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The eLIFE of a Distance Learner


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Virginia Student Services Conference, November 2011

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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> </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]
  26. 28. <ul><li>ELI Website: </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 : </li></ul><ul><li>Student Blog: </li></ul>Resources & References