EXTENDED LEARNING INSTITUTE
DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE REQUIREMENTS
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
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
might 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
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
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.
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.