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Road Map to Online Orientation

Presented at the MoDLA 2014 Conference This presentation chronicles the development of an online orientation course for distance students at Missouri Southern State University.

Felicia Morley

on 15 April 2015

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Transcript of Road Map to Online Orientation

2013 Background Numbers
Simple Objective Brainstorming
Deliverable Format
1. The Basics of Online Education
Developing an Online Orientation for Online Students: The Road Map
Founded 1937
6,000 students
200 academic programs

Online began in 2000
1,753 students *
18 degrees/minors/certs

100% Distance Students
Projections for 2014 *
* includes any student who takes at LEAST one class online
* Current enrollment is 502 but a typical semester after census is around 700 true distance students.
Typical definition of a traditional student is 18-24 age bracket.
Non - traditional is 25 and up by default but encompasses more than age.
Other non-traditional characteristics include "part-time enrollment, full time employment, financial independence and parental responsibilities" (p.164) (Hunter and Kendall, 2009).
These are the students that are initially served by the Online Academic Advising Office of Distance Learning.
Some declared majors transition over to departmental advising after the initial enrollment period
Organizational Chart
Academic Advising Standards for Excellence and Guidance for Best Practice
Time Line of Events
Time Line of Events
Today’s students can log in to classes anytime, from anywhere.
They can interact with information, people and virtual experiences.
Learning is no longer tied to the clock or the classroom.
Online learning presents unique challenges - ensuring that students feel a sense of connection to the

Many on ground students obtain that connection with their first campus orientation.
The challenge is to provide that orientation, foster that sense of connection to the institution and do it in a virtual experience that is both engaging and informative.
1. Know the minimum technical requirements of Blackboard
2. Know the best practices of a successful online student
3. Develop a plan for success (organization, study skills)
4. Be able to find help and campus resources
5. Know their student rights & responsibilities

6. Be able to navigate LioNet and their email accounts
7. Know their learning style
8. Know the concepts of plagiarism, copyright, and netiquette.
9. Understand the importance of the syllabus
10. Be able to do basic functions in Blackboard
2. Resources for the Online Student
3. Online Student Success
Time Line of Events
200+ graphics/images
178 pages of notes, documents, ideas, emails and video scripts.
68 Hours of Media Production
38 Video Segments
12 Final Video Pieces
10 Campus Offices Participation Schedules
8 Tutorial/Workshops
1 Media Production Staff & 1 Instructional Designer
2 Months of Solid Non-stop work
Campus Resource Videos
Facilitator Training
5 Certified Master Advisors
All with Master's Degrees or higher
5 Orientation Courses based on Alpha Split
Participated in the Master Template as Students
Trained in a Practice Course as Instructors
Pilot August 2014
Advisers got their final courses prior to the Fall 2014 semester
2,300 new students were added at that time
Advisers sent emails to all students about the orientation.
Advisers monitored student progress through the course
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
2013 Study
"Of the 225 two & four year universities polled - only 22% required their online students to take an orientation course prior to their first online course, even though research suggests the experience aids in online course success." (p3)

4. Blackboard Basics
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