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Online Orientation and First-Year Seminars

In July 2004, Ryan Watkins of George Washington University provided the list with a pilot version of the online orientation program that was to be launched this fall at GWU. Noelle Call of Utah State University replied with questions about developing an online program to support the institution's FYE classes, while Joel Nossoff of The University of New Mexico cautioned subscribers not to let “high tech” replace “high touch”. Bob Nash of Coastline Community College responded to Noelle's questions, and Joel's comment, with suggestions for developing an “engaging learning community” via technology.

Ryan Watkins (read FYE post or send email)
Noelle Call (read FYE post or send email)
Joel Nossoff (read FYE post or send email)
Bob Nash (read FYE post or send email)


July 21, 2004 12:56pm
Original Message: Orientation to online resources and e-learning

Throughout the spring there have been several discussions on the listserv regarding online orientations and other techniques for incorporating a college's Internet resources into FYE courses -- for both campus and off-campus students. This fall at George Washington Univ. we will trying to incorporate more e-learning into our first-year programs as well.

Part of the initiative is going to be a Web-tour of the many online resources the University offers students (e.g., career center, disability services, Blackboard, online course schedules, activities calendars). Although the Website is still being "beta tested" before its launch next month, I wanted to share the draft site with you now. This way, if you are interested in developing a similar site for students at your college, the Website can still get it done by fall.

Link to the Website: http://www2.gwu.edu/~techor/

Since this Website is not yet hosted on the official server, it may be moved if you come back in a few weeks. So if the link doesn't work then, you can email me then to get the new Web address. And if you find any glitches, I would appreciate hearing about those as well.

This Website took about 2 weeks to plan and 2 weeks to put together, but you may be able to use some already developed resources to shorten the development time.
The Website was created in Dreamweaver, and the animated screen shots were done in RoboDemo (recently bought by Macromedia) and then "exported" into a Flash format.

The second part of the initiative is the V.P. of Freshmen at the University is purchasing copies of the "E-learning Companion: A student's guide to online success" for all incoming students, as well as faculty who work with first-year undergraduate students. Below is a short press release on that part of the project.

Thanks
Ryan

Ryan Watkins
George Washington University


August 17, 2004 6:49pm
Re: Online modules for FYE courses

Here at Utah State University we are frantically planning for our new students arrival and the beginning of the FYE course on Aug. 23. Meanwhile other folks are planning fall 2005.

In a meeting today I was challenged to create for fall 2005 online modules to support future FYE courses taught by faculty. Does anyone have this type of support? What modules do you have online? Is there a way for us to view the modules? I agreed that some areas could be in the online environment i.e. university policies, but other areas need face to face discussion i.e. healthy choices. Any comments on my perspective?

Thank you.
Noelle Call,
Director Academic Resource Center
Utah State University 0120
Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-0120
435-797-1194
435-797-1154 fax


August 17, 2004 7:18pm
Re: Online modules for FYE courses

Noelle & and colleagues
Just a general observation that in FYE (whether seminars, orientation, learning communities, interest groups, residence life, student activities, etc. etc.) the idea is to create engaging learning environments, which can be loosely described as "high touch"; high tech can augment, supplement and complement "high touch", but high tech should not replace "high touch".

Joel Nossoff
Director, New Student Programs
The University of New Mexico


August 18, 2004 1:42pm
Re: Online modules for FYE courses

I believe you can create a very rich and engaging learning environment in almost any discipline that allows students to interact with each other and their instructor entirely via technology. In my opinion, and this is backed up by quite a bit of research, quality learning and interaction can occur without face-to-face encounters. This is largely a matter of your students' learning styles and preferences.

For instance, are any of your FYE students “distance learners,” who intend to take most of their classes online or through telecourses? If so, they may need an FYE course delivered through these technologies. As one example, we offer a TeleWeb course that you can preview at http://www.coastlearning.org/courses/course.php?cid=23.

I recommend that you start by clarifying your objectives in creating “online modules.”
What exactly do you hope to accomplish by adding these modules to your course? If it's to teach students to use computers effectively in their education and/or to prepare them for online learning, there are various computer and information literacy web sites, modules, and orientations available:
http://ctlonline.net/webreadyplus/
www.portervillecollegeonline.com/other/PDF/Online_Survival_Guide.pdf
www.westga.edu/~distance/handbook.html
www.tipsnews.org/newsletter/01-06-07/salt.html
www.league.org/leaguetlc/express/inn0310.htm AND http://de.lbcc.edu/sideroad/

On the other hand, if your goal is to teach traditional FYE/student success content through these modules, then you'll probably need to go through a more careful instructional design process to integrate them into your existing course. For the TeleWeb course mentioned above, we have created various online activities, including web research projects, web-based discussions, and interactive computer-based exercises that support the instructional objectives of each lesson.

Hope this is of some help,

Bob Nash
Supervisor, Instructional Design
Coast Learning Systems
Coastline Community College
www.coastlearning.org


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