Aligning Student & Academic Affairs To Collaborate & Create An Online New Student Orientation
- Breaking silos developed over the years by physical and operational barriers between Academic and Student Affairs regarding onboarding new students.
- Reducing blockades of communication and understanding of processes that affect students from both sides of the house.
- Reducing the fire hose effect of information given by both sides of the house.
Presenters will share the collaborative model used to develop the new student orientation. Additionally, the presenters will share the online orientation key elements, including campus tours, guided pathways introductions, and registration tutorial videos.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, orientation at Mesa Community College was a singular event that only took place in-person and during college business hours. This format limited student access to learning about resources and services that could drive their onboarding, retention, and persistence to graduation. The Thunderbird Orientation and Registration (THOR), in its newest form, is an asynchronous version that students can do on their own time, which has increased access for not only in-coming students but for the student population as a whole. The need to align real-time relevant information was essential for the newest iteration of the New Student Orientation.
The initial online orientation development strategy was to be inclusive of all students. This medium allowed for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs stakeholders to collaborate and align content for onboarding students. At Mesa Community College, we were able to bring to the table, Professional Staff, Residential/Adjunct faculty, Marketing, Campus Leadership, and Students. The new Thunderbird Orientation and Registration (TH.O.R) is named after MCC's mascot in alignment to brand the orientation specifically for our institution. The TH.O.R. orientation is now four powerful lessons: Campus Connection, Student Technology, Fields of Interest, Registration and Pathway Maps, and Paying for College.
The orientation embraces different media types such as videos, audio recordings, and interactive campus maps. The average time students complete the new student orientation is between 45 minutes to an hour. The previous in-person orientation took approximately two and a half hours to deliver to students, including time for students to meet in group advising--this time estimate does not include commute time or expense for the student. MCC is at the forefront of being accessible and inclusive. The TH.O.R. orientation is one component of a systemic and cultural change that impacts student success. We have embraced the new reality of the need for virtual and remote services.
- Brainstorm collaboration methods that can unite cross-functional teams at their institutions.
- Describe challenges of aligning orientation content to new institutional initiatives and student learning outcomes.
- Discuss the scaffolded approach taken to the design, development, and implementation of the orientation.
- Investigate the use of data for targeted student follow-up and reporting.
- Discover a method to prepare students to register for first-semester courses.
- Learn how the Go2Orientation student dashboard becomes a student hub.
- Explore next steps.
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- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Student Services/Affairs
- Online Learning Administrators & Staff
- Enrollment Management
- Any educator interested in learning more about developing a new student orientation in collaboration with other teams
“Working with Innovative Educators has been a delight and the staff have made implementation effortless. They have been ridiculously accessible, collaborative, and willing to try out new ideas.”
Stephanie Williams is an experienced eLearning innovator with more than 18 years of experience in higher education. She holds graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction and adult education and training. She has taught online at the community college and university levels in the areas of instructional design, instructional technology, and college success strategies. For more than 15 years she has worked in an area of eLearning in higher education. She is also the co-author of the textbook Life During College: The Online Learner's Guide to Success. Stephanie lives in Arizona with her family.
“We are here to serve the students. By ensuring that students have an engaging , dynamic,supported and equitable learning experience. We not only serve the individual student, but we serve ourselves as educators and our surrounding community. Innovative Educators, has been instrumental in helping us to accomplish this for our students, who are onboarding during a time like no other in Education.”
Warren Brookson has been an advocate for student success for nearly 20 years. He has held various roles within Student Affairs at both proprietary and public state funded institutions. Warren is currently finishing his MAEd in Educational Leadership (Emphasis in Community Colleges) degree from Northern Arizona University in Fall 2021.
Where he finds his true passion is outlining the on-boarding processes for new and returning students. As a first generation college student himself, he found there were many challenges to becoming a student in higher education. Simply because incoming students did not know where to seek help in regards to resources and services. To that end, Warren has developed multiple orientations experiences from the ground up at several institutions. (I START SMART Orientation 2013 at Paradise Community College and most recently the initial implementation of (THOR Orientation at Mesa Community College (MCC). He has ten years of Academic Advising experience as well 18 years of experience doing Recruitment and Outreach. Warren is also highly involved with overall campus success and being an advocate for students at a high level. He currently serves on nine different campus committees directly impacting student success. Including MCC's College Leadership Team and being the Chair of MCC’s Shared Governance Coordinating Board for the MCC campus.
Bios current as of June, 2021.
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