Do you have an online course starting on Monday? Getting anxious to get started? Not sure what to expect? We have some tips for you!
As you prepare for your fall courses, it is important to keep in mind the importance of attendance and participation. Be mindful of Critical Course Deadlines and course specific deadlines so you don’t miss any assignments and fall behind in your course work.
Instructors make courses available in blackboard the first day the course is scheduled to begin, or sometimes a few days in advance. If your course begins on Monday, August 22, you may not see your course in Blackboard until that day. You may also see one course open earlier than another course. That’s ok! Just keep checking for all your courses and make sure you log in at some point on Monday to make sure you have access to your courses.
If you are scheduled for a later starting NOVA Online course you may not see your course until closer to that start date.
Have you attended the NOVA Online Orientation Webinar? Join us to learn more about getting started, navigating Blackboard, taking exams, and virtual support resources available to you!
Take a look at the Webinars available to you – there are recorded and live sessions that might be of interest as you are getting started.
As soon as your course begins, log into Blackboard and explore your virtual classroom. Use this opportunity to locate and review the course syllabus and assignments folder. This will give you a chance to see what you will be responsible for throughout the term. In addition, this will also allow you sufficient time to plan your time appropriately, making certain you will be able to complete your readings, assignments, projects and tests in time for their specified due dates. It is crucial to ensure you have completed and submitted your first assignment prior to the First Assignment Due Date to avoid being administratively withdrawn from your course.
Logging into Blackboard as soon as the course begins will also give you the opportunity to identify any unexpected issues and provide ample time to ask any questions you might have.
If you have any questions or you are not sure where to start, you can contact the NOVA Online Student Success Coaching Team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.