Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What is in your "Tool Kit"?

Wherever you are in the semester, this Online Tool Kit is a good reminder of what tips and tools you might need in an ELI course. This post provided me with a lot of good advice, tips and resources that I wanted to share with you. In addition to the tech tools listed in the post, I wanted to add some ELI specific tips and tools for your Online Tool Kit.

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.

Mobile Devices:

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.

Online Orientation:

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? 


  1. Wow! The resources from the Tech Fair will really come in use. Thanks for posting.

  2. I just learned something new about Twitter and Evernote. @myEN lets you save tweets directly to your Evernote account. Here’s how:

    1. Follow @myEN

    2. You will receive a direct message from myEN containing a link. Click the link.

    3. Sign into Evernote and link your Evernote and Twitter accounts.

    4. You’re all set. Now add @myEN to any public tweet or Direct Message new notes to myEN

    more information @myEN. @Evernote accounts are free--apps available to download. Are you on twitter? Follow ELI @NOVAELIFE.

    Something else for your Tool Kit!