Distance Learning
The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) offers most distance learning courses, but some distance learning courses are also available through individual NVCC campuses. Distance learning courses are designed to offer “anytime access” to higher education from the convenience of your home or office. Online courses are primarily Web-based and require access to the Internet. Courses are designed to do the following:
· Create a community of learners.
· Support communication between student and faculty.
· Guide students to valuable and appropriate resources.

NVCC distance learning courses can be accessed anywhere and anytime via the Internet and a Web browser, such as Netscape or Internet Explorer. Some things to consider when choosing a distance learning course are the following:
· To be successful, students need strong reading skills, must be self-disciplined and motivated and have good time-management skills.
· Additional technology may be required, including watching video programs, using computer programs on CD-ROM, listening to audio programs, and/or using voice mail.
· Some online courses require in-person meetings or labs.
· Testing requirements and locations vary. Examinations in ELI distance learning courses can be taken at any NVCC campus Testing Center (except the Medical Education Campus) during open testing center hours. Individuals living outside the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area may arrange to have exams proctored.
· Some distance learning courses allow students the flexibility to work ahead on their own and complete a course early.

Be sure to check individual course descriptions for specific requirements or contact the individual instructor with questions.

Textbooks for Extended Learning Institute (ELI) distance courses may not be the same as those used on campus. They may be purchased at any NVCC campus bookstore or ordered by phone, fax, or mail. If the book is not available at one of the campuses, the bookstore will arrange to get it from another campus for you. Typically, books ordered from the bookstore by mail are shipped the same day.

Assignment Due Dates
Even though ELI distance courses are self-paced, you are required to submit some assignments by specific due dates. If you do not submit these assignments on time, you can be dropped from the course with a grade of W.

Services Available to ELI Students
All College and campus services are available to ELI students. Some restrictions may exist in the case of financial aid and veterans benefits. Some services, such as bookstores, counseling, testing centers, tutoring, and learning laboratories, are closed during breaks at the end of each term. Faculty members may also be on vacation at these times, so there may be some delay in returning written work that has been submitted to ELI.

ELI Examinations
Each course has several exams that you must take in person at a campus testing center. These are proctored exams. To pass an ELI course, you must pass the proctored exams, regardless of how well you do on other course assignments. Exams may be taken any time the campus testing centers are open, including some evenings and weekend times. For current hours, please call the testing center most convenient for you. If you cannot travel to a campus testing center, other arrangements for proctoring the exam can be made. For more information contact ELI.



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This page was last updated on June 6, 2005 7:47 PM