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Students are mailed a one-page Quick-Start Syllabus. Your Quick Start Syllabus is course specific and you will receive one Quick Start Syllabus per course you are enrolled in through NOVA Online. These are mailed to the mailing address on file. You can check your mailing address by logging into NOVA Connect and looking at the Student Center.
Read through the Quick-Start Syllabus to:
Once you have access to your course in Blackboard, read through the full-length Syllabus to:
Each course requires reading a textbook or other course materials. Additionally, a course may require using a study guide, course-specific computer software, video, or lab equipment. The materials you will need are listed in the course Online Syllabus. You can purchase these materials in the NOVA Online bookstore.
You will have your own enrollment dates which you can find in the Syllabus. Most NOVA Online courses follow a 16-week schedule although some courses may be accelerated with the instructor’s permission. The Enrollment Dates include:
If you are making progress in your course, as specified by your instructor, as you near the end of your enrollment, you may request an incomplete. This would allow you to have additional time in which to complete the remaining assignments.
You can contact your course instructor by phone or by email. You can find your instructor's phone numbers, email addresses and office hours listed in the Syllabus.
Note that when the college is closed, such as on holidays and between semesters, your instructor may not be available.
All students have various techniques that work for them when they are studying. Techniques that seem to help distance students include:
And when it comes to the test…
Most instructors provide information online or in the Course Guide, about the kinds of test questions and the length of the exam. If you have questions, contact your instructor.
Review, review, review, and then relax.
Take this post-test to see how much you know about getting started with online learning
you enroll in an NOVA Online course, what document should you receive
in the postal mail prior to your course start date?
information will you find in a full-length Syllabus?
All of the above
information will you find in a Quick-Start syllabus?
Online course web site address
Critical enrollment dates
Instructor's email address
Dates on your Syllabus include which of the following?
Last day to withdraw with a refund
Inactive Student Dropped Date
First Assignment due date
Start and End Dates
Be sure to review the Important Dates for this semester to prevent automatic withdrawal from your class.
View Important Dates