Run the Blackboard Tutorial:
As soon as you have access to your blackboard course it is important to run the Blackboard tutorial that is provided in your course. This tutorial will make sure your computer is up to date with all the software you will need for your ELI course. If any additional software is required for your course, it will be listed in the Welcome section of Blackboard.
The ELI Tech Fair gave students an overview of the apps that are available to download. Check out the resources and get your phone and/or tablet ready for the semester. Are you using an e-reader? Check out the Library Resources available.
Be prepared for emergency closings:
Sign up for NOVA Alerts, join ELI and NOVA’s Social Media sites and check your student email. These are all great ways to be prepared for any emergency closings, updates and announcements. If a campus is closed for any reason this will affect the Testing Centers; Plan ahead.
Participate in an online orientation webinar. If there is not a time/date that works for you contact me (Katie Aimone, ELI Orientation Specialist) and I will send you a recording. There are also several webinars offered throughout the semester. This is a great way to get questions answered and meet fellow students.
What is in your “tool kit”? What has helped as you get started in your ELI courses?