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Online Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Happy National Online Learning Day! Today we celebrate the wonderful opportunity that NOVA offers for students to take online classes no matter where you live!

To celebrate, we have created a virtual online scavenger hunt so you can learn more about taking online courses through the Extended Learning Institute at NOVA. Here is what you need to know to begin:

1)Beginning at 9am pm on September 15th , participants will have 24 hours (until 9am on September 16th) to submit your answers.

2)Answers can be found on any of the digital resources that ELI provides.(Follow our Twitter handle @NOVAELIfe for possible hints).

3) Tie breakers will be determined by which participant(s) submitted their form in the quickest time. Prizes will be given to the first 5 participants who turn in their form in the quickest time with all the correct answers. Five additional participation winners will also be announced.

Good Luck and HAVE FUN!

-ELI Student Life

 

Start the Virtual Scavenger Hunt 

Ordering your Cap and Gown Out of Area

Are you graduating this semester? Are you out of the area but are needing to purchase a cap and gown?

If a student does not live near any of the six NOVA bookstores on campus, they may place their order via an order form. Students can email the NOVA bookstore at SM650@BNCollege.com stating they do not live near a NOVA campus and thus would like to email their order. For more information about purchasing items for commencement, students should also contact the above email address.

What is Virtual Advising?

Young woman studying at a desk using books and laptopAttention Students:

If you are not able to come to meet with your advisor, online virtual advising is available to you!

What is Virtual Advising?

Virtual Advising is online              academic advising to           prospective and current NOVA students through email and chat.

Virtual Advising hours this weekend:

Saturday, January 7th from 10:00am-3:00pm

Sunday, January 8th from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Virtual Advisors can be contacted through email or chat. More information and contact information can be found at the Virtual Advising Website.

Honoring Veterans Day

Below is an ELI student spotlight post from Army veteran Evette in honor of Veterans Day.

American Flag display commemorating national holiday memorial or veterans dayCongress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance national holiday, 11th of November as Veteran’s Day.

As an Army veteran, I look back at the time which I served my country with gratitude. My patriotism and willingness to serve and my sacrifice for many of years.  Take time to recognize soldiers, veterans, and families of soldiers who are away from their family.

RIP to my veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Veteran’s Day is not just a day off, honor veterans who had defended and continue to defend our country!

– Reach out to families of fallen soldiers and soldiers who remain in harm’s way today.

– Visit Veteran’s in Nursing Home, Wounded Warrior Hospital (Fort Belvoir, Va.), and veteran’s in the hospital.

– Most of all, recognize veterans everyday not just Veteran’s Day.

Remember, never forget our debt of gratitude to our brave men and women.

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Want to write for the ELI Student Blog? Share your story? Connect with your peers? Send us a writing sample to get started. Email ELIStuLife@nvcc.edu for more information.

Summer e-LEAD Program

Are you looking for an opportunity to identify and develop your overall leadership skills?

Leadership ConceptELI Student Life has created a virtual co-curricular opportunity to develop leadership skills for students!The overall goals of this program are to:

-Foster a sense of community among students taking online courses

-Develop more self-awareness of leadership strengths and skills

-Maximize your talents as they relate to academic and professional goals.

Throughout this 4-week a-synchronous program , participants will learn more about personal strengths (via the Clifton StrengthsFinder personality assessment and access to the StrengthsQuest e-book) and discuss how to utilize strengths to maximize leadership skills and potential with their peers. Participants will be expected to participate in weekly discussion posts, readings and journal assignments)  *This is a non-credit program, but a great resume builder!

Dates: June 6th – July 3rd

Time: Work at your pace with weekly deadlines for group discussions and journal reflections.

Registration:   Leadership Pilot Program Registration Form. Please fill out no later than June 3rdth at 11:59pm.  

 Please reach out to elistulife@nvcc.edu with any questions.

Cultural Differences of South Korea

graves_photoEver wonder what it is like to move to a different country? Meet our ELI Student Blogger, Lydia as she shares some of the cultural differences she has experienced taking NOVA online classes while living abroad:

Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and moving to a completely different country is quite overwhelming and shocking. However, just as astounding, it can be an equally or even more intriguing, eye-opening experience.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, I had never been to South Korea despite being Korean-American. However, while balancing American traditions, my family and I maintained a Korean lifestyle by following its culture. With all of this, though, my knowledge of the “real” East Asian culture was limited. Thankfully, my Korean perspective has dramatically changed ever since I moved to the *Kimchi-loving country in 2011. As I still live in Korea to this day, there are so many cultural differences that I have yet to discover, but here are just a few that fascinated me the most.

*Kimchi is a traditional spicy pickled/fermented napa cabbage side dish that is served with almost every Korean meal.

  • Education:

When I first arrived in Korea, I was completely shocked when I saw a group of students wearing their school uniforms walking so casually in the city at 11pm. Considering only the American education system, I did not understand why they were not at sleeping at their homes. Starting with the basics, education in Korea is significantly different than that in the United States. Korean education mainly focuses on memorization along with very long periods of studying. Generally, a Korean high school student would stay at school for about 8 hours, and spend another 3-6 hours at afterschool private cram academies called hagwons. Most students live this intense, rigorous lifestyle in order to receive a preferable score on the college entrance exam (offered only once a year); the results of the exam determine which university students will attend.

  • Beauty Standards:

Being beautiful or becoming beautiful is a little bit more important in Korea. Every time I sit inside a subway, browse a Korean website, or simply wander around the cities, I see at least one advertisement about plastic surgery. Most advertisements present before and after pictures of what really looks like two entirely different people. High beauty standards have made it very common for even young school students to get the double eyelid surgery. Also, skin tone and head size matter. Specifically, many Korean women prefer having light, pale skin tones and smaller sized heads. This surprised me because while I lived in the states, most of my American friends did not care too much about head size and actually wanted to be tanner.

  • Public Transportation:

Because I lived in suburban areas of the United States, I would always commute to places by car. Even though Koreans rely on cars, many more use the incredibly fast public transportation system. Public buses, taxis, subways, and trains are much more practical and easier to access in such a highly populated and small country (roughly the size of Kentucky). The best part of the system is that people can access it wherever they are and literally go anywhere in Korea. There are also free Wi-Fi services in many of these public areas!

Being a border dweller, I found myself growing as an individual who has been absorbing and living by both the American and Korean culture. In this day and age, I think it is essential to become more open-minded and willing to learn about the endless aspects of the world and its diverse cultures.Thankfully, living in Korea for the past five years has done just that. I am more than excited to further develop my multicultural knowledge as I continue to explore my Korean-American life.

Want to write for the ELI Student Blog? Share your story? Connect with your peers? Send us a writing sample to get started. Email ELIStuLife@nvcc.edu for more information.

Join our Virtual Student Union

onlinecommunity1-1Are you taking online classes and looking to connect with other students outside of a classroom setting? Check out our Virtual Student Union or VSU. This is an engagement hub where ELI students have access to create a profile, join discussion forums and connect with other students. Here are some ways you can explore the site:

  • Create an Account- Once you visit the site, start by creating a user account using the Register/Login Make sure you are using your student email (@email.vccs.edu) and we ask that your username be listed as your first name and last initial. Once your account is created, feel free to edit/update your profile with some personal information such as hobbies/interests as well as what you are studying at NOVA. You can also use the Find Student search to find other students who might have similar interests to you.
  • Connect- With the Connect tab, you will find a variety of forums available for you to follow and engage with other students. Some of these include the Program of Study forum where you can reach out to other online students who are in your same major/minor and our New to Online Learning forum to ask questions and share experiences with others who are taking online classes for the first time. Is there a forum you would like to see that we don’t have?  Click the Request a new Group button at the bottom of the page and you can share with us your ideas! Starting a forum can be a great way to initiate the beginning stages of creating a student club or interest group.
  • Engage- Visit our Engage tab to keep up to date with any student engagement events that are happening both virtual and in-person. This calendar also provides important dates and deadlines for ELI courses and registration.
  • Resource Library- Visit our Resource Library page to find links to a variety of virtual tools that can help you succeed while taking an online class.

In celebration of our new site launch, students will be eligible for raffle prizes once they create an account and interact on the site. Drawings will be done weekly and monthly. Please reach out to ELI Student Life  at elistulife@nvcc.edu with any questions.

 

Join our Virtual Student Union!

lowAre you taking online classes and looking to connect with other students outside of a classroom setting? Check out our Virtual Student Union. This is an engagement hub where ELI students have access to create a profile, join discussion forums and connect with other students. Here are some ways you can explore the site:

  • Create an Account- Once you visit the site, start by creating a user account. Make sure you are using your student email (@email.vccs.edu) and we ask that your username be listed as your first name and last initial. Once your account is created, visit the Connect tab and feel free to edit/update your profile with some personal information such as hobbies/interests as well as what you are studying at NOVA. You can also use the Find Student search to find other students who might have similar interests to you.
  • Discussion Forum- With the Discussion Den tab, you will find a variety of forums available for you to follow and engage with other students. Some of these include the Program of Study forum where you can reach out to other online students who are in your same major/minor and our New to Online Learning forum to ask questions and share experiences with others who are taking online classes for the first time. Is there a forum you would like to see that we don’t have?  Email us at elistulife@nvcc.edu and we can add it for you! Starting a forum can be a great way to initiate the beginning stages of creating a student club or interest group.
  • Events- Visit our Events tab to keep up to date with any student engagement events that are happening both virtual and in-person. This calendar also provides important dates and deadlines for ELI courses and registration.
  • Resource Library- Visit our Resource Library page to find links to a variety of virtual tools that can help you succeed while taking an online class. Be sure to check out our Career Center page to learn more about the career exploration process, free college resources as well as a job posting board.

In celebration of National Distance Leaning Week, create an account by Friday November 13th By 5pm and be entered to win an ELI prize pack! Please reach out to ELI Student Life  at elistulife@nvcc.edu with any questions.

Become an ELI Student Blogger!

Attention Students!

ELI is looking for writers for our ELIfe blog!ELI_Student_Bloggers


This group will be geared toward students who enjoy to write or blog and are possibly interested in pursuing a career in media and/or journalism. Members of this group will directly contribute to the ELIfe student blog sponsored by The Extended Learning Institute.

ELI Student Life will produce an editorial calendar that focuses on various topics. Group members will submit content to be included within various designated topics/ themes.

ELI Student Life Specialist will serve as the Advisor for the group and approve submissions to be used. Students will receive byline credit on the blog for their articles. members will be expected to attend virtual monthly meetings.

We hope that by participating in the ELI Student Bloggers Group, you will be able to:

1) Identify different topic areas and themes that would appeal to the NOVA/ELI student population geared toward (but not limited to) overall student support and success in college.

2) Build connections with faculty/staff and students to increase interactions with others outside of the classroom.

3) Develop overall virtual portfolio by further improving their writing skills within a blogging format.

If you would like to become a member, fill out our student bloggers interest form.

Questions? Contact elistulife@nvcc.edu.

ELI NOVA Day Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Scavengerhunt

How Well Do You Know ELI? Participate in our virtual scavenger hunt to find out and win some great prizes! Follow the directions below to participate!

1) Beginning at 12:00pm on September 16th, participants can access the Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.  You will have 24 hours (until 12pm on September 17th) to submit your answers.

2) Answers can be found on any of the digital resources that ELI provides. This can include our ELI website, Social Media, and maybe even this blog! 🙂 (Hints will be given during the 24hr period through our twitter account @NOVAELIfe).

3) Prizes will be given to the first 5 participants who submit in their form with all the correct answers. Tie breakers will be determined by which participant(s) submitted their form in the quickest time. Five additional participation winners will also be announced!

4) Winners will be announced by 5pm on Thursday, September 17th !

Questions? email elistulife@nvcc.edu 

Good luck and have fun!!