Forward through the Arch: The Future of Hybrid Orientation
University of Georgia
Virtual orientation enables a hybrid approach to new student and family orientation with Advantage Design Group®. As we imagine tomorrow, what is the future of student and family orientation? Can we go back to “normal,” or is there a way to build confidence and strengthen connections with a balance of high-touch and high-tech strategies to meet expectations? Yes, we can - and we are.
This session features Larry Cloud, Director, and Mary Elliot, Graduate Assistant, of New Student Orientation at the University of Georgia (UGA). They have adopted a hybrid approach to orient new students and their families from admission through enrollment. Their real-life story is a model you can follow and apply to any onboarding scenario. These presenters explore three strategies for a hybrid orientation approach that leans on People, Processes, and the Advantage Orientation® platform.
"We use Advantage Orientation® as an introduction to UGA to supplement in-person orientation. Online orientation modules are mandatory. Orientation is part of our culture and has always been a requirement," Larry explains.
This fall, over 6,300 students and nearly 400 family members completed the online modules, and over 6,000 students participated in in-person orientation at UGA.
Larry expounds on the primary benefits of using Advantage Orientation® as the digital hub of UGA's highly successful onboarding system, which includes:
Among the system's built-in features is the ability to create personalized content tracks for different audiences, such as:
- First-Year Students
- International Students
- Veteran Students
- Distance Learners
- Parents & Family Members
Request the recording of this conference session and learn how the New Student Orientation team from UGA is innovating a new student experience with online orientation. You'll take a tour of their online orientation and review quantitative outcomes.
As presented at the 2021 NODA National Conference
NODA, Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education