One assumption that some online students make is that all NOVA Online courses are self-paced. To that end, students may put off getting started and learn that their instructor has withdrawn them for not meeting course deadlines. Don’t let this happen to you! It is very important to understand that all NOVA Online courses have weekly or even mid-weekly due dates. There are critical enrollment dates, that include your First Assignment Due Date – requiring you to log into your Canvas course site and complete your First Assignment by the due date. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in being dropped from the course without a tuition refund. Online courses may be 15 weeks, 12 weeks, 10 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 weeks, or 4 weeks in length; each course has specific start, refund, first assignment due date, withdrawal, and end date that you should be aware of when you select a particular course.
In addition to logging in and completing your first assignments (as referenced in your Quick Start Syllabus and Canvas course site), NOVA Online courses also have regular weekly assignment deadlines.
When taking a NOVA Online course, it is important to understand that assignment due dates as well as test and quiz due dates come quickly. Due dates are firm and in some NOVA Online courses, assignments and tests/quizzes are sometimes removed after the due date.
To be successful in your course:
Read through your course syllabus on the first day of class. Understand all the deadlines that apply to your course and record them in your planner.
Establish a Routine – Visit your Canvas course site daily and read all of your emails and announcements.
Make Note of your Course Deadlines, and turn your assignments in on time.
If possible, take your test prior to the testing deadline—you never know what might come up at the last minute!
To ensure that you understand the NOVA Online course deadlines, please review your course specific critical course deadlines and stay on top of weekly assignments.
This article was originally published by Katie, former Orientation and Advising Specialist for ELI (now NOVA Online).