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Best Practices for Online Orientation

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Best Practices for Online Orientation

By: Katie Colombo and Christine Sommer, Comevo LLC

Orientation is the first stepping-stone in a student’s educational experience. Developing a relevant and effective orientation program is crucial to ensuring both institution and student goals are met. Online Orientation not only caters to today’s digital native students, but it provides convenience, consistency, and data-driven improvements. For those students who are unable to make the in person orientation, often due to costs involved, they still need an orientation to ensure their success.

After the initial step of deciding to move forward with online orientation, the next step is developing the content. Comevo’s experience in the online orientation industry – coupled with feedback from current customers -- has enabled us to develop a set of best practices to consider when developing and implementing online orientation.

1. Add Variety

Cater to the millennial generation by including a wide variety of multimedia, and utilize a diverse colors, texts, images, audio recordings, and videos to aide in comprehension and retention of information.

2. Keep it Short & Sweet

As attention spans continue to shrink, providing only necessary information is as important as ever. Utilize bullet points to make information more digestible.

3. Quiz Them

Utilize quizzes to reinforce important content and ensure comprehension. Most schools surveyed require a passing rate of 70%-85%.

4. Introduce Resources to Succeed

Provide additional information that incoming students will need to meet his/her goals, including club, sports, library, tutoring, and financial resources.

5. Diversify Speakers

A variety of presenters will hold students’ attention more effectively than by just using one speaker.

6. Collect Data

Your reporting program should allow you to track completion, pace, questions right/wrong and commonly missed questions. Orientation data can be used to improve next years program as well as other programs around campus.

As a market leader in the online orientation software industry, Comevo provides @school online orientation™ software services, support and resources to develop an effective orientation program. For more resources on online orientation for higher education, visit Comevo’s Blog.

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