One assumption 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 To that end, students may put off getting started and learn that their instructor has administratively withdrawn them for not meeting course deadlines. Don’t let this happen to you!
It is very important to understand that most NOVA Online courses have weekly or even mid-weekly due dates. There are critical course deadlines, that include your First Assignment Due Date. The first assignment due date requires you to log into your Blackboard course site and complete your First Assignment by the assigned due date. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in being dropped from the course without a tuition refund. NOVA Online courses may be 16, 12 , 10, 8 , 6, 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. View the critical course deadlines early and know your options.
You can also view your critical enrollment dates by visiting your class schedule in your Student Center.
After selecting “My Class Schedule” in your Student Center account view the calendar link under “deadlines” for each course. (See photo below)
In addition to logging in and completing your first assignments (as referenced in your Quick Start Syllabus and Blackboard Course Site), NOVA Online courses also have weekly or mid-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 Blackboard 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, know your course specific critical course deadlines and review the important dates to include refund date, first assignment due date and last day to withdraw with a grade of ‘W’.
Make sure to look for emails from the Student Success Coaches – firstname.lastname@example.org – that will give you reminders of specific upcoming dates and helpful tips for success throughout the term. You can always reply to their emails with any questions you have, or give them a call at 703.764.5076.