Below are some tips to help you get started in your NOVA Online courses this fall!
You will have access to your course in Blackboard the first day the course is scheduled to begin or sometimes a few days in advance. If your course is scheduled to begin later in the fall, check back closer to that date. Be sure to check your Blackboard course site regularly throughout the summer 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 references from the Library database with your VCCS username and password.
Do you have any general NOVA Online questions? Live Chat (bottom right) or NOVA Online Hotline – 703.323.3347 is a great option to ask general questions, but remember 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 is available for some NOVA Online courses and gives you the opportunity to take your exams from your home computer using a web cam, 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 announcements 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 by calling 703.764.5051.
NOVA Online offers several webinars throughout the semester to help you succeed. Check out live sessions or request a copy of a recording.
Financial Aid assistance is available by creating a case at https://mysupport.nvcc.edu or uploading documents that are accepted electronically through the To Do List. You may also fax documents to (703) 323-3494. Questions about financial aid eligibility? Check out the Financial Aid Blog.
Not enrolled yet? There is plenty of time to register for fall semester courses.
Are you a seasoned NOVA Online professional?? What tips would you share with a new student about online learning at NOVA?