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Learning & Technology Resources

Learning & Technology Resources (LTR) provides academic and instructional resources in support of teaching excellence and innovative learning for faculty and staff.

We rely upon qualified and dedicated team members to provide access to and assistance with materials from various instructional media and encourage the critical evaluation and assessment of resources. We work with students, faculty and staff in integrating new technology tools across the campus and strive to continuously improve the quality of services we provide.

LTR Departments

Academic Success Center (Tutoring Support)

The Academic Success Center (ASC) at the Alexandria Campus takes great pride in helping our students enhance their learning at all levels. ASC provides free peer tutoring services to all credit-seeking NOVA students.

Tutoring services are generally available for Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Math, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, World Languages and more. Students can expect individualized assistance from our exceptional tutors.

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 229

Technology Innovation in Learning & Teaching

The Technology Innovation in Learning & Teaching (TILT) unit supports the academic mission of NOVA by helping faculty, staff and students find innovative ways to use technology to achieve their teaching goals. TILT staff support educational technologies that can contribute to NOVA’s academic excellence by increasing student engagement with course materials, supporting active learning strategies, better matching teaching and learning styles, fostering communication and collaboration, streamlining course administration, and developing students’ skills for future learning and work. TILT staff systematically monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of educational technologies on the teaching and learning experiences of faculty and students and shares the findings with the campus community.

Our services include individual and group training for faculty, staff and students. We assist faculty and staff with creating and updating their own websites. We offer students, faculty and staff equipment like iPad Carts for classes and clickers that you can check out.

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 343 
Training Rooms: AA 343 and 337


The Alexandria Campus Library strives to provide excellent customer service to students, faculty, staff and the community. Our goals are to provide a well-balanced collection of materials in print and electronic formats, including a robust Course Reserves collection with free access to textbooks and other course materials. Faculty librarians provide research assistance to students and collaborate with faculty on research and teaching needs. The library provides individual and group study spaces, access to Wi-Fi and networked computers and photocopying facilities. In addition, we provide individual and group instruction in the identification, use and evaluation of information resources to enhance teaching and learning.

Services and Resources for Faculty

  • course reserves (textbooks)
  • research instruction tailored for your class or assignment
  • inter-library loan for faculty research
  • print and media collection that supports the curriculum
  • over 200 online databases
  • access streaming academic videos
  • embed a librarian in your BlackBoard course

Services and Resources for Students

  • individual research assistance
  • group study rooms
  • individual study space
  • collection of 60,000+ books and videos
  • online journal, magazine and newspaper articles
  • eBooks
  • online research assistance * online research guides for specific courses

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 232

Open Computer Lab

The Open Computer Lab is committed to assist students with their course work via MS-Office, programming languages, architecture and variety of other software applications taught at NOVA. We also provide assistance with wireless connections for laptops and reset students LAN passwords when needed.

The OCL consists of 12 computer classrooms and labs, housing approximately 340 computers, which include an Open Computer Lab, one Mac “open” (restricted times) lab and one CAD lab. OCL branches are located on the first and 4th floor of the Bisdorf Building (AA) and in the Engineering Building (AE). 

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 332

Testing Center

Mission Statement
The Alexandria Testing Center is committed to student success by providing a wide range of testing and proctoring services. We work in conjunction with faculty, Students Services, and other department staff to provide an exemplary experience for students and everyone that enters our center.

English/Math Placements
All new students between the ages of 17-24 must take a placement test unless they meet an exemption criteria. Each student must apply to NOVA and receive a student number prior to taking the placement test.

ELI (Extended Learning Institute) Students that are enrolled in an online course (ELI) may take their exams at any testing center unless otherwise specified by an instructor. Some course may use the at home service, ProctorU as an option as well.

Make-up Exams
Instructors may drop-off make-up exams for their students who are unable to take the test in the class.

We proctor exams for other VCCS(Virginia Community College System) free of charge. If you require testing for other colleges, you may contact workforce development at workforcetestcenter@nvcc.edu.

  • 72 Computer Testing Stations
  • ADA Compliance Testing Space
  • 2 Additional desk for Paper Exams

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 156

Information Technology

Alexandria’s Information Technology is committed to providing timely technical support to meet our customer’s IT needs. We will treat requests for IT support in the classroom as an “emergency response” because a class is being disrupted. We upgrade campus computers and software annually to provide students, faculty and staff with the latest computer technology. We have recently upgraded the Wi-Fi network with the result of 95% of all areas inside the five building have wireless signals. IT also provides audio visual support in the classrooms and anywhere else it is needed.

IT provides technical support at the campus and at off-campus sites, to include the Alexandria Campus, Arlington Center, Ft. Myer, Henderson Hall, and the Pentagon. There are over 1,800 computers supported by six file servers in a high-speed, fast Ethernet LAN environment. NOVA utilizes Microsoft Windows and Office products as part of the standard suite of office automation complete with Course Technology’s instructional software running in student computer labs for all academic divisions. Additionally, there are over 200 iMacs in various Mac labs that are used for specialized programs and one open iMac lab for general student usage.

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 426, 429, 431