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NOVA 2008-2009 College Catalog


The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) offers distance learning courses to students who prefer to study independently, who require a more flexible schedule for their academic work, or who seek to complete NOVA courses while residing outside the local area. Thirteen NOVA degrees/specializations and ten certificates can be earned at a distance, and courses are available in a wide variety of additional disciplines. See the distance learning Web site (http://eli.nvcc.edu/) for a complete listing.

Most coursework may be completed at home, although some courses require some face-to-face participation. For each 3-credit course, plan to study at least 6-9 hours each week.  Each ELI course uses one or more of the following media: videotape, cable TV, World Wide Web, computer programs on disk or CD-ROM, audiotape or CD, and voice mail. Some ELI courses are self-paced, while others have regular deadlines for course progress.  When taking an ELI course, you will have faculty and campus support when you need it. Faculty provide valuable assistance by telephone, e-mail, office visits, or through the mail. In many ELI courses, you interact with the instructor and other students via e-mail, voice mail, or the Internet. ELI has counselors and other support staff to assist you, and the NOVA campuses provide additional student services such as computer labs and in-person tutoring. Each course will include two or more proctored exams/assignments.  These exams should be taken on campus in one of the NOVA campus Testing Centers; for students who live outside the Northern Virginia area, ELI can generally approve a proctor so that you may take your exam at an educational institution or military base near you.

You may enroll in ELI distance learning courses the same way you enroll in on-campus courses, including NOVAConnect on-line and telephone registration. Many ELI courses have multiple sections starting throughout the semester. When course capacity limits are reached, ELI sections are closed to further enrollment. Advising for ELI courses is available from the ELI counselors. If you are a veteran and enroll in an ELI course, you will not be certified for benefits until you satisfactorily complete the course.  If you are an international student, certain restrictions apply to how many ELI credits you may take in a given semester.

The Extended Learning Institute has no classrooms or testing centers. ELI offices are located at 8000 Forbes Place, off Port Royal Road, behind the Ravensworth Shopping Center in Springfield, just off the Capital Beltway, I-495, Braddock Road exit, Number 54A.

For information or assistance, see “Extended Learning Institute Course Requirements” in the Administrative Information section of this catalog or visit the Distance Learning Web site at http://eli.nvcc.edu. You may write to the Extended Learning Institute, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003-2796. You may also telephone 703-323-3368 or 703-323-3347.

ELI Staff



Associate Vice President, Instructional Technology    
  Dr. Monica Sasscer   703-323-3522
Director, Extended Learning Institute    
  Dr. Jennifer E. Lerner   703-323-3807
Registrar (ELI)    
  Jayne Townend   703-323-3368
  Lori Johnson   703-323-3712
  Christy Jensen   703-323-3403