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Getting Started with Online Learning

Start Here: Introduction to Online Learning

We’re excited to have you join our dynamic and innovative educational community. At NOVA Online, learning knows no bounds with our asynchronous format, allowing you to tailor your studies to fit your schedule and learning style.

Why NOVA Online?

  • Diverse Community: Join over 20,000 students from various backgrounds in a vibrant community of learners.
  • Extensive Offerings: Explore 19 degrees and 16 certificates/career studies certificates across numerous fields. With over 300 courses available, there’s something for everyone.
  • Equal Access: Enjoy the same tuition rates, support systems, and resources as on-campus students, ensuring you have everything you need to succeed.
  • Quality Education: Benefit from our regional accreditation by SACSCOC, ensuring the quality and credibility of your education.

Your journey toward academic and personal fulfillment starts here. Welcome aboard!

Next Step: Orientation Sessions

NOVA Online Orientation

Get off to a winning start in your NOVA Online course. If you are new to NOVA Online, we strongly encourage you complete our orientation program, Success in Online Learning. The recorded orientation features student testimonials and tips, NOVA policies and support details, video links offering testing and study strategies, as well as best practices and tips to help you navigate your online experience with confidence.

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Are you a first-time-to-college student?

New2NOVA is NOVA's online, interactive orientation program available to all incoming students. The program provides new students with an introduction to NOVA including information about academic programs, policies, procedures, student services and other valuable resources available to you as a NOVA student.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete New2NOVA prior to enrolling in courses at NOVA. Select the NOVA Online track to learn information that is useful and important for students taking NOVA Online sections.

On Your First Day

Visit the NOVA Online Student Blog for tips for success in online courses. Specifically read through Critical Course Deadlines and Preparing for your First Day for tips for success.

  • Log in to your   My NOVA  account using your VCCS username and password.
  • Select “Canvas” from the My Tools Section.
  • Find your courses in the “Canvas Dashboard” section and enter each course site.
  • Read the course syllabus in detail. Make sure you are comfortable with the pace of the course.
  • Get started on your first week’s assignments. You must complete the first assignment by the assigned deadline to avoid being administratively dropped from the course for non-participation.
  • Establish a Routine!  All online classes, regardless of session length, are based on the full 15-week course material; 12, 8 and 5 week courses will move at an accelerated pace.
  • Plan Ahead!  All online classes require proctored exams or assignments. Plan ahead for your proctored exams so you don’t miss any deadlines. Check your course syllabus and review testing policies.
  • Let NOVA Online staff know if you have any questions.