College Catalog 2013-2014

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Learning and Technology Resources

Learning and technology resources provided at each campus include library services, and may include information and instructional technology support services, audiovisual services, placement testing, and learning laboratory facilities. The materials, systems, and services are designed to support the programs of the College and to create an environment conducive to learning. While the primary emphasis is directed towards supporting instructional programs at each campus, appropriate services are provided to citizens as a part of the College commitment to serve the educational needs of the community.

Library

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community may access the combined College collection of more than 400,000 units of print and nonprint materials that is available at all of the campuses or remotely via the College's online public access catalog. Books, periodicals, and media are loaned among the campuses by intercampus mail couriers.

Open stacks and immediate access to materials are common to all campuses. Books, periodicals, online databases, and media are selected primarily for support of the campus instructional programs, for personal intellectual growth, and the development of a cultural environment. Extensive access to online materials adds breadth and depth to the resources. All patrons may use networked workstations on campus to search a variety of online resources and the Internet. Access to electronic resources and campus library information is available on the library website. Students, faculty, and staff may also access subscription databases remotely through a proxy server.

Staff members provide reference assistance and instruction in the use of resources both on-site and virtually to distance users. Through a reciprocal agreement, NOVA students, faculty, and staff have access to the library collections at George Mason University.

Learning Laboratories and Testing Services

Systems for individual use of self-instructional materials are common to all campuses. Individualized instruction is offered through a variety of instructional systems. Testing services for placement purposes, for classes, and in support of the Extended Learning Institute are available in the Testing Centers. Trained staff members provide access, instruction, and tutorial assistance in foundation subjects. Both specialized and generalized learning laboratories are designed to support and complement the instructional programs on the individual campuses.

Instructional Technology Services

Instructional Technology Services supports classroom instruction, community services, the library, and the learning laboratories. The staff assists faculty in the technological aspects of instructional design, including photography, computer graphics, web page design and video production, and provide support for the use of distance education systems and software.

Information Technology Support Services

Information Technology Support Services provides College personnel with information technology services, which include computer installation, hardware and software troubleshooting, telephone services, network connections, and technology training.

Assistive Technology Services

The Office of Disability Services provides College personnel professional development opportunities in the use of assistive technology tools used to serve students with disabilities. Some of those tools include software programs to help enhance academic skills in reading and writing, text-to-speech programs, dictation software programs, as well as hardware such as alternate keyboards, text magnifiers, and start pens. Disability Services also provides support in the conversion of alternate format for texts and course materials when needed to support the specific needs of students with disabilities.

Television Services

Television production, video streaming, and satellite downlinking services are provided by the Television Center. Virginia Distance Education Network video links among the campuses and other colleges are provided and supported by the College Television Center and supported by campus staff. The Television Center is located on the Annandale Campus and provides a complete television production, editing, and transmission facility. The Television Center provides a direct link to local cable TV systems for credit telecourses and other College programming. The Center also has connections to George Mason University to provide satellite uplink services.