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Building A Cost-Effective Online Orientation: Best Practices, Essential Components, & Practical Applications

TypingBuilding A Cost-Effective Online Orientation: Best Practices, Essential Components, & Practical Applications
Tuesday, June 5 ~ 3:00-4:30pm EDT
online webinar
Host: Innovative Educators
NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date. The recording is included and is accessible for one full year.
An online orientation program can be an innovative, cost-effective, and practical way of facilitating transitions into higher education for many different populations. This session will highlight the utility of using online orientation for multiple institutional audiences (freshmen, transfers, parents, international students, traditional students, and non-traditional students). Presenters will provide an introduction to online orientations including relevant learning theories and best practices, as well as a preliminary planning document for use following the seminar. This session will also showcase a variety of successful online orientations that bridge populations and institutional types.

  • Become familiar with the history and current online orientation practices
  • Draw from relevant theories to substantiate online orientation as an authentic learning environment
  • Identify best practices and typical components for an online orientation
  • Discuss the implications for utilizing online orientation with diverse populations
  • View/tour a variety of different online orientation applications
  • Be provided with a preliminary planning document

Who should attend?
Professionals interested in utilizing online orientation programs for the population they serve.
Speakers: Clay Adams and Jessica Hale
Clay Adams serves as the Assistant Dean for New Student Programs at Duke University. Clay joined the Duke family full-time in the summer of 2003 as a Residence Coordinator. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Business Management, and a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Clay directs all new student transition programs including: the Student Transition Series, pre-orientation programs, orientation welcome week, communications and student group advisement. In 2008 he led a project team, which ultimately developed Duke’s online orientation program known on-campus as the Summer Transition Series. Clay’s research interests include: international education, student transition, higher education finance and online education.
Jessica Hale is a faculty member in the Academic Skills department at Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and an educational consultant. Prior to working with transitioning students in the classroom, Jessica coordinated WCC’s Orientation program. In this capacity Jessica welcomed more than 15,000 students to WCC’s campus and participated in the development and implementation of a successful online orientation. Jessica served as the co-chair of the Two Year College Network for the National Orientation Directors Association from 2007-11. In addition, she has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics related to online orientation, educational technology, and transitional programming for students and parents. Jessica holds an M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and recently completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University.
Enquiries: pam@ieinfo.org
Web address: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/174.htm
Sponsored by: Innovative Educators


What's the cost of technology downtime in class?


Talk of the weather, for many in higher education, is the clearest sign that time and money are being wasted while faculty members and students wait for IT staff to hustle to their lecture hall and fix a projector, or computer, or microphone.
David Siedell, senior IT director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, said that like the private sector, colleges can lose hundreds of hours of scheduled work time thanks at least in part to technical difficulties.
And now, college and university officials can see just how much money is going to waste caused by technology shortcomings with a free online calculator that takes into account the number of campus employees in the room, those employees’ salaries, and the length of the delay.
Full Text: The cost of technology downtime in the classroom is more than you think | eCampus News.

Universities setting a course for home

For many potential students a full-time, campus degree is not an option. So could distance learning be the answer?

Frozen Planet 2 Spring

The Open University’s Frozen Planet course is designed in conjunction with the BBC series shot in Antartica. Photograph: Jeff Wilson/BBC/Jeff Wilson

As prospective students face up to the increased cost of higher education, universities have become keenly aware of the need to offer cheaper options. Higher education providers are, as a result, increasingly looking to develop novel, workplace-relevant distance learning versions of degrees, which they say are considerably less expensive than that of a full-time, on-campus experience.
Such innovation is already paying dividends at the Open University (OU), for example, where a higher than average number of students recently signed up to a new course on the ecology and wildlife of Antarctica. Designed in conjunction with the BBC Frozen Planet series, for which OU academics acted as advisers and presenters, the course has unique footage shot on location specifically for OU students, exclusive access to BBC archive film and an interactive study website written by Dr Mark Brandon, a polar scientist involved in the making of the documentary. As a result, the OU has seen double the enrollment numbers it would typically expect for a new course.
Full Article: Distance learning | Education | guardian.co.uk.