ELI & Other Distance Learning Options



8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
703-323-3347 V/TDD 703-323-3717

The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) offers courses to students who prefer to study independently. Most coursework may be completed 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 or DVD, cable TV, World Wide Web, computer programs on disk or CD-ROM, audiotape or CD, 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.

Admission/Registration. If you are new to NVCC or returning after three years of non-attendance, you must complete an Application for Admission. If you are claiming entitlement to in-state tuition rates, you must also complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates. You may apply online using the NovaConnect Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect, or use the forms in this schedule. You may register for ELI courses through campus registration procedures, including NovaConnect online and telephone registration, the same as for any NVCC course. Find the class/index numbers in the course listings on the following pages. Please check to make sure your address is current at the time you register.

Many ELI courses have multiple sections starting throughout the semester. When course capacity limits are reached, ELI sections are closed to further registration. If you register after broadcasts of your telecourse 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 Telecourse Broadcast Schedule for details. For more information, visit our Web site at http://eli.nvcc.edu or call (703) 323-3347.

Important Dates. Courses shown in this Schedule will begin on May 17, 2004. There will be no refunds for these courses after June 3, 2004. For additional sections that start later in the semester, check the course listings on the NovaConnect Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect.

ELI Orientation. The ELI orientation is available online at http://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. To begin your course, go to http://eli.nvcc.edu/courses.htm. If you do not have Internet access (workstations are available at all campuses and public libraries), contact ELI at (703) 323-3347. You will also receive course enrollment confirmation in the mail. If you do not receive this confirmation by 10 days after the course is scheduled to begin, contact ELI registration immediately at (703) 323-3368.

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 course information 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 more than 12 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. Some materials may be ordered online at http://direct.mbsbooks.com/novaeli.htm.

Refund Period. You may drop an ELI course for refund no later than the Last Refund Date listed in the course information sent to you (see Important Dates above). Follow campus registration procedures, including NovaConnect online and telephone, to drop courses. No refunds will be made after the specified dates.

ELI Course Withdrawal. You may withdraw from an ELI course without grade penalty any time during the time period specified by the College. Details are included in the course information 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. You may want to consider purchasing a semester parking permit if you think you will need to be on campus frequently to use the library, take a test, purchase materials at the campus bookstore, etc. 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: Most ELI courses use the World Wide Web for assignments, quizzes, and/or discussion. See ELI’s Web site at http://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).

  • l usually require more reading and more written assignments.

  • l usually require several supervised exams.

  • l may have assignment deadlines that you must meet.

  • l sometimes require on-campus work.

  • l must be completed in 16 weeks.

  • l require you to start working according to the start date on the course information you receive in the mail.

Register for ELI’s 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 ELI’s Web site may help you: http://eli.nvcc.edu/eliforme/eliforme.asp.

For more information, visit ELI’s 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 http://www.vccs.edu/vccsonline for more information.


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