EXTENDED LEARNING INSTITUTE (ELI)
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
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: Internet, CD, videotape,
DVD, cable TV, live eNOVA virtual (web) classroom, audiotape, and
voice mail. A few courses require class meetings. Exams are taken
at any campus Testing Center except the Medical Education Campus
(MEC). 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; many ELI courses
have additional sections starting throughout the semester. When
course capacity limits are reached, ELI sections are closed to
Important Dates. Courses shown in this Schedule
will begin on August 22, unless otherwise indicated. There will
be no refunds for these courses after September 4, 2005. 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. An online orientation is available
at http://eli.nvcc.edu/orientation. An orientation video is also
available in campus LRS facilities and on local cable TV stations
at 12:30 PM every Sunday. Register for ELI’s SDV
100 and LBR 105 early in your college studies. Both courses will help you
succeed at NVCC.
Getting Started. ELI courses require you
to start working according to the start date on the course information
receive in the mail to avoid administrative withdrawal. 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 7 days after the course is
scheduled to begin, contact ELI registration immediately at (703)
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
except the Medical Education Campus (MEC). 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 22. 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 a complete list of viewing options, 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 http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/studentmail.html.
Course Length. ELI courses are generally 16 weeks
in length. However, some distance courses have an accelerated 8-week
option available. If your work is satisfactory and you have completed
approximately 50% of the required work as specified by the instructor,
you may request in writing additional time to complete your course.
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). Follow campus registration
procedures, including NovaConnect online and telephone, to drop
courses. No refunds will be made after the specified
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
degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Business
Management (including Public Management
Information Technology (Microcomputer Specialization),
and Liberal Arts
certificates in Bookkeeping, Public Management, Small
Business Management, and Professional
Writing for Business, Government and
career studies certificates in Accounting, Audiovisual
Communications Technology, Business Information
Technology, Business Management
Principles, Desktop Publishing, eCommerce,
and Microcomputer Usage.
Distance learning is NOT for everyone. If reading is difficult
for you or if your schedule does not permit regular study, ELI
distance learning 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.
ELI Distance Learning Courses...
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).
require more reading and more written assignments and may
have assignment deadlines that you must meet.
require several supervised exams.
sometimes require on-campus work.
must be completed in 16 weeks.
Internet: Most ELI courses use the Internet for
assignments, quizzes, and/or discussion. See the distance learning
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 Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or
later) or Netscape Navigator (version 4.8 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.
eNOVA (Powered by Centra): While
most distance course work is completed independently, some courses
require weekly scheduled web meetings using eNOVA virtual classroom.
These ELI courses are called online hybrid courses. Using a home
computer (PC only; not MAC compatible), a microphone headset, and
Internet connection, students attend regular online sessions at
pre-designated times. (See individual course notes or your instructor
for meeting details). Minimum technology requirements include a
computer (PC with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP; P133+
MHz, 32+ MB memory; and 800x600 or higher display resolution);
a broadband Internet connection (Cable, DSL, T-1 line; 28.8 kbps
dial-up service is not recommended); Internet browser (Internet
Explorer 4.01 or later); a computer headset with microphone; and
an NVCC-provided username and password. You are required to review
the technology overview/directions at http://www.nvcc.edu/depts/centra/welcome.asp?u=part&n=part and perform a system check http://www.nvcc.edu/depts/centra/techreq.asp at least two days prior to your first eNOVA session. Contact the
NVCC eNOVA Technology Support Line (703-323-3330) for technical
support and your instructor for course details. An orientation
may be required.
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
NVCC campuses offer additional courses that provide non-traditional,
flexible scheduling options. See the campus course listings in
this Schedule for details, or go to http://eli.nvcc.edu/coursesearch.asp to search online. Distance learning courses are also offered
at other colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Visit
the VCCS Web site at http://www.vccs.edu/vccsonline for more
EXTENDED LEARNING INSTITUTE (ELI)
Distance Learning Courses
PLEASE NOTE: ELI courses begin on the date indicated and are based
on a 16-week schedule. Additional sections of some courses are
added throughout the semester, based on enrollment capacity. Check
the course listings on NovaConnect at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect for open sections. The ELI orientation is recommended for all first-time
ELI students (http://eli.nvcc.edu/orientation). Please check to
make sure your mailing address is current at the time you register.