The eLIFE of a Distance Learner ------------------------------------------------------------ Northern Virginia Community C...
<ul><li>Katie Aimone </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@katieai...
<ul><li>ELI Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Is Distance Learning for Me? </li></ul><ul><li>New Student Orientation </li></ul><ul>...
Learning Outcomes Describe the wide variety of services ELI provides to meet the needs of distance learning students. Iden...
ELI Basics <ul><li>Est. 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 300 courses offered & 300 teaching faculty </li></ul><ul><li>...
ELI Basics Source: NOVA – Daily Enrollment Report for Fall 2011:  October 5, 2011 Campus Headcount FTES AL 14,791 6,564 AN...
ELI Student Support Services Registration Specialists Financial Aid Specialists Orientation Specialist Student Life Course...
Shared Services Distance Learning <ul><li>Pilot program inviting VCCS colleges to offer ELI courses </li></ul><ul><li>ELI ...
Student Services: So True/So False? Employers won’t accept degrees earned from distance learning institutions
Student Services: So True/So False? <ul><li>Distance learning instructors only use email for communicating with students  ...
<ul><li>Courses taken online through an accredited College/University can be transferred to another College/University to ...
Student Services: So True/So False? <ul><li>Distance learning programs are easier than those at brick-and-mortar schools <...
<ul><li>Focus on perspective student </li></ul><ul><li>1. Why are you interested in a distance learning course? </li></ul>...
Orientation <ul><li>Focus on students who have enrolled but not yet begun classes </li></ul><ul><li>Topics Covered </li></...
Common Reader Program  <ul><li>In The Hot Zone, by Kevin Sites </li></ul><ul><li>525 student participants – 60 Classes sel...
Student Services: So True/So False? Distance learning students do not have all the resources available to students on camp...
ELI + Student Life = ELIfe <ul><li>What is student life @ ELI? </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>How we do it? </li></ul>
Outreach & Communications Facebook Newsletter Email Blog
Activities <ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest Lecture webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student bloggers </li></...
Weeks of Welcome <ul><li>Orientation + Student Life </li></ul><ul><li>New and returning students </li></ul><ul><li>Online ...
<ul><li>Test out latest tech gadgets! </li></ul><ul><li>Preview virtual classroom tools and apps! </li></ul><ul><li>Learn ...
Virtual Student Union
 
 
Social Media Communities
Questions & Discussion
<ul><li>Katie Aimone </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@katieai...
<ul><li>ELI Website:  http://eli.nvcc.edu </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning Companion. A Student’s Guide to Online Success </li...
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  • ELI is the Extended Learning Institute at NOVA. Commonly referred to as ELI or E-L-I. The first classes began in 1975 as corresponded courses. Today we have over 300 courses with 300 teaching faculty from all 6 campuses. All faculty are based out of a campus even if they are solely teaching online. Courses are offered in 8, 12, 16 week sessions &amp; ELI offers 19 Associate Degrees, 3 certificates &amp; 13 Career Studies Certificates. As you can see from this breakdown ELI has just over 11,000 students (unduplicated headcount) which would make it the 3 rd largest NOVA campus – if it was a campus.
  • As you can see from this breakdown ELI has just over 11,000 students (unduplicated headcount) which would make it the 3 rd largest NOVA campus – if it was a campus. Types of ELI students…
  • ELI has a fairly large student services staff. There are Counselors and Success Coaches who serve as student Advisors, each Counselor has a specialty such as: Disability, Veterans, Prior Learning, Transfer, Career &amp; Duel Enrollement. ELI has its own financial aid specialist and has a registrar, registration staff &amp; course specialists. ELI has a Librarian which is a new position and a tutoring and testing specialist and Bridget and I make up Orientation and Student Life.
  • 12. Northern Virginia Community College 5. Eastern Shore Community College 6. Germanna Community College 14. Paul D. Camp Community College 16. Rappahannock Community College 18. Southwest Virginia Community College 19. Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Degrees from properly accredited schools are accepted by employers in the same way that traditional degrees are accepted. In fact, there is usually nothing on a diploma to indicate that courses were taken online.
  • Instructors &amp; students communicate in a variety of ways. Email, phone, Blackboard Collaborate or eNOVA web conference software, wimba - a voice recording software used in World Language courses. ELI has a live chat that students (and prospective students) can communicate with staff), ELI has a 24 hour/7 day a week hotline number that students can use to contact staff. Course specific questions would need to go to Instructors, but if students can not contact or get in touch with an instructor they often call the hotline for assistance in reaching that instructor.
  • Again, the key word is accredited Colleges/Universities. Yes, NOVA online courses transfer to four year universities just like on campus courses would. In fact, courses taken online through ELI appear the same as courses taken on campus on a students official transcript.
  • This depends upon the student, the program, and the school. Learning is different for everyone and part of our job is to work with students to know what will work best for that individual. There are the extremes: this class will be easy since it is online and they don’t put the effort in and don’t succeed and others think they couldn’t possibly take a class online because it would be too hard and don’t even try.   Which leads us into the next topic: Is Distance Learning for Me?
  • The focus of this is on the perspective student. When students call asking about information about ELI courses there are 5 questions that they are asked. They are also directed to a webinar that they can take part in to find out more information. This webinar is only offered once a month, so often advisors and coaches are working with students one on one to determine their success. NOVA recently acquired an assessment geared towards perspective and new students to gage their success in distance learning courses. Smarter Measure is a tool that will help assess strengths and opportunities for growth related to distance learning in 6 areas: Life factors, Individual attributes, Learning styles, Technical competency, skills &amp; knowledge, Reading rate and recall, and Typing speed and Accuracy.
  • The focus of the Orientation is on students who are new to distance learning. The webinars are free and optional Pre-Survey Question: What questions do you have about your ELI distance learning course or student services? The topics covered are eNOVA basics: which covers the basics of the tool that we use for the webinar. NOVA also uses this tool for real time class meetings and some instructors use it for office hours or e-meetings with students. Introductions: of presenters – myself and the Student Technology Support Specialist. We also ask the students a round of questions (Is this your first semester at NOVA? Are you a part time student? Are you new to DL? And age category). Quick Start Syllabus: a document students receive in the postal mail before courses begin. Blackboard Overview: The student tech support specialist goes through what a Bb course site looks like – shows an app share, so the students can see what their course will look like. She goes through each tab in detail. Taking Exams: lots of questions about testing. We talk about taking exams on campus, off and through proctor U which is aweb monitoring proctoring system. Student Services: we do an app share to show what resources are available. Tips for Success: talking about being successful as a distance learning student. Post-Survey Questions: This Orientation helped me understand my ELI course better? Yes/no type question What additional topics would you like to see presented in this format? All sessions are recorded and all participants receive a follow up email within 24 hours of the session with the link to review the recording. I find that when I send the follow up I often get comments back from that, after they had some time to process the information. This webinar has been the Orientation for new to distance learning students for the past 5 years. The program is expanding to include this webinar in video format as well as in person sessions.
  • As an introduction to ELI and distance learning, we had our 1 st annual common reader program. We used the book, In the Hot Zone, by Kevin Sites. Kevin is a journalist for Yahoo news and travels to 20 countries to cover 20 wars in one year. Each chapter is a different journey and he writes about each war. We invited 525 students in 60 courses including SDV, English, Photo Journalism to participate. We had a symposium with the author as a guest speaker, he shared video clips and stories of his journey.
  • Librarian, tutoring, Orientation, Student Life events, Advisors, disability services, veteran services, transfer services, prior learning, career, online testing, and more.
  • How we do it… - Collaboration with others – ELI staff (Orientation specialist, student success coaches, librarian, technology support specialist) &amp; Faculty - Technology – used as a tool, not the solution. High tech &amp; high touch
  • Different student services staff make up social media team. We run themes on twitter, facebook and the Student Blog relating to: careers, advising, transfer to help guide ELI students to have the full learning experience. Social Media is a great tool to use as creating leadership opportunities &amp; community.
  • The eLIFE of a Distance Learner

    1. 1. The eLIFE of a Distance Learner ------------------------------------------------------------ Northern Virginia Community College Extended Learning Institute (ELI)
    2. 2. <ul><li>Katie Aimone </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@katieaimone </li></ul>Introductions Bridget Downey Student Life Specialist [email_address]
    3. 3. <ul><li>ELI Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Is Distance Learning for Me? </li></ul><ul><li>New Student Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Student Life </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Student Union </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Information & Resources </li></ul>Presentation Overview
    4. 4. Learning Outcomes Describe the wide variety of services ELI provides to meet the needs of distance learning students. Identify different ways in which technology can be utilized in various settings. Share strategies for incorporating student services for distance learning students.
    5. 5. ELI Basics <ul><li>Est. 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 300 courses offered & 300 teaching faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Courses offered in 8, 12, & 16 week sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Online & Virtual Hybrid Courses </li></ul><ul><li>19 Associate Degrees, 3 Certificates & 13 Career Studies Certificates </li></ul>Source: NOVA – Daily Enrollment Report for Fall 2011: October 5, 2011
    6. 6. ELI Basics Source: NOVA – Daily Enrollment Report for Fall 2011: October 5, 2011 Campus Headcount FTES AL 14,791 6,564 AN 20,536 10,395 ELI 11,117 3,775 LO 9,604 4,571 MA 6,526 3,024 MEC 2,642 932 WO 9,558 4,442
    7. 7. ELI Student Support Services Registration Specialists Financial Aid Specialists Orientation Specialist Student Life Course Specialists Success Coaches Counselors Librarian Tutoring and Testing Technology Support Smarthinking ProctorU SmarterMeasure LivePerson Blackboard Google Apps Saba Centra Facebook Twitter Email Newsletter Word Press
    8. 8. Shared Services Distance Learning <ul><li>Pilot program inviting VCCS colleges to offer ELI courses </li></ul><ul><li>ELI provides student services: orientation, tutoring, testing, success coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Popular courses: language </li></ul><ul><li>Currently serving 8 schools (as of Spring 2012) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Student Services: So True/So False? Employers won’t accept degrees earned from distance learning institutions
    10. 10. Student Services: So True/So False? <ul><li>Distance learning instructors only use email for communicating with students </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Courses taken online through an accredited College/University can be transferred to another College/University to fulfill requirements towards graduation </li></ul>Student Services: So True/So False?
    12. 12. Student Services: So True/So False? <ul><li>Distance learning programs are easier than those at brick-and-mortar schools </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Focus on perspective student </li></ul><ul><li>1. Why are you interested in a distance learning course? </li></ul><ul><li>2. How effectively do you manage your time? </li></ul><ul><li>3. How much time do you have available to work on course requirements? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Are you an independent learner? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Are you comfortable with technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Webinar offered once a month </li></ul><ul><li>Smarter Measure Assessment </li></ul>Is Distance Learning For Me?
    14. 14. Orientation <ul><li>Focus on students who have enrolled but not yet begun classes </li></ul><ul><li>Topics Covered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eNOVA Basics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick-Start Syllabus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking Exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for Success </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Optional survey generated when student enters & exits the Orientation webinar to help with assessment </li></ul>
    15. 15. Common Reader Program <ul><li>In The Hot Zone, by Kevin Sites </li></ul><ul><li>525 student participants – 60 Classes selected to participate including SDV, English, & Photo Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>http://elife.nvcc.edu/commonreader/ </li></ul>
    16. 16. Student Services: So True/So False? Distance learning students do not have all the resources available to students on campus
    17. 17. ELI + Student Life = ELIfe <ul><li>What is student life @ ELI? </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>How we do it? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Outreach & Communications Facebook Newsletter Email Blog
    19. 19. Activities <ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest Lecture webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student bloggers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual club meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinar series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contests: Trivia challenge, scavenger hunts (using Google docs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Face-to-Face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Service events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellness Series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Fair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall Fest & Family Day </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Weeks of Welcome <ul><li>Orientation + Student Life </li></ul><ul><li>New and returning students </li></ul><ul><li>Online + F2F activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome to Fall semester e-mail blast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellness seminar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twice weekly Orientation webinars (a.m. & p.m.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Do you think you know ELI?” online scavenger hunt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virginia Trivia Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TECH FAIR </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Test out latest tech gadgets! </li></ul><ul><li>Preview virtual classroom tools and apps! </li></ul><ul><li>Learn ways to connect with ELI staff and fellow students in dynamic ways outside of your course site! </li></ul><ul><li>Get all your tech questions answered, learn about online support resources, and meet students, faculty and staff before Fall courses begin! </li></ul><ul><li>Team: Student Tech Support, Librarian, Orientation, Student Life, Instructional Designers </li></ul>TECH FAIR
    22. 22. Virtual Student Union
    23. 25. Social Media Communities
    24. 26. Questions & Discussion
    25. 27. <ul><li>Katie Aimone </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@katieaimone </li></ul><ul><li>@novaelife </li></ul>Bridget Downey Student Life Specialist [email_address] www.eli.nvcc.edu www.slideshare.net/novaelife
    26. 28. <ul><li>ELI Website: http://eli.nvcc.edu </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning Companion. A Student’s Guide to Online Success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watkins & Corry, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning for Student Services: Best Practices for the 21stCentury </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beede & Burnett (Eds.), Society for College and University Planning, 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Successful Distance Learning Student </li></ul><ul><li> Wahlstrom, Williams & Shea, Wadsworth/Thompson Learning, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Webinar Schedule : http://eli.nvcc.edu/webinars.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Student Blog: http://elifestudentblog.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>Resources & References

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