EXTENDED LEARNING INSTITUTE (ELI)
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
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
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)
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
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
for more information.