Register for TOTAL Workshops

Register for TOTAL Workshops

Register for TOTAL WorkshopsNOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) announces its schedule of Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) workshops for the semester:

Start Date     Workshop Title     Length of Workshop
September 22     Using Best Practices in Online Teaching     4 weeks
    Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities     3 weeks
    VCCS Blackboard Basics     3 weeks
October 27     Establishing Social Presence     3 weeks
    Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback     4 weeks
    VCCS Blackboard Basics     3 weeks


The TOTAL professional development workshops are intended for faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses. Each workshop focuses on a single topic, so you can build an individualized professional development plan by selecting only the workshops you need. We suggest taking one workshop at a time. All workshops are offered multiple times during the year. See the TOTAL project website for workshop descriptions.

The workshops are facilitated online in Blackboard and involve reading resource materials, completing assignments and interacting with colleagues. Each workshop requires about five hours of work each week. Assignments are due weekly (sometimes mid-weekly) and are graded. If you complete all assignments and achieve an 80 percent or higher average, you receive a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) certificate of completion.

Registration is now open via NOVA Academy and closes at noon on the Friday before the workshop start date. Search for VCCS TOTAL to see the list of workshops. Ignore the “classroom” delivery designation; the workshops are conducted online in Blackboard, which NOVA Academy does not recognize. Click on a workshop title to see the sections. Click on a section to enroll or manage your enrollment. See HR’s professional development page on the NOVA website for NOVA Academy login directions and a user guide.

For questions, contact Bob Loser at


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