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An online orientation program can be an innovative, cost-effective, and practical way of facilitating transitions into higher education for many different populations. As colleges increase their distance learning offerings, it makes great sense to utilize this medium in the orientation process. How do you get started? What are the typical components? What schools and programs are having success with online orientations? How do you design a meaningful online experience for several audiences?
Drawing from relevant theories to substantiate online orientation as an authentic learning environment, this webinar 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.
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 is 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 completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University.
Katie Granholm serves as the Associate Director for New Student Programs at DePaul University. In this role, Katie oversees orientation programming for incoming DePaul students. Prior to serving in this role, she worked at the University of Minnesota in New Student and Family Engagement for six years, where she collaborated with a team to streamline, enhance, and assess online orientation programming. Katie holds a M.S.Ed. from Illinois State University and has been an active NODA member, serving in a variety of leadership rolls, since 2006.
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