Orientation online: a new program at James Cook University to help commencing students prepare for university study

Smyth, Elizabeth (2009) Orientation online: a new program at James Cook University to help commencing students prepare for university study. In: Proceedings of 12th First Year in Higher Education Conference. pp. 1-3. From: FYHE 2009 12th First Year in Higher Education Conference, 29 June - 1 July 2009, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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This session outlines and discusses the development of an online orientation program initiated by James Cook University (JCU) for commencing students in 2009. The main purpose of the program was to make important information for commencing students available much earlier. In the past, this information was only made available to commencing students during Orientation Week, the week before teaching starts. The program was also intended to enable commencing students who were unable to attend Orientation Week, in particular those studying by flexible delivery, and family and friends of commencing students to access this information. The program was based on five modules – Using Orientation Online, Meeting people and finding help, Course and career goals, Getting organised before teaching starts, and Academic success. A discussion of the program, its development, its usage and feedback from students, provides an opportunity to explore the possibilities for inspiring commencing students to prepare in advance for university study. This session will allow participants to view JCU’s Orientation Online program and to exchange ideas and experiences on the practical use of online information for commencing students.

Item ID: 21997
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
ISBN: 978-1-74107-282-2
Keywords: orientation, transition, retention, communication, online information, flexible delivery, off-campus students
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2012 05:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 40%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200101 Communication Studies @ 60%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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