NLI partners with the university’s colleges to provide full-time teaching faculty with new computers every four years. Each year, colleges are allocated a certain number of computers based on university census data and anticipated growth or attrition. Each college selects eligible faculty to participate in the program.

Faculty must earn 12 NLI professional development credits as Computer Refresh participants to receive a computer. The credits can be earned over a four-year period. After receiving a new computer, credits are reset and you may start earning credits toward your next computer.


How to Earn 12 Credits

  • Select any combination of fall or spring offerings.
  • Select any 1.5 day summer program  for 12 credits that are available in May and June.
  • Implement a teaching tool or strategy with NLI consultation and select related offerings for a total of 1 – 12 credits.


NLI Participants

New faculty are selected for the program each year and notified by email in September. The 12 credit requirement should be fulfilled by May 31 of your participation year in order to qualify for a new computer. To view your earned NLI credits, log onto the enrollment system with your VT PID and password. Select your name, which appears in the top right corner of the page, then select to “Student Dashboard.” Credits earned are listed in the completed section as well as the PDF Transcript.


Full-time teaching faculty are eligible. Colleges and departments select faculty to participate in the program. NLI does not make selections.

The program is designed to accommodate faculty every four years.

In order to have the most flexibility and availability of sessions and programs, we recommend you enroll as soon as enrollment is open to you. Sessions fill up quickly.

Information about the new computer models and the selection process will be sent to participants in the fall. A computer showcase also is held each December, where vendors are available to discuss models and provide demonstrations.

Computers are distributed in the spring (May/June).

Navigate to the enrollment system and browse or search for sessions.

  • Browse or search for the session of your choice. 
  • Click the title of the session. 
  • Click the Enroll button.

Note: If you can not select enroll, please ensure you are logged in to the enrollment system by using your PID/Password.

An online session is a live webcast of the session. This option is made available, primarily, for participants who are not located in Blacksburg.

Navigate to the Enrollment system and select Transcript from the main navigation menu.

Navigate to the Enrollment system and select your name in the top right corner. Select Student Dashboard from the menu.

The bulk of the sessions are added by the start of the spring and fall semesters; however, sessions may be added throughout the academic year.

Please contact the IT specialist in your department for all computer-related issues.