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Creating a Successful Online Orientation. Presenter: Landon K. Pirius Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar Inver Hills Community College. The Presenter. Questions from Last Week. How do you currently orient your students? Your online students?

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Creating a successful online orientation

Creating a Successful Online Orientation

Presenter:

Landon K. Pirius

Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar

Inver Hills Community College

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The presenter

The Presenter

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Questions from last week

Questions from Last Week

  • How do you currently orient your students? Your online students?

  • If you have an online orientation, how does it compare to your on-campus orientation?

  • Other burning questions from last week.

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Introduction

Introduction

  • Developed from multiple perspectives

    • UofM student

    • Former online university employee

    • MnOnline Peer Reviewer

    • MSU, Mankato Distance Learning Taskforce Member

    • Proponent of technology

  • Not institution specific

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Presentation layout

Presentation Layout

  • Broad discussion of orientations

  • Includes web links

  • Includes:

    • Components of an online orientation

    • Entities involved with an orientation

    • Four categories of online orientations with examples

    • The near future

    • Accessibility

    • Commonly asked questions

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Understanding your students

Understanding Your Students

  • Institutions must understand who their students are in order to provide appropriate services.

    • Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrants

    • Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Students

    • Generations X, Y, and Z vs. Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation

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Digital native vs digital immigrant

Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant

  • Use of computers, the Internet, and advanced technology

  • According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project (2005), “The number of teenagers using the internet has grown 24% in the past four years and 87% of those between the ages of 12 and 17 are online. Compared to four years ago, teens’ use of the internet has intensified and broadened as they log on more often and do more things when they are online.  Among other things, there has been significant growth over the past four years in the number of teens who play games on the internet, get news, shop online, and get health information.”

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Traditional vs non traditional

Traditional vs. Non-Traditional

  • Traditional students (18-24) are becoming non-traditional

  • Non-traditional students can be defined as:

    • Over 25

    • Mid-career

    • Ethnically diverse

    • Having families

    • Possessing less free time

  • More non-traditional students are seeking an education that fits their needs and their schedules versus having to adapt to the institution’s needs or schedules

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Generations x y and soon z

Generations X, Y, and soon Z

  • Email is essential form of communication

  • Internet is about choice: it is what they want, when they want it

  • Interaction is essential

  • Need attractive, hip, and well-designed websites

    • http://www.facebook.com/

    • http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_daily_show/index.jhtml

  • How will we handle a generation taught by computers and artificial intelligence?

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The new environment

The New Environment

  • The student population is more mixed now than ever before.

    • Digital natives mix with digital immigrants

    • Generations X and Y mingle with baby boomers and their parents

    • Traditional students coexist with non-traditional students

  • What does this mean for institutions?

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What does this mean for you

What Does this Mean for You?

  • A single approach to administering services is no longer viable or appropriate

    • Increased demand for accessible services.

    • Increasing competition from other institutions, particularly online institutions.

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Keep in mind

Keep in Mind

  • Always keep the student in mind

  • Our obligation.

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Question break 1

Question Break #1

  • I will answer questions for approximately 5 minutes.

  • I will take additional question breaks throughout the presentation and at the end of the presentation.

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What do you do during a three hour lecture

What Do You Do During a Three Hour Lecture?

  • What do you do?

    • Sleep

    • Make a grocery list

    • Whisper to my neighbor

    • Surf the Internet

    • Listen for 10 minutes and then do anything but pay attention?

  • Students attending a typical orientation do all of the above!

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Orientation introduction

Orientation Introduction

  • WCET states,

    • “The program provides students with clear, complete, and timely information on the curriculum, course and degree requirements, nature of faculty/student interaction, assumptions about technological competence and skills, technical equipment requirements, availability of academic support services and financial aid resources, and costs and payment policies.”

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Orientation introduction cont

Orientation Introduction Cont.

  • An orientation is an opportunity to:

    • Convey information

    • Build community

    • Create networks and cohorts

    • Bolster retention efforts

    • Build excitement

    • Boost student confidence

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Orientation introduction cont1

Orientation Introduction Cont.

  • Orientation is also an opportunity to:

    • Bore students

    • Lose students

    • Create a sense of isolation

    • Overwhelm students

    • Destroy student confidence

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Orientation components

Orientation Components

  • Comprehensive institutional information

    • Policy and procedural information

    • Cost information

    • Degree requirements

    • Wiki’s

      • Student-defined services, needs, etc.

      • Courses as well

      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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Orientation components cont

Orientation Components Cont.

  • Format

    • Online

    • CD

    • Memory sticks/key chains

    • Laptop

    • Game-based

    • Virtual reality

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Orientation components cont1

Orientation Components Cont.

  • Practical information

    • List all services available

    • Testimonials

    • Virtual tour of institution

    • Tips for success

      • Time

      • Technical

      • Motivation

    • Readiness tools

      • http://www.alt.usg.edu/sort

      • http://otel.uis.edu/browsertest/ (technical)

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Orientation components cont2

Orientation Components Cont.

  • Interaction and networking opportunities

    • Virtual avatars

    • Other participants

      • Faculty

      • Staff

      • Other incoming and current students

    • Discussion boards, blogs, and chat rooms

    • Live question and answer sessions

    • Cohort creation

    • Follow-up

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Entities involved with the orientation

Entities Involved with the Orientation

  • Cohorts of new students

  • Advisors/counselors

  • Faculty members

  • Current students

  • Online student advocate/concierge

  • Virtual avatar

  • Artificial intelligence

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Question break 2

Question Break #2

  • I will answer questions for approximately 5 minutes.

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Type i orientation

Type I Orientation

  • No formal online orientation

  • “It is on the web” mentality

  • Orientation completed in person

  • Online information integrated with admissions information

  • http://www.stolaf.edu/stulife/weekone/

  • http://depts.cc.edu/studentlife/orientation.asp

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Type ii orientation

Type II Orientation

  • A formal online orientation exists

  • 75% of online orientations fall under this category

  • Type II orientations contain:

    • Primarily text

    • Few pictures

    • No sound

    • Limited interaction with server

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Type ii orientation cont

Type II Orientation Cont.

  • Examples of Type II orientation

    • http://www.wncc.edu/orientation/orientation.php

    • http://depts.inverhills.edu/onlineorientation/

    • http://ww2.southwest.tn.edu/rodp_orientation/

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Type ii orientation cont1

Type II Orientation Cont.

  • Other sites to visit:

    • http://www.distance.pcc.edu/orientation/intro/intro.cfm

    • http://www.lcc.edu/online/orientation/index.htm

    • http://www.asu.edu/graduate/orientation/

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Question break 3

Question Break #3

  • I will answer questions for approximately 5 minutes.

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Type iii orientation

Type III Orientation

  • A formal, semi-interactive online orientation

  • 20% of online orientations are Type III

  • Type III orientations include:

    • Text laced with pictures and video

    • Interaction with pre-recorded information

    • Control points for verifying understanding

    • Sound

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Type iii orientation cont

Type III Orientation Cont.

  • Examples of Type III orientation

    • http://www.capella.edu/Demo/LearningSpace/25_Demo/index.htm

    • http://www.cypresscollege.edu/~counseling/orientation/

    • http://learn.ucf.edu/orientation/

    • http://www.gpc.edu/orientation (Control points)

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Type iii orientation cont1

Type III Orientation Cont.

  • Other sites to visit:

    • http://www.miramarcollege.net/depts/orientation/

    • http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/orientation/specs.htm

    • http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~d-ctel/OLG/

    • http://admin.sfcc.edu/~orientation/steps.htm

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Type iv orientation

Type IV Orientation

  • A formal, highly interactive online orientation

  • 5% of online orientations are Type IV

  • Type IV orientations include:

    • Enough text to reinforce important concepts

    • High-context interactions

    • Sight (pictures, video, streaming video)

    • Sound (music, voice)

    • A collaborative learning network

    • “Flow”-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Type iv orientation cont

Type IV Orientation Cont.

  • “We now see much less tolerance in the workplace among the Games Generation for passive situations such as lectures, corporate classrooms, and even traditional meetings.  As the Games Generation progresses up the managerial ranks, it is likely that such old-fashioned managerial standbys will be replaced by more active experiences such as chat, posting, surfing for information, and Digital Game-Based Learning, where employees not only are more active but also have more control over what happens (Prensky, 2001, p. 59)

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Type iv orientation cont1

Type IV Orientation Cont.

  • Examples of Type IV orientation

    • Web course

      • http://webct.frontrange.edu/webct/public/home.pl

      • http://casweb.ou.edu/olr/starting/orientation.htm

      • http://www.wintu.edu/InteractiveOnline/InteractiveStudents.htm

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The near future

The Near Future

  • MMORPG’s

    • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game

    • Virtual worlds within MMORPG’s already create a sense of community.

    • The most popular MMORPG (Everquest) has tens of thousands of people interacting within a virtual world at any given point.

    • Everquest’s virtual world (Norath) is the 77th richest country in the “real” world. The average hourly wage is $3.42 and the GDP is $135 million (equal to that of Bulgaria).

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The near future cont

The Near Future Cont.

  • Orientations in virtual worlds

    • The virtual avatar (user) interacts with other virtual avatars and the virtual world.

    • An educational MMORPG could be created in which students learn, interact, and feel part of the college/university.

      • http://secondlife.com/

      • http://eqlive.station.sony.com/

      • http://www.eagames.com/official/thesims/thesimsonline/us/nai/index.jsp

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The near future cont1

The Near Future Cont.

  • Kotadoma Project-”The Power of Words”

    • An RPG video game for learning Japanese

      • Language

      • Culture

    • Players master concepts of language and culture to gain in-game abilities.

    • Targeted at high school students

    • http://www.etc.cmu.edu/projects/jlls/kotodama/

    • http://www.izena-vandapel.com/kotodama/kotodama.htm

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The near future cont2

The Near Future Cont.

  • Virtual Reality

    • Integrating the digitized senses for an immersive orientation experience.

    • Emulation of all 5 senses and communicating multi-sensory information via telecom networks.

    • Not a question of if…it is a question of when.

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Question break 4

Question Break #4

  • I will answer questions for approximately 5 minutes.

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Are your services accessible

Are Your Services Accessible

  • Who is using your services?

  • Who is NOT using your services and why?

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    • ADA compliant website

      • http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/

      • http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp

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Resources

Resources

  • Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET)

    • http://www.wcet.info/

    • http://www.wcet.info/resources/publications/guide/guide.htm

  • Center for Transforming Student Services

    • http://www.centss.org

  • Other web sources as listed throughout the presentation

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Questions

Questions?

  • The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions.

  • Any remaining questions will be answered within a week.

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Summary of 3 sessions

Summary of 3 Sessions

  • What have we learned?

    • Type of students

    • Growing demand for and capabilities of technology

    • Students learn, interact, build relationships, and improve competencies differently

    • Some things stay the same; some things change

    • Hopefully we have seen and learned about cool things other schools and our students are using

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Presenter information

Presenter Information

  • Landon K. Pirius

    • [email protected]

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