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Putting Together the Pieces of a Successful Student Orientation

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Practical tips and suggestions on creating an orientation course for college students.

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Putting Together the Pieces of a Successful Student Orientation

  1. 1. Putting Together the Pieces of a Successful Student Orientation Julie Owen Vice President of Client Relations SmarterServices All participants will receive: 1.Feedback survey 2.Recording of session 3.Slidedeck 4.Sources used in presentation 5.Orientation Creation Worksheet
  2. 2. Getting Started Determine Goals Learn your students Measure readiness Discover challenges Evaluate current resources Create new content Implement
  3. 3. What is the GOAL? Improve Retention Enhance Enrollment Support Students
  4. 4. GROUP LIKE PIECES… know thy student • Adult - technology • Working - flexibility • Traditional - responsibility • Transfer - community
  5. 5. know thy student… The SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator measures non-cognitive skills & learner readiness in 7 areas: 1. Individual Attributes 2. Life Factors 3. Learning Styles 4. Technical Competency 5. Technical Knowledge 6. Typing Speed & Accuracy 7. Reading Rate & Recall
  6. 6. Review Student Data- Weaknesses/Challenges
  7. 7. Provide Resources & Interventions
  8. 8. LOCATE & ORGANIZE PIECES • Check repositories • Research content from consortium/service centers • Participate in ListServs & Ask for resources • Review your school’s website/links, etc
  9. 9. CONTENT CREATION • Vimeo • VideoScribe • Animoto • Quizlet • Wordle • MindMeister • VoiceThread • Social Networks • Comevo • Screencast
  10. 10. COMEVO Think of Comevo as the mechanism which helps you link all those pieces together to a finished work of art! Monica Carinio » 800-748-0975 x 809 » monica.carinio@comevo.com » www.comevo.com
  11. 11. Helping staff create orientation programs that are more effective. About Comevo The Market Leader in Online Orientation » Founded 2006 » 600,000+ users » 100+ College & University clients » Market Leader 12
  12. 12. Versatile, flexible, affordable. The Comevo Difference What Makes Us Unique » Hosted software service » Affordable » Customer-supplied content » Subscription pricing » Unsurpassed Customer Service » CMS and LMS » SIS interface » Responsive template » Campus-wide tool 13
  13. 13. Optimal user-experience no matter what the device. Responsive Template 14
  14. 14. Scale up with unlimited modules! Campus-Wide Applications 15 » New Student Orientation » Student Success Program » Title IX – VAWA/SaVE » Academic Probation » HR Staff Onboarding » Financial Aid » Special Populations » Parent Module » Prospective Students » Diversity
  15. 15. A rule of thumb is a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. It is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for making some determination.
  16. 16. Rules of Thumb • SIMPLE (now is not the time to impress your student) • ORGANIZED (be concise and deliberate) • ENGAGING (ask for feedback) • PROVIDE OPTIONS (Offer 2 delivery methods per piece of information)
  17. 17. TIPS LESS IS MORE WE ALL LEARN DIFFERENTLY BE THOROUGH BUT DON’T OVERWHELM MATCH DELIVERY FEEDBACK INTERVIEW STUDENTS
  18. 18. LESS IS MORE
  19. 19. WE ALL LEARN DIFFERENTLY
  20. 20. BE THOROUGH; DON’T OVERWHELM 1. Is it NECESSARY? 2. Is it NICE? 3. LEARN MORE button 4. THINK like a first time college student
  21. 21. MATCH DELIVERY Online Classes Online delivery of orientation F2F classes F2F delivery of orientation Scheduled time for class Specific time/date for orientation UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN
  22. 22. MATCH DELIVERY
  23. 23. FEEDBACK Test with students Test with family/friends Make Adjustments Test with colleagues Compare to similar programs
  24. 24. INTERVIEW STUDENTS
  25. 25. CRITICAL PIECES Communicati on Achieving sense of community Familiarity with Technology Support Resources Strengthenin g Non- Cognitive Skills Accountabilit y Follow up Logistics Instructions Requiremen t
  26. 26. MOTIVATION, SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT
  27. 27. CONTACT/SURVEY Julie Owen – SmarterServices julie@smarterservices.com 334.356.8353 Monica Carinio – Comevo monica.carinio@comevo.com 800-748-0975 x 809 COMPLETE SURVEY & BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A $50 DONATION TO CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE
  28. 28. RESOURCES • SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator - http://smartermeasure.com • Online Orientation Bulider - http://comevo.com • https://d-commons.d.umn.edu/bitstream/10792/280/1/McClure,%20Jo.pdf • https://www.higheredjobs.com/higheredcareers/interviews.cfm?ID=402 • http://www.newfoundations.com/OrgTheory/Schupp721Sp06.htm • LIST Serv - http://www.sc.edu/fye/listservs/subscrib.html • https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/redesigning-first- year-orientation-course • https://bucks.instructure.com/courses/36545/pages/understanding-the- dashboard?module_item_id=147004

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