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On your first day

Welcome to the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) at NOVA! ELI is the online division at NOVA. All ELI courses are housed in Blackboard. We have provided tips to get off to a great start and establish a routine early in the semester! Let us know if you have any questions.

  1. Log in to your My NOVA account using your VCCS username and password.
  2. Select “Blackboard Learn” from the My Tools Section.
  3. Find your courses in the “My Blackboard Courses” section and enter each course site.
  4. Read the course syllabus in detail. Make sure you are comfortable with the pace of the course.
  5. Get started on your first week’s assignments. You must complete the first assignment by the assigned deadline to avoid being administratively dropped from the course for non-participation.
  6. Establish a Routine! All online classes, regardless of session length, are based on the full 16-week course material; 12, 10, 8 and 6 week courses will move at an accelerated pace.
  7. Plan Ahead! All online classes require proctored exams or assignments. Plan ahead for your proctored exams so you don’t miss any deadlines. Check your course syllabus and review testing policies.
  8. Let ELI staff know if you have any questions.

Review additional resources for logging into Blackboard and navigating Blackboard can be found on NOVA’s website. As well as additional Blackboard tutorials in your course site.

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, getting started strategies, or any general ELI questions contact the ELI Student Services Team at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or  703.323.3347.

First Week Reminders!

How is everything going your first week? announement for classIf you have any questions or you are not sure where to start, you can contact the ELI Student Success Coaching Team at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or Student Services Team at 703-323-3347. 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.

This Week at ELI

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  • First! Check your syllabus for your first assignment due date. If you do not submit your first assignment on-time or before the deadline, you may be dropped from the course. This is called an administrative drop, and you will not be able to be added back to the course.
  • Establish a Routine! All online classes, regardless of session length, are based on the full 16-week course material, so 8-week courses will move at an accelerated pace. Be sure to review your course syllabus thoroughly and start working on your first week’s assignments so you don’t miss any deadlines.
  • Plan Ahead! All online classes require proctored exams or assignments. Plan ahead for your proctored exams so you don’t miss any deadlines. Check your course syllabus and review testing policies.

Visit the ELI Student Blog for tips for success in online courses. The Critical Course Deadlines post and Preparing for your First Day post will give you some good suggestions and tips as you are getting started.

Log into Blackboard in your MyNOVA account and get started! Review this previous blog post for 10 tips to help you get started. Remember online courses at ELI require firm assignment due dates, so make sure you are sticking with your weekly schedule so you are not administratively withdrawn from your course. Know your Critical Enrollment Dates, including your First Assignment Due Date and read this past blog for more information about your Critical Enrollment Dates!

First online course? Join us for an ELI Orientation Webinar today at 12:15 pm (EST) – The ELI Orientation is a general overview for students enrolled in courses offered through the Extended Learning Institute. 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.

Have you signed up for our ELI March Madness Bracket Competition? Join our Tourney Pick’ em through Yahoo. Start making a bracket on March 13th!  Entry Deadline is March 17th at 5pm EST.  Find out more information about our tournament pools available on our ELI Calendar.

Plan ahead: NOVA Student Life Presents: Lost, Human Trafficking Awareness – Featuring Jamie Walton on Tuesday, March 22nd 3-5pm at the Annandale Campus, the Manassas Campus or join the Livestream! Be a part of this engaging and entertaining discussion that will spark conversation and thoughtful insight. You Don’t want to miss it!

Contact the ELI Success Coaches if you have any questions as you are getting started in your online courses. They can be reached at ELISuccess@nvcc.edu or 703.764.5076.