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presented by katie granholm m s university of minnesota twin cities granh013@umn edu
Presented By:

Katie Granholm, M.S.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

[email protected]

Using Online Orientation to Meet the Needs and Exceed the Expectations of Transfer Students

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Why Online Orientation?
  • What is an effective transfer orientation program?
  • Considerations
    • Programmatic, Key Players, Technology, Logistics, Success
  • Overview of U of M Online Orientation
  • Lessons learned
why online orientation
Why Online Orientation?
  • Increasing transfer student population
    • One-third of students transfer during their college career (1995-96 to 2000-01 NCES study)
  • Patterns of transfer are changing
    • “Swirl”
  • Increased attention on the transfer student experience
our paradigm and or goals
Our Paradigm and/or Goals
  • Charge was to develop and implement a program that achieves the following:
    • Encourage a less prescriptive and more developmental model
    • Provides options within the mandate of orientation
    • Provides individualized attention to each transfer student
    • Allows transfer students to make choices (whether we agree with them or not) based on their own experiences, interests and needs
    • Strategically communicates with transfer students through print, web, e-mail, and one-on-one contact from March through the first week of class
    • Provides a comprehensive, fiscally responsible orientation program
what makes an effective transfer orientation program
What Makes an Effective Transfer Orientation Program?
  • Institutional commitment
  • Alignment with mission of office and university
  • Collaboration with college constituents
  • Based on assessment of student and institutional needs
  • Takes into account past experiences and future expectations of students
  • Programs that guide students (not mandate)
  • Provides options for students’ developmental needs
  • Academic, social, and behavioral expectations interwoven through the orientation experience
  • Inclusion of parents/guests
  • Assessment and feedback is shared and used!
general needs of transfer students during transition orientation
General Needs of Transfer Students During Transition & Orientation

Transitional

Social

Campus Information

Financial

Academic

considerations key players
Considerations- Key Players
  • Your office
  • New students
  • College constituents
  • Departmental partners
  • Parents and supporters
  • Sponsors?
  • Other?
considerations programmatic
Considerations- Programmatic
  • What are your desired outcomes?
  • What are students looking for in an online orientation?
  • Who can participate?
  • When will online orientation be available?
  • Who will provide and edit content?
  • How does online orientation interface with other programs?
considerations technology
Considerations- Technology
  • How will the program be administered?
    • Does this method align with desired outcomes?
  • Theme and graphic design?
  • Does an existing delivery method exist?
    • WebCT, Blackboard, registration system?
  • Do students need to log-in?
  • Do students need to be populated into program?
  • Who will have access?
considerations implementation
Considerations- Implementation
  • How will content be developed and edited?
    • Is special expertise needed? Are there others on campus who can help?
  • How will students be driven to online orientation?
    • Promotion/Marketing
  • Is participation required or optional?
    • Do you need to track participation? If so, how?
considerations determining success
Considerations- Determining Success
  • What determines success?
    • Accomplishment of learning outcomes?
    • How will success be measured?
    • When will success be measured?
  • What do you need to know?
    • May be driven by stakeholders/campus constituencies
  • What method(s) of evaluation will you use?
    • Online questionnaire, paper form, 6-week follow-up survey, focus groups, usability testing, etc.
    • Does the method of evaluation align with desired outcomes?
transfer orientation at the u of m
Transfer Orientation at the U of M
  • 2 options for creating your orientation experience
    • Full-day on-campus orientation OR
    • Half-day on-campus orientation with advanced participation in online orientation

www.ofyp.umn.edu/trstudents/beforeor/orprogram.html

university of minnesota online orientation
University of Minnesota Online Orientation

http://onlineorientation.umn.edu

Username: tctrans

Password: really1snice

lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • About 70-75% participation
  • Vast majority have high-speed internet connection- dialup connection not an issue
  • 80% believe Online Orientation is a good introduction to the University
  • After one month on campus, 82% of new transfer students felt that Orientation (both online & on-campus) provided the knowledge base for them to be successful at the University of Minnesota.
lessons learned additional considerations
Lessons Learned - Additional Considerations
  • Orientation leader training
    • Infuse transfer concepts and issues during selection and ongoing training of orientation leaders
  • Students transferring with less than 18 credit hours or less should have the option of attending first-year orientation.
  • Continually develop and improve the new orientation model
    • Encourage less prescriptive and more developmental programs
    • Provide individualized attention
    • Allow transfer students to make own choices based on own experiences, interests, and needs
    • Strategically communicate with transfer student through print, web, e-mail, and one-on-one contact
where we are now
Where we are now
  • Received technology-enhance learning grant of $10,000 to integrate video into learning modules
    • Video will take the form of “student stories”, allowing new students to connect with current U of M students who were also transfers
  • Colleges more confident with outcomes of Online Orientation after receiving evaluation data
  • Have streamlined on-campus orientation schedule, while still meeting the needs of all colleges and departments
  • Offer online-only option for students enrolling in special degree programs
    • Eg: College of Continuing Education, off-campus Nursing students, and Dental Hygiene students
online orientation programs
Online Orientation Programs
  • Washtenaw Community College: https://www3.wccnet.edu/academics/orientation/online/
  • Carroll Community College: www.carrollcc.edu/orientation
  • Portland Community College:www.pcc.edu/pcc/about/orientation
  • Napa Valley Community College: www.napavalley.edu/onlineorientation
  • Salt Lake Community College: www.slcc.edu/orientation/netconnect.asp
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale: http://www.soar.siu.edu/transfer/web/home.html
  • Utah Valley State College:http://www.uvu.edu/orientation/gettingstarted/webstart.html
questions

Some information was taken from a report entitled “Framework, Paradigm, and New Transfer Orientation Program.” This report was prepared by Andy Howe, Assistant Director in Orientation & First-Year Programs, 2005.

Questions???

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