A session held at the First-Year Experience Conference in Orlando in late February offered attendees a chance to hear directly from their peers about their experiences with online orientation. Panelists included: Korrin Anderson, Associate Director of Orientation Florida International University; Charles Prince, Director of Student Success and Transition, Howard University; and Cris Legner, Dean of Student Services, Hillsborough Community College.
The panelists spoke about how their universities initially discussed building an online orientation on their own, using students or members of their university staff to lead this project. What they found was that the project was too big to undertake on their own in the time frame they needed and that the quality of the orientation wouldn’t be what they wanted. With the online orientation being the introduction to the university for many students, the quality is very important -- both in appearance and functionality. In addition, many of the features, such as tracking, reporting and memory return, weren’t available to them through an in-house solution. These reasons, and others, all led them to Advantage Design Group and to their successful online orientations.
Panelists also addressed how their onsite orientation changed now that they have an online orientation, how the online orientation program helped with reporting on data towards accomplishing goals, and the benefits of implementing an online orientation. To view a recording of the discussion, click here.