EXTENDED LEARNING INSTITUTE (ELI)
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
703-323-3347 V/TDD 703-323-3717
8000 Forbes Place
Springfield, VA 22151
Extended Learning Institute (ELI) offers distance learning 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 numbers in the course listings
on the following pages. Please check to make sure your mailing
address is current at the time you register.
ELI courses start at the beginning of the semester, and many ELI
courses have additional sections starting throughout the semester.
When course capacity limits are reached, ELI sections are closed
to further registration.
Important Dates. Courses shown in this Schedule
will begin on August 23, 2004, unless otherwise indicated. There
will be no refunds for these courses after September 9. 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 facilities 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.
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.
Telecourse Information. If you register for a telecourse, broadcasts
begin on local cable television the week of August 23. If you register
after these broadcasts have begun, you may view missed programs
at campus Learning Resource Services (LRS) facilities. Some telecourses
are also broadcast as Overnight Blockfeed, some are available for
rental, and some are available on the Internet. For complete information,
see the Telecourse Broadcast Schedule at http://eli.nvcc.edu/tvschedule.htm.
Student E-mail. All NVCC students receive a student e-mail account
through the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). You must
use this account for all course-related e-mail correspondence.
For information on how to set up and access your account, go to
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.
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
Courses for Degrees and Certificates. ELI offers all courses required
for degrees in Business Administration, Business Management (including
Public Management Specialization), General
Studies, Information Technology (Microcomputer Specialization), and Liberal
addition, ELI offers all courses for certificates in Bookkeeping,
Public Management, Small Business Management, and Professional
Writing for Business, Government and Industry and career studies
certificates in Accounting, Audio Visual Communications
Technology, Business Information Technology, Business Management
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.