NVCC FALL 2003 Class Schedule

Extended Learning Institute (Eli) and Other Distance Learning Options

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    The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) offers courses to students who prefer to study independently. Students may complete most coursework at home. It is important to schedule at least 2-3 hours of work per course credit per week for each course (a three-credit course requires 6-9 hours per 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, and voice mail. Exams are taken on campus in a Testing Center. Please check the hours of the campus Testing Center prior to taking tests. In limited situations, a proctor from outside the College may administer the exams.

How to Register. You may register for ELI courses through campus registration procedures, including telephone registration, the same as for any NVCC course. Find the index numbers in the campus course listings. You may register directly through ELI by mail or in person if you are interested only in ELI courses. ELI cannot accept registrations for campus classroom courses. For more information, visit our Web site at eli.nvcc.edu or call 703-323-3368. ELI registration hours are 8:30AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday. After office hours, you may leave a recorded message. (Note: If your address has changed since the last time you registered, please contact the ELI office.)
    While many courses have closing dates, registration for most ELI courses is continuous throughout the semester. When course capacity limits are reached, ELI sections are closed to further registration. In most cases, you start your course according to the start date on the syllabus you receive in the mail. If you register after broadcasts of your course have begun, you may view missed programs in a campus Learning Resource Services (LRS) laboratory, on rented videotapes, or from the Overnight Blockfeed on some cable TV systems. See the Broadcast Schedule for details.

Registration Procedure. Students new to NVCC or returning after three years of non-attendance must complete the Application for Admission form, the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, and the Registration and Tuition Worksheet. All forms are included in this schedule and on the NVCC Web site (www.nvcc.edu). If you have enrolled in credit courses at NVCC within the last three years, fill out only the Registration and Tuition Worksheet. You may pay by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, or agency contract. Mail the completed forms and your tuition to the Extended Learning Institute, Attention: Registration, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796.

    ELI Orientation. The ELI orientation is available online at eli.nvcc.edu/orientation. An orientation video is also available in campus LRS laboratories and on local cable TV stations at 12:30PM every Sunday.

    Getting Started. A course syllabus, which tells you how to get started, will be mailed within a week after you have registered. If you have not received it within 3 weeks, contact ELI immediately at 703-323-3368. After 4 weeks, ELI will assume you have received your syllabus.

    Course Length. ELI courses are 16 weeks in length. You may request more time if your work is satisfactory and you have completed approximately 50% of the required work as specified by the instructor. See your ELI syllabus for details.

    Special Information. When registering for sequential courses, e.g., ENG 111 and ENG 112, sign up for only one course at a time. If you failed an ELI course, you may not re-enroll in that same section without permission of the instructor. To take 12 or more credits simultaneously through ELI, you must obtain permission from the Director of the Extended Learning Institute. Call 703-323-3347 for information.

    Financial Aid Recipients. Most ELI courses can be used to determine eligibility for financial aid or loan deferments. Contact the College Financial Aid Office for information.

    Auditing ELI Courses. If you choose to audit an ELI course, you are not required to do any assignments and you will not receive credit. Your grade will not appear on your College transcript. The regular tuition rate is charged.

Obtaining Textbooks and Other Course Materials. You may order textbooks and other course materials by phone, fax, Web or mail. Call 1-888-SHIP-TEXT for more information. You may also purchase course materials in the ELI section of any campus bookstore. If you are taking a print-based course that requires a course guide, most are available at no charge on ELIís Web site http://eli.nvcc.edu/courses.htm. Audiotapes required for foreign language classes may be available for student use in campus LRS laboratories (please call ahead for availability). Some materials may be ordered online at http://direct.mbsbooks.com/novaeli.htm

    Refund Period. Requests for refunds must be made in writing to ELI and postmarked within the time period specified by the College. Details are provided in the course syllabus sent to you. These deadlines may occur before the published add/drop period for on-campus courses.

    ELI Course Withdrawal. You may withdraw from the course without grade penalty any time during the time period specified by the College by writing to ELI. Details are included in the course syllabus sent to you. Students who do not send in their minimum required assignments as specified by the instructor by the Last Date for Withdrawal will be administratively withdrawn from the course with no refund.

    Parking Information. If you go to campus to use the library, take a test, purchase materials at the campus bookstore, etc., you may want to consider purchasing a semester parking permit if you think you will need to be on campus frequently. Detailed information is available in the General Information section of this Schedule.

Courses for Degrees and Certificates. ELI offers all courses required for degrees in Business Administration, Business Management (including Public Management Specialization), General Studies, Information Systems Technology (Microcomputer Specialization), and Liberal Arts. In addition, ELI offers all courses for certificates in Public Management, Small Business Management, and Professional Writing for Business, Government and Industry and career studies certificates in Audio Visual Communications Technology, Business Information Technology, eCommerce, and Microcomputer Usage.

World Wide Web: Some ELI courses use the World Wide Web for assignments, quizzes, and discussion. See ELIís Web site at eli.nvcc.edu for more information. Prior experience using an Internet connection and a browser is required for these courses. You must use a standard Web browser such as Netscape Navigator (version 4.8 or later) or Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or later). You must enable cookies and Java to access most courses. America Online (AOL) software is not standard; AOL users should install a standard browser to use after connecting with AOL.



 take as much or more time and effort as comparable classroom-based courses; plan to spend at least 2-3 hours per course credit per week for each course (a three-credit course requires 6-9 hours per week).

 usually require more reading and more written assignments.

 usually require several supervised exams.

 may have assignment deadlines that you must meet.

 sometimes require on-campus work.

 must be completed in 16 weeks.

  • require you to start working according to the start date on the syllabus you receive in the mail.

    Register for ELIís STD 100 and LBR 105 early in your college studies. Both courses will help you succeed at NVCC.

    If reading is difficult for you, or if your schedule does not permit regular study, ELI courses may not be appropriate for you. Please look over your course materials as soon as you get them. If you decide there is too much work, make sure to request a refund before your refund period ends. The self quiz on ELIís Web site may help you: eli.nvcc.edu/eliforme/eliforme.asp

The following icons show which technologies are used in each ELI course, as well as any required class meetings. More than one icon indicates that more than one technology is used. "Or" means that you can choose to use one or the other of the technologies shown.

  Computer Software Applications
  Voice Mail
  World Wide Web/Internet
  Meetings required

For more information, visit ELIís Web site at http://eli.nvcc.edu.


Other Distance Learning Options
    Additional distance learning courses may be available at other colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Visit the VCCS Web site at
www.vccs.edu/vccsonline for more information.

Last revised: Wednesday, Jun-11-2003 13:36
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