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Online Learning through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) provides students with the opportunity to take the same classes offered on campus but in a different format. Many ELI courses may be completed at home, while stationed abroad, or on the road, if traveling. The orientation modules below will help you prepare for a successful term.
Are you a first-time-to-college student?
The New Student Orientation will help you prepare your academic plan, identify your academic and career goals, and register for your courses.
Enroll on your own using these tutorials:
Each online course has a course site in Blackboard. Students are given access to their course on the scheduled course start date. You can explore a sample blackboard course site before your course begins to get an idea of the course format and practice submitting an assignment and posting on the discussion board.
This sample course is a typical online course. We encourage you to login to the course, and see if the online experience is for you.
In addition, you can view short videos from Blackboard to review how to submit an assignment, post on discussion board, check grades, and many more topics.
Visit the ELI Student Blog for tips for success in online courses. Specifically read through Critical Course Deadlines and Preparing for your First Day for tips for success.
Northern Virginia Community College, as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus, has reciprocal agreements with other SREB member states that allow students living in those states to take NOVA online courses through ELI. In addition, NOVA meets the requirements of many other states, so that students living in those states may also take NOVA online courses through ELI.
Be sure to review the Important Dates for this semester to prevent automatic withdrawal from your class.
A growing number of our online courses use high-quality, openly licensed educational materials, eliminating the need to purchase textbooks. NOVA's award-winning innovative OER project provides a comprehensive approach to addressing access, affordability, and student success through the use of open educational resources.