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online course format

As you are thinking about future online courses through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) give thought to the course format and pacing of online courses.

  • Format
  • Technology
  • Time Required

Although online learning and on-campus courses cover the same content, the format is different. ELI courses are flexible, with stated deadlines, meaning, you can work on your course at any point throughout the week, but will need to meet weekly or even mid-weekly due dates. ELI requires proctored/supervised exams to be completed within the stated course deadlines. Some courses may also be accelerated with the instructor’s permission.

Technology provides content and interaction. ELI courses use Blackboard as the course management system to communicate and facilitate class discussions. Students are required to use their VCCS student email account to communicate with the instructor.

Online learning courses usually require at least as much time as you would spend taking a campus-based course. You should plan to study at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit. In other words, for a 16-week, three-credit course, you would study 6-9 hours per week. For 12, 10, 8 or 6-week courses, more time would need to be scheduled to complete your requirements. When you compare this time with what you spend in class and studying outside of class, it is about the same.

Here is a chart that illustrates the general amount of time per week you should expect to study per credit hour based on the course length. For example, if you enroll in an 8-week, 3-credit class, you can expect to spend 12-18 hours per week studying for this class. In general, the shorter the class length (8-, 12-, 10-, or 16-week), the more hours of study time you can expect to spend per week per credit.

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We encourage you to participate in an ELI Orientation to help as you are getting started in your first online course. You can view short videos from Blackboard to review how to submit an assignment, post on discussion board, check grades, etc.

For more information about getting started at ELI, please email elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076. Have a question, but not sure who to ask? Start with a Success Coach!

Tuition Deadline – Fall 2016

Tuition is currently due by 5pm the following business day after enrollment. ELI’s first fall session started on Monday, August 22 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 12, 26, or later. Check the full list of fall 2016 courses here.

If you registered for fall 2016 courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment or have your financial aid in place, you must do so by 5pm the following business day to avoid being dropped from your courses!

If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s payment information for details. You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

For more information about Financial Aid at NOVA, you can visit the Financial Aid Support Center or review the Financial Aid Video.

Updated: 9/9/2016

Purchase Textbooks & Course Materials using Financial Aid

Students with financial aid awards for Fall 2015 can purchase required books and supplies that correlate with registered courses for the fall semester using their excess financial aid – either online or in campus bookstores – from October 7-29.

If you completed the online Bookstore Authorization form for the summer 2015, it will NOT remain valid for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. If you previously completed the form for 2014-2015 (including Summer 2015), it must be resubmitted with a valid electronic signature.

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. 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.

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

–First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 7, 2015

–Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 29, 2015

You may place your on-line order 24 hours after completing the authorization e-form or on the first business day after completing the e-form, if later. Search the  online bookstore for the textbooks and course materials required for your ELI courses.

Understanding your online syllabus

Thoroughly reading your syllabus and addressing questions at the beginning of the semester, will help you succeed from the first to the last day of class!null

You will have access to your course the first day the class is scheduled to begin or sometimes a few days in advance. Once you have access to your course in blackboard, you can start navigating the virtual classroom and get comfortable with the platform. You can start by reading through the online syllabus to get an idea of the course expectations.

Your online course syllabus serves as a blueprint for your course. This is such an important document that to reinforce it, some instructors may require you to complete a syllabus quiz, acknowledging that you have read and understand the important information laid out in the syllabus.

If you have a concerns or questions about assignments, check your syllabus and you may find the answer. The online course syllabus will help you manage your time by enabling you to map out and plan your projects, assignments and quiz/test dates. In addition to providing your instructor’s contact information and office hours, it might even provide resources to help you study and learn more about your course subject.

ELI offers a video to help you Review Your Online Syllabus.

If you have questions or would like some additional help, the ELI Student Success Coaching Team is here for you. Coaches can be reached at 703.764.5076 or elisuccess@nvcc.edu.

10 Tips to Get You Started!

Below are some tips to help you get started in your ELI classes today! 484765389Be sure to check your Blackboard course site on a regular basis throughout the semester to make sure you don’t miss any course specific deadlines. Check each folder and read announcements from your instructors.

It is important to be aware of Critical Course Deadlines for your courses. In addition, you also want to be aware of course specific deadlines. Get started immediately so you don’t miss any deadlines.

ELI Student Life offers various in-person and virtual events throughout the semester to help connect you to peers, faculty and staff. Join us!

Take advantage of NOVA’s Library Services from your home computer. You can access resources and references from the Library database with your VCCS username and password.

Do you have any general ELI questions? Live Chat (bottom right)  or ELI Hotline – 703.323.3347 is a great option to ask general questions, but remember your instructors are available if you have course specific questions.

Proctor U is an online proctoring service available for some ELI courses. This service is available for some ELI courses and gives you the opportunity to take your exams from your home computer using a web cam, microphone and speakers.

Try using Smarthinking for 24/7 online tutoring.

Checking your Student E-Mail Account is important throughout the semester. You will get updates and announcements from your instructor as well as from ELI. Get in the habit of checking this e-mail.

24/7 Tech Support is available from NOVA by calling 703.764.5051.

ELI offers several webinars throughout the semester to help you succeed. Check out live sessions or request a copy of a recording.

and one more … #11 Financial Aid assistance is available 24/7 by calling 1-855-323-3199 or at the Student Support Center.

Not your first ELI course? What tips would you share with a new student?

Start Strong at NOVA

Welcome to ELI! 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 strongThe 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). New students are required to attend a Student Orientation and meet with a First Year Advisor. As a new ELI student, you can attend a campus Student Orientation, or you can work with ELI virtually to get started.

As you are getting started, utilize your Student Success Planner to help guide your academic goals throughout your NOVA degree. You will also need to take the SmarterMeasure assessment early to help you gage your readiness for online learning.

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.

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.

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.

It’s not too late to register for a summer course

Although summer courses have already begun, it’s not too late to register for an ELI course. If you have not signed up, we have two more upcoming course start dates/sessions to fit your schedule:

  • 2nd 6-week session: Monday, June 30, 2014 through Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • 3rd  4-week session: Monday, July 14, 2014 through Sunday, August 10, 2014 (MTT 1 only)

The following courses are available:

•    ENG 112 E88N – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    HIS 101 E85L and E86L – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    HIS 102 E86L – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    HIS 112 E85L – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    MTT 1 E95L – 4-week session, starts July 14, 2014

It is important to understand your course length and critical enrollment dates for your ELI course.  Each course has specific start, refund, first assignment due date, withdrawal, and end dates that you should be aware of when you select a particular course. ELI course dates and descriptions can be found by following this link. Your course will also have specific weekly or mid-weekly due dates.

For a comprehensive list of our summer courses, follow this link.  If you need assistance with your course selection, contact an ELI Counselor at elicounselors@nvcc.edu or 703.323.2425.

Once you have registered, you must pay your tuition by 5pm on the next day to prevent being dropped from your classes.

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.