TOTAL Workshops Available

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


Start Date Workshop Title Length of workshop
June 1 Blackboard Basics    3 weeks
Writing Directions    2 weeks
Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities    3 weeks
June 22 Using Best Practices in Online Teaching    4 weeks
Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback    4 weeks
July 13 Blackboard Basics    3 weeks
Establishing Social Presence    3 weeks
Developing Collaborative Activities    2 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. It is suggested that you take 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 of resource materials, completing application assignments and interacting with colleagues. Each workshop requires about five hours of work a 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 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the workshop start date. See HR’s professional development page on the NOVA website for NOVA Academy login directions and a user guide.

To register:
1. Search on VCCS TOTAL to see the workshops listed. Ignore the “classroom” delivery designation; the workshops are conducted online in Blackboard, which NOVA Academy does not recognize.
2. Click on a workshop title to see the sections.
3. Click on an NVCC – ELI section to enroll or manage your enrollment in that section.

For questions about the TOTAL workshops, contact Joan Osborne at If you need assistance registering in NOVA Academy, contact Reza Karimi at

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