This week at NOVA Online!

Spring classes begin today, Monday, January 12, 2015! Do you have any questions about getting started? Contact a NOVA Online Success Coach at or 703.764.5076.

Each Monday, we will post NOVA Online events for the week! We will also post a tip, support resource or app to help you succeed. Unless otherwise noted, all times will be listed in Eastern Standard Time. Monday

Upcoming events at NOVA Online for the week of January 12-18! You can participate in a webinar from your home computer or mobile device. All webinars are free, but registration is required. We hope to “see” you online!

Welcome Week- Follow our social media sites to learn more about tips for success and semester events when staring online courses at NOVA Online this spring!

Monday, January 12 – Webinar: NOVA Online Orientation 12:15-1:15pm – 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. The NOVA Online Orientation is highly recommended for students who are new to online learning. Register here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Webinar: Tips for Success in Online Courses. 12:15-1:00pm – This 45 minute webinar for NOVA students will focus on strategies and tips for being successful in distance learning courses offered through NOVA Online. Topics covered will include time management, schedule planning, learning preferences, and support resources. Register here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Webinar: NOVA Online Orientation 6:30-7:30pm – See description above. Register here.

Thursday- NOVA Online Live Q and A. 7-8pm. Join our Google Hangout to connect with NOVA Online staff and other students, ask questions about starting online courses, and get a jump start on your spring semester!

Tip of the Week – As soon as you have access to your course in blackboard, log in and start navigating your virtual classroom. Start reading through each folder and make sure to go through the syllabus, overview of assignments, and announcements posted by your instructor. The NOVA Online Student Services Team is happy to help if you have any questions as you are getting started. Contact a NOVA Online Success Coach at or 703.764.5076.

FREE Financial Aid 101 Webinar

Do you have any questions about completing your FAFSA? Take advantage of this FREE Financial Aid 101 Webinar on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5 pm – 6 pm EST. (Click on picture to enlarge)FAFSA_Flyer

This free webinar is presented by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid.

Register for the webinar and visit VASFAA for more information about the event.

  • Space is limited for this free webinar. One registration per household.
  • You will receive a confirmation email with login instructions (if not received in your inbox, check your junk mail folder).
  • You will need a computer with internet connection and telephone to view and listen to the presentation or telephone only if you just want to listen in.

Do you have questions about Financial Aid? Visit the Financial Aid Support Center for contact information.

Is online learning right for you?

Are you ready for Online Learning at NOVA Online?SmarterMeasure Logo

SmarterMeasure is an assessment that measures learner readiness for Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute. SmarterMeasure is an indicator of the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment will be a good fit for you.

SmarterMeasure is meant to be an interesting experience by which you may learn more about yourself, online learning, and how to succeed! Your SmarterMeasure score will not prevent you from registering for online classes. Take your time to rate yourself honestly. It is a tool that will help you assess your strengths and opportunities for growth related to online learning in 6 areas.

1. Life Factors
2. Individual Attributes – procrastination, time management, willingness to ask for help, academic attributes
3. Learning Styles – what is your predominant learning style?
4. Technical Competency, Skills, and Knowledge
5. Reading Rate and Recall
6. Typing Speed and Accuracy

You will receive a full color report immediately following the completion of all areas of SmarterMeasure. You may email this report, print it, or download and save for future reference. It also provides some remedial tools related to each area. For more information about SmarterMeasture, view this video.

If you are interested in taking courses through the Extended Learning Institute and would like to determine if online learning is right for you, please email NOVA Online Student Success Coach, Jennifer Reed at for a user name and password and to discuss your results.

Research Series: Citation Basics

picture of person holding a [citation needed] signphotograph by Dan4th Nicholas shared via the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

In a previous post we learned about plagiarism and the importance of citing your work. So, how do you properly cite a resource? There are several citation style guides that provide a standard format for referencing your sources. Most of your instructors will require you to use one of these popular guides: American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), or the Chicago/Turabian.

Need help getting started? NOVA offers tutorials for each of these style guides!




If you need more help, please contact your NOVA Online library staff at NOVA Happy Searching!

Motivational Minute: New Year, New Experiences

It’s a new year! It’s the time to step into unchartered territory and challenge yourself in ways you haven’t before. Dedicate yourself to exploring interests you may have put off or told yourself you don’t have time for. Try that new restaurant you always wanted to try but never had anyone to go with. Meet new people. Immerse yourself in learning more about the people you always see but you haven’t taken the time to get to know. Let this new year bring about new experiences, new hopes, new goals, and a new mindset toward achieving them! I wish you and yours the best year ahead. Namaste.

-Jennifer, NOVA Online Success Coach