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703.323.3347 1.888.4DL.NVCC INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Hello ELI Students,

ELI Moves to Pender Drive

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ELI Student Spotlight

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Preparing for Your Next 2 Semester ELI Spring Fling

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College Vocabulary to Help 3 You Succeed

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! We encourage you to take a look through this issue of our newsletter to learn more information about what is happening with ELI as well as connect you to great resources that we offer within our office

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The Extended Learning 5 Institute has moved to a new office location!

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WRITERS WANTED The ELI Bulletin Board is published by the Extended Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College to keep the ELI community informed and connected. We welcome comments and contributions from students, faculty, and staff. Contact elistulife@nvcc.edu for details.

Fall is around the corner so we encourage you check out the Fall Semester 2013 registration dates and to contact your academic 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 semester and we hope to see you in the fall! –ELI Staff

ELI Moves to Pender Drive

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while you are talking online courses.

This new NOVA building is located at Pender Drive off Waples Mill Road, near Route 50 and Interstate 66 in Fairfax.

This move was made with several other NOVA departments including the Technology Application Center (TAC), and Information Technology (IT). The Pender building will also be a temporary home to several

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departments from the Annandale campus such as Human Resources and the Presidents Office while the Brault building is under renovations. We are excited to get settled in our new building and hope to provide more opportunities for students to visit our office within the upcoming semesters. For questions about the new location, please email fairfaxinfo@nvcc.edu


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FOLLOW US! Read the Student Blog, ELIFE Like NOVA ELIfe on Facebook Follow us on twitter! @NOVAELIfe

Check out our ELI student spotlight, Betty! Read how she is transitioning back to school as an adult with online courses:

“I am 46 years old and work full time. I also have a home, 3 daughters, 3 horses and a new husband. I wanted to go back to school for over 10 years but life and finances kept getting in the way. Right before my birthday in May I checked my little savings account balance and decided the time was now so I signed up for 3 classes online the first day of the summer session. I have since signed up for 2 more summer classes and am also enrolled for fall 2013. My goal is to complete my Associates by spring 2015 and transfer to a four year school.

PLAN HEAD! Summer 2013 Semester July 19 - (3rd 8-week session ) Last withdrawal date July 26 - (2nd 6-week session) Last withdrawal date. July 28 - (2nd 8-week session) End date. Aug 11 - End date for summer semester Fall 2013 Semester Aug 21 - (1st 16,12, 8, 4- week) Class start date Aug 25 - (1st 4-week session) Refund date Aug 29 - (1st 8-week session) Refund date/ First assignment due Aug 29 - (1st 4-week session) Inactive student drop date

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I have many reasons for getting a degree but first and foremost is for myself. I also hope to set a good example for my daughters and be eligible for a better position at work.

My family is very supportive of my decision but it has been an adjustment. Mom is now in the other room doing homework some evenings or reading a textbook. I have always been a person who keeps a schedule and now it is even more important. I work ahead in all my classes because I know there will be a time when a sick child, work project or unexpected work travel will happen and I do not want to be late for my school assignments. My tip is have a master schedule (my kids call my big binder my life). I have work, school and family schedules all

in one place and that helps keep me straight, on time and my kids where they need to be. I even have bill due dates written in on this schedule. It is the old fashioned paper schedule. I do put things on my outlook and work and my I phone for home but those are just reminders. This system may not work for everyone, but find what works for you and stick to it. I am no different than many adults going back to school. I know many people have much crazier lives than I do. I encourage anyone thinking about college to give it a try. The best time is now; chances are your life isn’t going to get less hectic or complicated.” -Betty M. : ELI Student

Preparing for Your Next Semester Registration for the fall semester is in full swing. Are you ready for your next term or semester? Taking time to plan before you enroll in and begin courses can keep you on track to achieving your academic goals. As you prepare your next schedule, take a moment to consider the following questions:

Draw upon your experiences this semester to make sure you do not overschedule yourself.

have not declared a program of study or are not pursuing a specific program at NOVA, contact an ELI counselor for assistance.

Am I on track to complete my certificate/degree Throughout each semester or requirements? term, ELI offers a Getting Ready for Your Next Semester webinar. Prior to enrolling in courses This 45 minute webinar for run an Advisement Report NOVA students focuses on through NOVAConnect to answering key questions What are my academic goals? help you identify program students have about preparing requirements and determine Having SMART (specific, for their next semester. Topics measurable, attainable, relevant, which requirements have and covered include program and time bound) goals will help have not been met. identification, course selection, you stay focused and on track. college resources, schedule (refer to the Career Development After you have taken time for planning, and registration or self-reflection and planning, Process) payment tips. Check the communicate with your ELI Webinar schedule for How much time do I have advisor about your academic upcoming sessions. available next term or and career goals as well as any semester to focus on concerns you have about coursework? achieving your goals. If you

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Spring Fling Visits the Loudoun Campus ELI’s annual Spring Fling event was held on Wednesday, April 17th from 11-2pm at NOVA’s Loudoun campus with a great turnout! Over 200 students, faculty, and staff came out to visit our ELI staff, learn more about online learning at NOVA, and participate in our food, fun and activities! Several members of our ELI student services staff were present to engage with participants and share resources provided while taking online courses. Staff included ELI counselors, student success coaches, financial aid, orientation, and student life.

ELI provided fun and engaging activities including caricaturists, and a smoothie bar. The event also sponsored a service project along with the TOMS Company. TOMS has made a commitment to match every pair of shoes purchased from them with a new pair given to a child in need. One for One. With this in mind, the "Style Your Sole" project at our event gave students the opportunity to decorate a pair of children’s shoes. These shoes will be given to a local shelter in the Northern Virginia area. Students enjoyed expressing their “inner artist”

for a great cause! (shoes pictured on right)

This event also served as a great opportunity for our current ELI students to meet face-to-face with ELI staff. ELI staff enjoyed interacting with our Loudoun Campus Interested in learning more students and about the TOMS company thank everyone who and how you can help the stopped by the event. movement? Click A special thank you to Loudon Student Life for HERE providing us the opportunity to host this event on their campus!

College Vocabulary to Help You Succeed Check out some frequently asked questions regarding college terminology that will help you succeed in your online courses.

What is a Census Date and how does it impact taking classes through ELI ? At NOVA, the college needs to establish a student’s attendance early in the semester to verify student enrollment. If a student is not active in an online course by the census date, (also may be referred to as inactive student

If a student is planning to no longer be enrolled in a course, the critical course dates on the academic calendar are important to distinguish course status. When a student drops a course, this means they have un-enrolled in a course prior to the census date, and will receive a full refund for the class. What is the difference between drop and When a student withdrawals from a withdrawal when referring to a course? course, the census date has already passed.

drop date, first assignment due date or NVRK date) class registration will be dropped. This deadline is also the last day to drop a course with a tuition refund. Refer to our academic calendar for current information on next semester’s deadlines.

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ELI Fall Common Reader Program This summer, ELI is planning our 3rd Annual Fall Common Reader Program. The ELI Common Reader Program seeks to engage first-year students, as well as students new to online learning, through the shared experiences of reading a “common reader” book throughout the fall term. Common Reader programs have become popular at many colleges, but ELI’s program is unique to an online learning environment. The 2013 ELI Common Reader selection is No Impact Man, by Colin Beavan. The book follows Beavan as he makes a commitment to not use plastic and toxins, turned off electricity, follows an organic lifestyle,

becomes a cyclist and ultimately tries to save the planet with his wife and young daughter in tow. As a family, they try to make no impact on the environment for one year. They documented the project through a blog, book and movie. Five hundred first-year students enrolled in ELI courses at NOVA will be invited to participate in the 2013 Common Reader program. This is a voluntary co-curricular program designed to engage ELI students and the book will be provided free of charge. We hope that invited students will take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with

their peers in an environment that will help to prepare them for successful online learning. We have a team of ELI faculty and staff involved in the planning and implementation of the 2013 ELI Common Reader Program. Events will include a Common Reader Blog, online discussions at ELI’s Virtual Student Union, and various interactive events throughout the fall semester. Current ELI students who are interested in participating in the 2013 ELI Common Reader as a mentor to first-year students please email us at elistulife@nvcc.edu.

Check out the ELIfe Blog! Have you had an opportunity to read ELI’s ELife Blog? If not, mark it as a ‘favorite’, and make reading this Blog part of your daily routine. As a regular reader, you will be empowered as you learn about the resources and events available to you as a NOVA and ELI student. If you are a regular reader, we would like to thank you and encourage you to provide your feedback and responses to our posts. The ELife Blog will promote your academic success as you read advice ELI

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on study skills, test taking, communicating with your instructors, what to expect in an online class and even how to think like a genius! You will also find tips on writing a resume, finding a mentor and interviewing for an internship or job. ELife Blog even offers information on travel safety, healthy lifestyles and blogs to promote a balance and relieve stress in your busy life as a student. Moreover,

through our posts, you will learn about the resources and upcoming events, such as our Common Reader and Pedometer Challenge, that are available on campus and through our Virtual Student Union. As you begin to read the ELife Blog on a regular basis, you will be empowered with information that will help guide you and promote your goals and academic successes at NOVA. Mark it as your favorite and begin reading and responding today!


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Are Your Career Plans in Focus? Make the most out of your Summer Vacation. As fall quickly approaches, now is a good time to think about where you are on your career path. 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? Visit our page to find great articles and resources on career planning.

Also check ELI’s webinar schedule for offerings of the

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The student will receive a W in place of a grade and will also not receive a refund for the course. Note: After 60% of a course is completed, a student will not have the option to withdraw, and instead receive a failing grade for the course. For more information on this process, visit the following NOVA website page. What is the purpose of a Degree Progress Report?

The Degree Progress Report can be found in a student’s MyNOVA or NOVAConnect portal. This report details all requirements in a chosen degree plan. Listed in red are each course requirement still not met. This report helps students plan out classes for a particular semester and monitor progress toward their degree. For more information on how to access your Degree Progress Report or any other academic

requirements to complete your degree, please visit the following NOVA website page. If you have additional questions about your current enrollment with ELI, please contact our office at 703.323.3347. You can also utilize our 24hour chat for student services support.

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ELI Student Life

It’s been exciting spring and summer semester for ELI student life or ELIfe! ELI has hosted 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 weekend meet-ups in the DC area, ELI fantasy sports, a health and wellness pedometer challenge, the beginning of our virtual book and cinema club, and the annual ELI Spring Fling. Don’t miss our events coming up:

Summer Book and Cinema Club— Join us for our July read: Silver Linings Playbook Find out more information here. Summer Pedometer Challenge– Connect with other ELI students this summer while creating personal health and wellness goals! Find out how to participate here. Fall 2013 Calendar of events coming soon! For more information on these and other activities and events through ELI , Visit our events page on our Virtual Student Union. We hope to connect with you at future events!

Want to be notified by email about our upcoming events? Email elistulife@nvcc.edu 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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