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Distance Learning and Online Classes

The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) of Northern Virginia Community College has been a nationally recognized leader in distance learning since 1975. Many students choose online courses due to busy work schedules or family caregiving responsibilities, to take a class that requires little or no travel for in-person meetings, or simply because they enjoy learning online. Online courses require the self-discipline to study on your own, good reading skills, a commitment of time, and good Internet access.

They involve interacting with your professor and your classmates using a variety of technologies. Some courses require scheduled online sessions at pre-designated times using a microphone and headset, meeting online through Blackboard; meeting times will be noted in the Schedule of Classes under Course Notes if this is the case. NOVA faculty and ELI staff are available to provide assistance by telephone, email, office visits, or through the mail. Visit the ELI website for more information.