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Skyfactor Partnership 

Benchmarking and Assessment Best Practices for Your Orientation Program
Presenter: Jamie Mantooth
Date: March 27, 2019 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CST

Obtaining actionable insights and then making sense of the assessment data are two of the biggest hurdles in program assessment. Have we set ourselves up for success with the assessment and administration of the surveys? How do we know when results are outstanding or concerning? What if the results are below average? What should our target performance be? In this webinar, Jamie Mantooth from University of Tennessee - Martin will share tips for successful administration and analysis of program assessments, explore what benchmarking is, why campuses would use benchmarking, as well as the value in different categories of benchmarking. Participants will learn practical strategies for making the most of their program assessments to empower continuous improvement.

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Innovative Educators Partnership 
NODA has partnered with Innovative Educators to offer a $50 discount on the following webinars. To receive the discount with code NODA50, you must be a current NODA member at the time of registration.

Transformational Leadership
Presenters: Emily Krechel and Maxwell Mattern
Date: March 29, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST

Audience: OTR Professionals, Student Services/Affairs, Leadership Development Professionals 

Orientation leaders are the most critical component of any successful orientation program. Imagine what can happen when orientation leaders move beyond serving as information givers and tour guides to charismatic leaders who are inspirational role models for new students. This webinar will introduce the concept of Transformational Leadership and demonstrate how one institution focused their training and staff development on this theory. Objectives include:

  • Participants will understand the main tenants of Transformational Leadership.
  • Participants will know to utilize the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire to assess staff.
  • Participants will identify actions they can take to utilize Transformational Leadership in their staff training and supervision plan.

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What Just Happened? Communicating, Leading, and Student Development
During Crisis
Presenters: Daneil Carpenter and Craig Johnson
Date: April 16, 2019 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST

Audience: Orientation Professionals, Student Affairs Leaders, Communication Professionals, Student Services/Affairs Staff, Event Managers

Purdue University’s Welcome Week, Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), serves upwards of 7,500 students. During BGR 2018, immediately following student monologues about vulnerability, students were to be entertained by a comedian/illusionist during the final closing event. While interacting with female members of the audience, the entertainer proceeded to make comments and actions that many members of the audience found to be offensive. The orientation leaders began to demand that the entertainer be shut down and to encourage their students to leave immediately. Students became even more upset that Purdue administrators did not shut down the speaker. News of this event spread rapidly to students, emergency responders, parents, and faculty members and media outlets. Purdue staff at all levels spent the next 24 hours doing crisis communications; building a response plan on the fly. Objectives include:

  • Participants will reflect on their event planning and consider how they will handle crisis communications.
  • Participants will assess their own ability to balance the demands of university leaders against those of their student leaders who are the face of the university in a crisis.
  • Acquire some insight into the complexity of addressing multiple constituencies in a crisis. 
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