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  • Engaging Students and Fostering Community with Web 2.0 Northeast Connect Conference November 16, 2007 Mary Zedeck, Instructional Designer Hezal Patel, Freshman Studies Mentor Elizabeth Cappelluti, Freshman Studies Mentor
  • Seton Hall University
    • Catholic diocesan university
    • 5000 undergraduate, 10,000 students overall
    • New York suburb/city is a train-ride away
    • 150 years old
    • Six undergraduate colleges: A&S, Education, Diplomacy, Nursing, Business, and Theology
  • Freshman Studies
    • Academic department dedicated solely to freshmen
    • Consists of Dean, Associate Dean, Six Full-time Faculty Mentors and Seven Part-Time Graduate Assistant Mentors
    • Mentors serve as academic advisers and instruct University Life class
  • University Life
    • One credit academic course mandatory for all freshmen that meets during their first semester
    • Taught by Mentor with assistance from the Peer Adviser
    • Students are put into a group based on their major at Orientation and all members of the group are assigned to the same University Life section
  • Promoting Student Engagement
    • Beginning in March
      • Freshman Studies sends home brochures to engage the students and invite them to participate in the life of the university
      • A Blackboard community is populated starting in March which allows students to explore the use of technology at Seton Hall University
  • Laptops: Integral Part of Program
    • All new Seton Hall students receive a laptop when they come to “Pirate Adventure” orientation in June
    • Seton Hall hosts three two-day mandatory overnight Orientations during a week and a half in June
    • Helps students connect to the university and brings more students to the June orientation sessions
  • Laptops in June
    • Deliberate program created to encourage students to engage in the Seton Hall community through technology during the summer
    • Students were given assignments that required them to use their laptops
  • Class of 2011 Portal in Blackboard
    • Communication tool
    • Placement testing
    • Announcements
    • Staff Information
    • Access to Mentor ePortfolios
    • Audio download of summer reading
    • Blog
    • Podcast episodes
    • Let’s take a look at the Organization!
  • Summer 2006
    • Freshman Studies Podcast: Students learned about the university through Freshman Studies podcast episodes
    • We created 11 podcast episodes to introduce students to life at Seton Hall University
    • Various administrators and faculty recorded episodes about their departments and student resources
  • Summer 2007
    • Freshman Studies blog was created in order to provide freshmen with further detailed information about resources and events at Seton Hall
    • Freshman Studies Mentors created the blog entries
    • Throughout the summer and fall semester, Mentors created 37 blog entries
    • Thirteen of the blog entries included a link to new and updated podcast episodes
    • Podcast episodes were also available through the Blackboard community
  • Freshman Studies Blog
    • Freshman Studies Blog
    • Created in Movable Type
    • Entries created and posted by Mentors
    • Comments are not operational
    • Includes subscription option, photos, web links, email links, podcast episode links
  • Freshman Studies Podcast
    • Podcast in Blackboard
      • Subscription
      • Episodes
    • Dining Services podcast episode
  • Fall 2006 Assessment
    • Freshman class was assessed after the Fall 2006 semester
    • 84% of the class participated in the survey
    • 33% said the podcast helped prepare them for their first year of college
    • Fall 2007 Assessment will take place in December
  • The Future
    • Continue with blog and podcast
    • Informal and formal assessment will include questioning students as to what they felt they needed information about that was not included in the blog this year
    • Possibly open up comments on the blog to students
    • Give students opportunity to post to blog
    • Digital Stories created by students in University Life class to be embedded in blog
  • Questions??
    • Thank You!!
    • Mary Zedeck, Instructional Designer
    • Hezal Patel, Freshman Studies Mentor
    • Elizabeth Cappelluti, Freshman Studies Mentor