It’s not too late to register for a summer course

Although summer courses have already begun, it’s not too late to register for a NOVA Online course. If you have not signed up, we have two more upcoming course start dates/sessions to fit your schedule:

  • 2nd 6-week session: Monday, June 30, 2014 through Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • 3rd  4-week session: Monday, July 14, 2014 through Sunday, August 10, 2014 (MTT 1 only)

The following courses are available:

•    ENG 112 E88N – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    HIS 101 E85L and E86L – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    HIS 102 E86L – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    HIS 112 E85L – 6-week session, starts June 30, 2014
•    MTT 1 E95L – 4-week session, starts July 14, 2014

It is important to understand your course length and critical enrollment dates for your NOVA Online course.  Each course has specific start, refund, first assignment due date, withdrawal, and end dates that you should be aware of when you select a particular course. NOVA Online course dates and descriptions can be found by following this link. Your course will also have specific weekly or mid-weekly due dates.

For a comprehensive list of our summer courses, follow this link.  If you need assistance with your course selection, contact a NOVA Online Counselor at or 703.323.2425.

Once you have registered, you must pay your tuition by 5pm on the next day to prevent being dropped from your classes.

Join NOVA Online on social media for announcements, updates and tips for success. If you have any questions or you are not sure where to start, you can contact the NOVA Online Student Services Team at 703.323.3347 or at NOVA 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.

Attendance and Participation in NOVA Online courses

nullAs your NOVA Online courses begin, it is important to keep in mind attendance and participation in your NOVA Online courses are very important. In fact your attendance and participation are not just important, they are required. Be mindful of Critical Course Deadlines and course specific deadlines so you don’t miss any assignments.  

As soon as your class begins, log into Blackboard and explore your course Blackboard. 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 semester. 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 semester 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 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.

Ten NOVA Online Tips to get you started!

Be sure to check your Blackboard course site on a regular basis throughout the semester to make sure you don’t miss any course specific deadlines. Check each folder and read announcements from your instructors.

It is important to be aware of Critical Course Deadlines for your courses. In addition, you also want to be aware of course specific deadlines. Get started immediately so you don’t miss any deadlines.

NOVA Online Student Life offers various in-person and virtual events throughout the semester to help connect you to peers, faculty and staff. Join us!

Take advantage of NOVA’s Library Services from your home computer. You can access resources and refer-ences from the Library database with your VCCS username and password.

Do you have any general NOVA Online questions? The Live Chat is a great option to ask general questions, but re-member your instructors are available if you have course specific questions.

Proctor U is an online proctoring service available for some NOVA Online courses. This service gives you the opportunity to take your exams from your home computer using a webcam, microphone and speakers.

Try using Smarthinking for 24/7 online tutoring.

Checking your Student E-Mail Account is important throughout the semester. You will get updates and an-nouncements from your instructor as well as from NOVA Online. Get in the habit of checking this e-mail.

24/7 Tech Support is available from NOVA.

NOVA Online offers several webinars throughout the semester to help you succeed. Check out live sessions or request a copy of a recording.

Start Strong Through On-Time Registration

Welcome to NOVA! We are dedicated to helping you start strong. Whatever your educational goals, we can help you achieve them. If you are a first-time-to-college student, ages 17-24 (including high school/homeschool/GED graduates), you need to Start Strong at NOVA.start strong

Start Strong begins this fall. The six new policies will change the way new students register and prepare for classes. The new polices are part of an effort to strengthen the NOVA experience. Five of the new policies affect first-time-to-college students (ages 17-24). The sixth policy requiring on-time registration impacts all students: new, current, transfer, international, military or any other type of student. All students must be registered for classes by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session’s start date. Once the session begins, registration is closed.

If you are not enrolled in a class on the start date of the session you will not be able to enroll without permission from the division dean. If you miss on-time registration you can still register for later start date. NOVA Online has several start dates each semester, for students interested in starting a class later in the semester. Check out NOVA Online Critical Course Deadlines for more information. For more information about on-time registration view this video.

Getting started in your summer course!

As you prepare for the new semester, the information referenced below will help you get off to a great start in your NOVA Online courses!

Blackboard Course Availability:  Your online NOVA Online class should appear in Blackboard on the day that your class is scheduled to begin.  Some instructors may make their course available a few days early.  If your class does not appear in Blackboard by the scheduled start date, please contact us at 703.323.3347. If you need help logging into Blackboard, please view the Blackboard tutorial on NOVA’s website.

Review Your Syllabus:  Your syllabus is located in your course Blackboard. Be sure to review it thoroughly and familiarize yourself with due dates to include testing due dates.

NOVA Online Attendance Requirements: To meet attendance requirements for your courses, you must log in and complete at least one assignment by the First Assignment Due Date. Please review your syllabus in Blackboard for your specific course requirements.

NOVA Email:  Please be certain to use your NOVA student email account for communication with NOVA faculty and offices.  

NOVA Online Orientation Webinars:  If you are new to NOVA Online or have not participated in an NOVA Online Orientation webinaryou are encouraged to sign up! The one hour webinar for new NOVA Online students will focus on answering key questions to getting started.

Textbooks:  Course textbooks can be purchased at the Alexandria Campus Bookstore or on the college bookstore website.

Proctor Requests:  If you are out of the area, it is not too early to submit your Proctor Request.  Requests take 3-5 business days to process so please do not wait until the day before your test to submit your request!

NOVA Online Student Services Team is here to help! NOVA Online offers many resources and tips through our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We wish you an enjoyable and successful semester!

It’s Not Too Late!

Last 8 Week Session Starts March 17

Important Dates:

Start date: March 17
Last day to withdraw with refund: March 25
Last withdrawal date: April 19
End date: May 10