Course Information Access for Prospective Students

Author Information
Author(s): 
John Sener
Author(s): 
The Sloan Consortium
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Northern Virginia Community College
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Northern Virginia Community College employs several strategies to provide online course information for prospective students.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

How this practice supports access:
NVCC uses several strategies to provide access to course information for prospective students in its web-based courses and distance learning courses offered by its Extended Learning Institute (ELI). These include:

NovaOnline website lists NVCC web-based courses accessible by subject, campus, or faculty name. Each course listing includes a brief description characterizing the course by course type (campus or distance), web use (full course or resource), number of class meetings, and the type of registration(continuous or normal).
Course Information page: For ELI courses, there is a "More Information" link to a course summary page containing detailed information about the course including a course overview, course objectives, textbooks and other required materials, grading policies, exam policies and procedures, and instructor contact information.
Iconic guide to course delivery modes: NVCC's Schedule of Classes (both print and online versions) uses a set of icons to show which technologies are used in each ELI course, as well as any required class meetings. More than one icon indicates that more than one technology is used; the guide also indicates when a student can choose to use one or the other of the technologies shown.

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

Ancedotal evidence and personal experience indicate that this is an effective practice for providing prospective and current students with access to essential course information.

Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice: 

Low

Other Comments: 

Compare this practice with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Course Information page - http://www.erau.edu/omni/ec/dleo/dleo_ug_degrees.html and click on a course listing, which contains similar course information for prospective and current students

Contact(s) for this Effective Practice
Effective Practice Contact: 
Barbara Hatheway, Assistant Director, Extended Learning Institute
Email this contact: 
bhatheway@nvcc.vccs.edu