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Fun and Free 2 Apps to Explore Habitat for
Humanity Textbook-Free Courses
10 Tips to
Succeed at ELI Are Your Career 5 Plans In FOCUS Registration
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We hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring Semester! We encourage you to take a look through this issue of our newsletter to learn more information about what is happening at ELI. Summer Semester is around the corner so we encourage you check
We welcome comments and contributions from students, faculty, and staff. Contact email@example.com for details.
out the 2014 registration dates and to contact your advisor as soon as possible for advising assistance. Please visit our website at http://eli.nvcc.edu/ for more information regarding our resources and services. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you with any needs you may have. Best
wishes for the rest of your courses and we look forward to seeing you next semester! â€“ELI Staff
Join Us For A Webinar Throughout the semester, ELI offers several webinars to help you succeed in your online courses. Whether you are a first time ELI student or an experienced online student, you will find something to help you successfully complete your class and get the most out of your education.
A webinar is a web-based seminar. Using the computer or mobile device of your choice and an The ELI Bulletin Board is internet connection, you will be published by the Extended able to see the live presentation Learning Institute of and listen in using your speakers Northern Virginia Community College to keep or headset. A microphone is not the ELI community informed required as a text chat feature will and connected. be utilized during the webinars for
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participants to ask questions. All webinars are free; however, registration is required. Sessions are currently delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. If you are a current student, we encourage you to use your VCCS student email address when signing up for a webinar.
Are you 25 years or older? ELI designed the GOALS: Guiding Online Adult Learners to Success webinar series just for you. You can pick and choose sessions, or attend them all. Each of the three webinars will give you the chance to connect with peers, get questions answered, and help you succeed in your courses.
Interested in improving your leadership skills? Join ELI Student Life Are you registered for your first online course? We would highly for the Lessons in Leadership webinar series. The leadership recommend you join us for an ELI Orientation to help you get webinars give you a chance to started. The ELI Orientation is a connect with peers, while building one hour webinar that focuses important leadership skills and on getting started, navigating attributes. your blackboard course site, taking exams, student support We hope you plan to join us for a services, and tips for success. webinar. If there are any additional The How to Succeed in Online topics that you are interested in Courses webinar is a great seeing presented, contact us at follow up to the ELI Orientation firstname.lastname@example.org to share your and will provide you with thoughts. We look forward to resources and techniques on hearing from you! time management and online support services. Recommended Webinars
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PLAN HEAD! Spring/Summer 2014 Semester
May 13 - Spring class and exam end date. May 19 - (12-8-6-4 week) 1st summer session start date.
May 25 - (1st 6-week ) Refund date. May 27– (1st 8-week) Refund date. May 31 - (1st 12-week) Refund date Jun 2 - (2nd 8- week) 2nd summer session start date Jun 4 - (1st 8-week) Inactive student drop date June 16- (3rd 8-week) 3rd summer session start date
I am a 46 year old wife, mother of three children (ages 6 years, 8 years, and 26 years old that have special needs), an ordained minister, and I have my own business. I wanted to go back to school to earn my associates degree and it seemed like I couldn’t find the time. But I did not want to give up on my goals and dreams. Going back to school was exciting and scary for me. It was exciting because it meant that I would have an opportunity to move my business out of the house and my dreams would become a reality. I’ve always wanted to operate my own business but in order to move to the next level, I needed a degree. It was scary because I haven’t been in a college setting for at least 12 years and I was sure a lot had changed. I wasn’t sure how I would do academically since I am much older than the average college student. At least that is what I thought. I have chosen to take ELI classes because my schedule is so hectic with my obligations to my church and my job. I work over 60 hours a week and I attend church at
least three times a week Going back to school seemed impossible. I researched the type of degree I wanted and looked at the courses offered through the ELI program. There were only a few courses I needed that are not offered through ELI. I immediately signed up and began my journey. The classes are at your own pace but within the given schedule of the course. For example, I had a week to complete an assignment and I could work on it at my own pace within that week. I signed up for two 3-credit courses and one 1-credit course. My first experience was a wonderful one. The Orientation Webinar was a big help to assist me with how to use the blackboard and understand the course. It showed me the programs I needed on my computer to ensure they were compatible. I made sure to complete this process before the my classes started so I would become familiar with the system. Even though I wasn’t in a classroom setting the communication
between the other students and the instructor was awesome. The assignments were designed to help me think and also share my thoughts and ideas with others. One of the classes was the (SDV100) College Success Skills course. I learned lots of skills to help me with my classes. Even though I know what career I am interested in, the class gave information to help towards my goals and useful study habits. If you want to go back to school and don’t have the time to go to a campus, then you should defiantly consider the ELI program. All the classes for your major may not be offered through the program but they have a large variety to choose from. Even though this is my first semester I am excited to know that my goals and dreams are attainable. Contact email@example.com to share your story in our next issue of the ELI Bulletin Board!
Fun And Free Apps To Explore
May 23 - (1st 4-week) Refund date
ELI Spotlight: Never Too Old or Too Busy For School
With thousands of applications available, it can be challenging to uncover an app that fits your needs. If you are searching for that perfect app to study or promote career goals, the following list may provide the inspiration that you have been searching for:
articles from around the world, and stay connected to the people closest to them. Save and collect information into your own personal magazines such as articles focused on coursework, personal interests and more.
Quizlet: Excel during your study time creating practice tests and quizzes, flashcards or take advantage of premade their pre-made flashcards.
Screenchomp: Share course concepts and thoughts with friends or classmates. To begin, Flowboard: This storytelling tap the record button; draw on and presentation app enables the whiteboard with the app Blackboard (Bb) Mobile Learn: the user to create pen or markers and record a Provides organized, on-the-go side-scrolling publications running narrative. access to the latest course with images, text, videos, ScreenChomp will record the announcements, quick access to links, and photo galleries. user’s voice and drawings and the discussion board and instant Flowboard allows you to uploads the creation to access to your journal posts, create & present from your ScreenChomp. The user will be upcoming assignments and more. iPad, or share to any device. provided with a link which can This app could also be used be shared via e-mail, Twitter, Flipboard: Stay on top of to maintain accomplishments or on the clipboard. information in your field with and share in an interview or Flipboard! Flipboard is your Explore these apps to promote incorporate into an online personal magazine. Users can your academic success or just catch up on the news that they resume. have fun! enjoy, explore information and
ELI Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity On February 21st, a group of staff, faculty and students from the Extended Learning Institute (ELI), Annandale, and MEC campuses spent the day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. The group organized and led by NOVA mathematics instructor, Richard Semmler, spent the day painting and cleaning an apartment unit that will soon be occupied by a Habitat recipient. The unit, one of eight in a building owned by Habitat for Humanity, is located just around the corner from the ELI office space. While painting a bathroom, ELI’s Kristin Shriver stated, “It feels great to help prepare a living space for a new
homeowner who is a member of our community.” Dr. Richard Semmler, an instructor at both Annandale and ELI, and a benefactor for NOVA has worked with Habitat for
Humanity for the past 16 years. Semmler has supported the organization both through his labor and through financial donations. He spends
nearly every Saturday volunteering at Habitat sites and has donated a total of $270,750. He has also helped build homes for around 70 families. The news media has been intrigued by Semmler’s generosity because they have not been able to find another Interested in learning more philanthropist about the Habitat for who not Humanity organization and how only gives you can volunteer? his money Click HERE away but also donates his time working side by side with the people he helps. The experience was very rewarding for everyone Learn more who participated!
ELI Textbook-Free Courses Make Headlines Attention ELI students! This past fall ELI offered a series of 12 general education courses that do not require students to purchase textbooks or other course materials. These textbook -free classes used free open educational resources (OER).
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Courses can be taken individually or as a series to satisfy the requirements for the General Education Certificate. In lieu of traditional textbooks, all readings and materials used in the courses are available to students free of charge online or through Blackboard – NOVA’s course management system. OER materials include teaching, learning, and
research resources that are in the public domain or are released under a licensing agreement that permits their free use or repurposing by others. Read more about how ELI’s OER-Based General Education project will save NOVA students money in Community College Week magazine.
10 Tips to Succeed In Your ELI Course Looking for tips on being successful in your online courses? Check out our top ten tips here! 1) Check your Blackboard course site on a regular basis throughout the semester to make sure you don’t miss any course specific deadlines. Review each folder and read announcements from your instructors.
5) Do you have any general ELI questions? Live Chat is a great option to ask general questions. You can also consult your instructors if you have course specific questions.
2) 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 6) Proctor U is an online immediately so you don’t miss proctoring service available any deadlines. for some ELI courses. This service gives you the 3) ELI Student Life offers opportunity to take your various in-person and virtual exams from your home events throughout the semester to help connect you computer using a web cam, microphone and speakers. to peers, faculty and staff. Join us! 4) 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. ELI
9) 24/7 Tech Support is available from NOVA.
10) ELI offers several webinars throughout the semester to help you succeed. Check out live sessions or request a copy of a recording.
For more great information and tips while taking online 7) Try using Smarthinking for courses with ELI, visit our 24/7 online tutoring. blog at: blogs.nvcc.edu/elife 8) Checking your Student E-Mail Account is important throughout the semester. You will get updates and announcements from your instructor as well as from ELI. Get in the habit of checking this e-mail or link it to your personal email.
Are Your Career Plans In FOCUS As you plan your summer and/or fall schedules, prepare to transfer or get ready to begin a new job, take a moment to focus on your career development. Are you attending NOVA to pursue a certificate or degree, but unsure about what career options might be available to you? Have you decided on a major, but have difficulty answering the question – “What can I do with a major in _____? Do you need to fine tune your skills or add to your skill set in preparation for a career change? Learn more about career options by utilizing FOCUS 2, an online interactive self-guided career and education planning system that can help you:
Select a major based on your interests and aspirations
Discover occupations matching your personal preferences and attributes
Map out your career plans, present and future
Make informed career decisions
FOCUS 2 is free for NOVA students. Access the system at NOVA’s Career Services website. Simply click on the “FOCUS 2” button, create your free account, and begin your exploration.
Exploring Career Options webinar. This 45 minute webinar will focus on using various online resources to research career options. The relationship between programs of study at NOVA, college majors, and career options will be discussed. Resources presented will provide information on nature of work, educational requirements, job outlook, and wages.
Did you know that ELI is on LinkedIn? Click the below icon to visit our page and find great articles and resources on career planning.
Also check ELI’s webinar schedule for offerings of the
It’s Registration Time Summer registration is now underway and priority registration for the fall semester is right around the corner! Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your next registration:
Check your NOVA student record for holds and “To List Items” that need to be addressed. Run an Advisement Report to assess the progress you are making toward a particular certificate or degree at NOVA. View a recorded session of
the Getting Ready for Your Next Semester webinar for tips on program identification, course selection, and schedule planning. Contact your faculty advisor or a counselor if you have any questions about your next registration.
ELIfe Blog Has Moved! Add http://blogs.nvcc.edu/elife/ to your favorites to keep up with ELI updates and announcements, tips for success, and upcoming events! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
ELI Student Life It’s been exciting spring semester for ELI student life or ELIfe! ELI has hosted many student activities and events for students both virtually and in-person to help online students develop stronger connections to ELI, to NOVA, and to each other. Some of these student life events included ELI’s Spring Open House, March Madness competition, Lessons in Leadership webinar series and a virtual Book and Cinema club. Don’t miss these upcoming events : Walk For Life –Join us at the Medical Education Campus as we walk to raise awareness and support the American Cancer Society. Participate in our service project and build-a-bear to donate to the local children's hospital. ELI Spring Fling —Join us in collaboration with Manassas Student Life for our Annual Spring Fling Celebration! Come meet our staff as well as other ELI students and learn more about the resources and services we have to offer while you are taking online courses! Free food, activities and prizes. Preparing for Finals Webinars – Are you ready for Finals Week? ELI can help you prepare! The How to Prepare for Finals webinar will focus on topics and strategies to help ease anxiety and help you study smart such as: Early preparation, planning your approach and taking the exam. Want to be notified by email about our upcoming events? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Are you interested in learning more about Student Life events happening with ELI? Click on the image (to the right) to visit our Virtual Student Union.
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Published on Apr 24, 2014