Start Strong Through On-Time Registration

Welcome to NOVA! We are dedicated to helping you start strong. Whatever your educational goals, we can help you achieve them. If you are a first-time-to-college student, ages 17-24 (including high school/homeschool/GED graduates), you need to Start Strong at NOVA.start strong

Start Strong begins this fall. The six new policies will change the way new students register and prepare for classes. The new polices are part of an effort to strengthen the NOVA experience. Five of the new policies affect first-time-to-college students (ages 17-24). The sixth policy requiring on-time registration impacts all students: new, current, transfer, international, military or any other type of student. All students must be registered for classes by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session’s start date. Once the session begins, registration is closed.

If you are not enrolled in a class on the start date of the session you will not be able to enroll without permission from the division dean. If you miss on-time registration you can still register for later start date. ELI has several start dates each semester, for students interested in starting a class later in the semester. Check out ELI Critical Course Deadlines for more information. For more information about on-time registration view this video.

Getting started in your summer course!

As you prepare for the new semester, the information referenced below will help you get off to a great start in your ELI courses!

Blackboard Course Availability:  Your online ELI class should appear in Blackboard on the day that your class is scheduled to begin.  Some instructors may make their course available a few days early.  If your class does not appear in Blackboard by the scheduled start date, please contact us at 703.323.3347. If you need help logging into Blackboard, please view the Blackboard tutorial on NOVA’s website.

Review Your Syllabus:  Your syllabus is located in your course Blackboard. Be sure to review it thoroughly and familiarize yourself with due dates to include testing due dates.

ELI Attendance Requirements: To meet attendance requirements for your courses, you must log in and complete at least one assignment by the First Assignment Due Date. Please review your syllabus in Blackboard for your specific course requirements.

NOVA Email:  Please be certain to use your NOVA student email account for communication with NOVA faculty and offices.  

ELI Orientation Webinars:  If you are new to ELI or have not participated in an ELI Orientation webinaryou are encouraged to sign up! The one hour webinar for new ELI students will focus on answering key questions to getting started.

Textbooks:  Course textbooks can be purchased at the Alexandria Campus Bookstore or on the college bookstore website.

Proctor Requests:  If you are out of the area, it is not too early to submit your Proctor Request.  Requests take 3-5 business days to process so please do not wait until the day before your test to submit your request!

ELI Student Services Team is here to help! ELI offers many resources and tips through our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We wish you an enjoyable and successful semester!

Are you ready to register for your fall classes?

Open registration for fall courses begins today, May 6, 2014!

To review a list of available classes, please click here. (Select ELI under Campus/Center)null

If you need assistance, we are here for you:

Do you need help registering for the class? For step-by-step online registration instructions, please click here. If you need additional assistance, please contact elireg@nvcc.edu or call ELI Registration at 703.323.3368.

Do you need help with course selection? If you have not been assigned a faculty advisor you can contact an ELI Counselor at elicounselors@nvcc.edu or 703.323.2425 for assistance with course selection.

Are you new to ELI? If you are a first-time-to-college student, ages 17-24 (including high school/homeschool/GED graduates), follow this link to Start Strong at NOVA.

If you are a returning college student or over the age of 25, we encourage you to attend an ELI Orientation webinar! The ELI Orientation will focus on answering key questions to getting started. For more information and to register for a session, click here.

Do you have questions about Tuition and Payment? For payment due dates, methods, and online payment instructions, please click here.

If you are looking for additional resources to help you achieve academic success, the ELI Student Services Team is here for you! You can access free online tutoring,  webinars, and free online workshops to help you succeed in your ELI classes. You can reach us at 703.323.3347 or visit us at http://eli.nvcc.edu/

Join us for an ELI Orientation

Are you enrolled in your first online learning course this summer? 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 Facebook, Twitter & join fellow ELI students in the Virtual Student Union.

ELI Spotlight: Never Too Old or Too Busy For School

We are excited to share today’s ELI spotlight written by a current ELI student. If you are interested in sharing your story on the ELIfe blog, contact elistulife@nvcc.edu!

I am a 46 year old wife, mother of three children (ages 6 years, 8 years, and 26 years old that have special needs), an ordained minister, and I have my own  business.  I wanted to go back to school to earn my associates degree and it seemed like I  couldn’t find the time.  But I did not want to give up on my goals and dreams.

Going back to school was exciting and scary for me.  It was exciting because it meant that I would have an opportunity to move my business out of the house and my dreams would become a reality.  I’ve always wanted to operate my own business but in order to move to the next level, I needed a degree.  It was scary because I haven’t been in a college setting for at least 12 years and I was sure a lot had changed. I wasn’t sure how I would do academically since I am much older than the average college student. At least that is what I thought.

I have chosen to take ELI classes because my schedule is so hectic with my obligations to my church and my job.  I work over 60 hours a week and I  attend church at least three times a week. Going back to school seemed impossible. I researched the type of degree I wanted and looked at the courses offered through the ELI program. There were only a few courses I needed that are not offered through ELI.  I immediately signed up and began my journey.

The classes are at your own pace but within the given schedule of the course.  For example, I had a week to complete an assignment and I could work on it at my own pace within that week. I signed up for two 3-credit courses and one 1-credit course. My first experience was a wonderful one. The Orientation webinar was a big help to assist me with how to use the blackboard and  understand the course.  It showed me the programs I  needed on my computer to ensure they were compatible.  I made sure to complete this process before the  my classes started so I would become  familiar with the system.

Even though I wasn’t in a classroom  setting the communication between the other students and the  instructor was awesome.  The assignments were designed to help me think and also share my thoughts and ideas with others. One of the classes was the (SDV100) College Success Skills course. I learned lots of skills to help me with my classes.  Even though I know what career I am interested in, the class gave information to help towards my goals and useful study habits. If you want to go back to school and don’t have the time to go to a campus, then you should defiantly consider the ELI program.  All the classes for your major may not be offered through the program but they have a large variety to choose from.  Even though this is my first semester I am excited to know that my goals and dreams are attainable.

Experiencing a Good Day in Class and at Work

nullA survey conducted by Red Balloon for Corporate revealed that praise is the number one element employees desire to experience a good day at work! Although the survey was directed at professionals in the workplace, the outcomes can also be applied to the elements of a good day/experience in college.

Who can argue ‘praise’ as the number one element of experiencing a good day at work or college? Praise serves to motivate and encourage! Who does not love to get back an assignment with a comment stating, ‘excellent work’ or ‘you have an excellent understanding of the material we’ve been covering’? Likewise, we also feel proud and motivated when our supervisor provides praise for a job well done!

The survey went on to suggest ‘better managers’ as the number two element of experiencing a good day at work. Who wouldn’t want a supervisor that provides accolades and takes time to explain our role and consistently expresses appreciation? As a student, you may be able to parallel the role of a supervisor to the role of your professor. When we have a caring professor that provides plenty of praise and encouragement and takes time to ensure that new concepts and theories are clearly understood, we are motivated and inspired to study and do our best. Alternatively, if you have a professor or supervisor that promotes a culture of criticism, fails to provide direction and does not recognize your efforts and contributions, you will feel frustrated and may become apathetic in your class or job.

The number three element identifies, ‘more time with friends and family’ as important to workplace happiness and avoiding burnout. As employees and students, we all appreciate flexibility and opportunities to attend to family and friends. Likewise, if an emergency arises, we appreciate having a professor or supervisor that will be sensitive to our needs when emergency situations require our time. (To that end, as employees and students, we also have a role in staying on top of assignments and work deadlines so that when a need arises, we are prepared.)

Lastly, ‘greater trust’ is recognized as an important element to a good work experience. As a student, trust is also an extremely important factor to experiencing success and happiness. Recognizing that our instructor trusts our opinions and contributions also builds confidence and respect.

Do you experience these elements in your class? As we see the parallel, we can begin to appreciate how college can prepare us with experiences to transition from life as a student to the life of a professional. Along with theories and content, life lessons can be learned in the classroom. When a professor (or supervisor) fails to promote the elements referenced in this survey; you must believe in yourself and make the best of your environment so that you can bloom where you are planted! When you do experience these elements, learn from them and begin to live them out to encourage others!

Finals prep webinar!

Finals are approaching quickly for your ELI courses. Start preparing now!

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Participate in a How to Prepare for Finals webinar. This 30 minute, live information session 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. Sign up here to participate in the session of your choice. 

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

Good Luck on your final exams and projects!

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! Follow us throughout the day on Facebook for Eco-trivia and the opportunity to win some ELI goodies!

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Did you know we have been celebrating Earth Day in the U.S. since 1970? We celebrate Earth Day each year to bring attention to peace, justice, and the care of the Earth! What are you doing today to celebrate?

ELI Students Recognized At SEAL Awards

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(Pictured above: (Left) Alexandra Willey, (Center) Amanda Morley, ELI Student Life Specialist, (Right) Amber Mooney) 

 

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, NOVA hosted its 42nd annual Student Awards banquet. This banquet hosted by Student Life recognizes the many student leaders on NOVA’s campuses and their contributions in leadership. These students were recognized with a NOVA SEAL award. The SEAL award honors the many talents and contributions of our diverse community of scholars. Students are recognized who best exemplify the qualities of Service, Engagement, Academics, and Leadership. This includes community service involvement, college club or organizational participation, outstanding academic achievement and campus or community leadership.

This year, two of our ELI students, Alexandra Willey and Amber Mooney were recipients of this award. Both students have shown outstanding leadership through their online engagement outside the classroom and in their community. We congratulate them for their outstanding involvement.

If you want to learn more about getting involved with Student Life at NOVA and ELI, contact elistulife@nvcc.edu.

NOVA’s First Annual Take Back The Night

NOVA is hosting their first Take Back The Night event on the Loudoun Campus on April Tuesday, 22nd @ 6pm.  Below is some history about this event.

take_back_the_night“The Take Back The Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. They seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

One of the first “Take Back the Night” marches was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October 1975, after the murder of a microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death while walking home alone.“Take Back the Night” was used as the title of a 1977 memorial read by Anne Pride at an anti-violence rally in Pittsburgh.

Since the 1970s in the United States, Take Back The Night has focused on eliminating sexual violence, in all forms, and thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored events all over the country.”

For more information on this event, contact Negar Ehsani, Sexual Assault Services (SAS) Coordinator at nova.sas@nvcc.edu or           703-338-0834