Best Practices for Online Orientation

Orientation is the first stepping-stone in a student’s educational experience. The depth and breadth of a school’s orientation—the quality of the orientation experience—directly impact each student’s chances for success in college and beyond. The California Student Success Task Force notes that, “Extensive research has documented the importance of assessment, orientation, and informed education planning to set incoming students on a pathway to a successful outcome.”

The Orientation and Transition Process

This white paper highlights the importance of orientation as a comprehensive process and meeting the needs of each population of students where and when they need support.  All the greatest content in the world isn’t helpful if it’s not delivered in a convenient, timely, relevant and intrusive fashion.

Best Practices: Video In Online Orientation

Most schools agree that new-student orientation is ultimately about meeting the needs of its students. The current generation, sometimes referred to as “post-millennials,” is defined as having experienced a lifelong exposure to communication and media technology, sparking the nickname “digital natives.” In order to meet the specific needs of this generation, technology must to be integrated into student-focused programs, including orientation.