Orientation online: introducing commencing students to university study. A practice report

Smyth, Elizabeth, and Lodge, Jason (2012) Orientation online: introducing commencing students to university study. A practice report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3 (1). pp. 83-90.

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Abstract

Adjusting to university and preparing for the first week of classes is a difficult process for many students entering higher education. Students often find they are overloaded with information during orientation week, which negatively impacts on their readiness for engaging with their studies. This practice report describes an evidence-based approach to information provision in the early period of transition to university study. By adopting an approach that makes information available earlier, and in a way that is easier to engage with, an online tool called Orientation Online was created. Feedback from students has been positive and, with careful ongoing maintenance, the tool provides a viable option for reducing confusion amongst commencing students.

Item ID: 21996
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: orientation, transition, commencing students, retention, early engagement, online, communication
ISSN: 1838-2959
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2012 06:59
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200101 Communication Studies @ 50%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080707 Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education @ 30%
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