sure if it is right for you? Review our Furthering your education with ELI recording to see if online learning is a right fit for your current educational needs. You could also take the Smarter Measure assessment to see how your personal learning styles will work with online courses.

Did you miss any of the webinars throughout National Career Development Month? View a recording or schedule an appointment with ELI’s Career Counselor.

Plan ahead: Join an ELI Counselor for the Getting Ready for Your Next Semester Webinar on Wednesday, December 16, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm. This 45 minute webinar for NOVA students will focus on answering key questions students have about preparing for their next semester.  Topics covered will include program identification, course selection, college resources, schedule planning, and registration/payment tips. Can’t make it live? View the Recording of a past session to help plan for your spring term courses.

Student Lingo: Stress Management Workshop

As finals and projects are approaching, take some time to de-stress, re-focus on your courses, and prepare for your exams. Take breaks, stay focused and manage your stress!

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From finding time to do assignments between jobs to managing a family and a full-time course load; students juggle multiple responsibilities on a daily basis. Handling the demands of school while balancing the responsibilities of work and personal life can be overwhelming and there is a serious need for students to be equipped to handle the stress that comes along with managing so many things at once. But, fear not because StudentLingo provides a Stress Management Techniques Workshop to help you manage your stress and finish your semester successfully. You can also access a number of stress-taming tools for your toolbox through the Stress Management Online Workshop! Student Lingo offers NOVA students free online workshops that address a wide variety of topics; providing students with information, strategies, and resources to overcome barriers to academic success, and reach their personal, academic, and professional goals.

What is highlighted?

In this workshop you will learn the following information:

  • How to identify and evaluate your unique warning signs and reactions to stressors.
  • Assess your stress triggers and identify the sources of stress in your life.
  • How stress affects your physical health, mental clarity, academic performance, etc.
  • How your mind and body process and internalizes stress.
  • New stress management strategies to practice and integrate in your daily life to deal with stress in a healthy way!

 Once you finish reviewing the workshop, keep your momentum for change by incorporating what you have learned right away. Take action to make what you’ve learned meaningful by applying it when stress arises. Assess the triggers in your life, the sources of stress as it relates to school, your professional life, and your personal life and ask yourself the following questions to actively combat their impact on your life:

  •  How do I react when theses triggers come up?
  • Is my reaction to these stressors healthy?
  • What can I do to minimize the effect that these stressors have on me?
  • Which stress management techniques that I learned from this workshop do I plan on using?
  • How can they to help manage my reaction to these specific triggers?

Like this post? You may also find the Motivational Minute: Many Faces of Stress blog post useful for more stress management tips and information!

Article provided by ELI Success Coach, Jennifer Reed. Contact your Success Coach at ELISuccess@nvcc.edu or 703.764.5076.