Live blogging another USDLA 2012 session.
Onboard! Moving from Orienting to Us to Onboarding for You
Presenters: Susan Bartel and Tina Ehrhardt from Stephens College
Susan works with the graduate business programs.
Components of Orientation Modules
Things that can be included in the orientation module:
- how to navigate Blackboard/LMS
- can cause high stress to students who are new to technology
- academic dishonesty
- do you have the technology needed?
- how to use the IM, how to post on the discussion, how to use VoiceThread (etc)
- a discussion board place for any type of question
Who Owns Online Orientation?
Discussion of who owns the orientation – academic? student success? technology people?
Definitions of orientation from the audience: exposure, acclimation, getting started
Definitions of onboarding: getting buy-in, similar to orientation, making employees part of the team
“the process of helping new students adjust to social and performance aspects in their academic journey quickly and smoothly” “organizational socialization” – source: Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time
Building Blocks for Onboarding
- Compliance (like grading scheme and things like that)
- Clarification (role clarification, etc.)
- Culture (no extra credit etc.)
Benefits: Students feel welcome and know what their responsibilities are.
Outcomes (Bauer 2010): self efficacy, role clarity, social integration, culture knowledge = successful onboarding. (with a little hunting, I think this might be the document referenced)
They include a test on the APA format. Thinking of the School of Ed online programs that could use this idea.
Students liked the orientation as self-paced.
They also included: How to write with academic integrity (what a great idea!)
This gives good food for thought as I consider the online degree programs we have at Andrews University and Griggs University – with varying degrees of how they currently orient students to their online programs.
It’s something we definitely need to work on – and this gives us some good resources and references to get started.