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Penn State World Campus New Student Orientation

New student orientation for learners enrolling in Penn State World Campus distance education courses.

Linas Mockus

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Penn State World Campus New Student Orientation

Orientation Video
of the



Final Steps
Who is

How Online
Learning Works

Penn State Resources
You Will Need

18 Academic Colleges
20 Undergraduate Campuses
World Campus is a delivery unit for academic programs around the university, which means that you are actually a student of one of the following colleges:
-Agricultural Sciences
-Earth & Mineral Sciences
-Health and Human Development
-Information Sciences & Technology
-Liberal Arts
-Nursing or an
-intercollege major
Decentralized Structure
-Major Requirements
Option Requirements
-General Education
-Bachelor of Arts Requirements
Foreign Language
Knowledge Domain
Other Cultures
Structure of the Curriculum
How to Choose a General Education Course
45 credits of general education is required for a Bachelor degree program and 21 credits for an Associate degree program
Credits are required in:
-Writing and Speaking (GWS)
-Quantification (GQ)
-Natural Science (GN)
-Arts (GA)
-Humanities (GH)
-Social and Behavioral Science (GS) and
-Health and Physical Activity (GHA)
You have flexibility in choosing and scheduling gen ed's.
Choose courses YOU find interesting.
Work with your adviser to find courses that also fulfill US, IL and other cultures requirements.
Transfer Credits
36 of your last 60 credits must be earned at Penn State for a Bachelor degree
18 of your last 30 credits must be earned at Penn State for an Associate degree
Transfer Course Evaluation Guide
Have course descriptions and syllabi available for adviser
Not all transfer credits fulfill degree requirements
ALEKS Math Placement Assessment
Penn State math courses have prerequisites, if you have not met the appropriate prerequisite you are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

You will have the opportunity to spend time working on a math refresher and then take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment again if you would like to improve your math skills and possibly test into a higher level math course. Work with your academic adviser to determine if the assessment is needed for your program of study.
The Adviser
The Student
Preparing for an advising session
Adviser’s role and responsibilities:
Help you understand the nature of the University’s academic programs, specifically looking at the expected standards of achievement and how they affect your likelihood of success in certain areas of study.
Help you understand and follow University procedures.
Guide you in exploring educational and career objectives that may be a good fit for your demonstrated abilities and interests. Since academic requirements and recommendations vary according to program, the adviser can help you become familiar with general education requirements as well as courses required for specific majors. The adviser can also provide information about prerequisite requirements for certain courses.
Provides information about University opportunities and programs such as undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad programs, internships and other available academic resources.
Stays informed by participating in professional development programs provided by each college or department.
Advisee’s responsibilities:
You are ultimately responsible for determining your course schedule, planning your program and ensuring you complete all graduation requirements. Your adviser will provide support and guidance in these areas, but you will make the final decisions.
Take the initiative to seek the academic and career information you need. Discuss your goals and interests with your adviser, so he or she can suggest relevant strategies and resources that might be helpful.
Know what your adviser can – and cannot - do. Advisers can help with academic issues and concerns, but do not have access to information about your financial aid, tuition bill or other administrative areas. However, they would be happy to refer you to people who can help you with these issues.
Do your homework. Familiarize yourself with relevant policies, procedures and rules of the University, as well as those pertaining to your particular college and academic program.
Be prepared. Prior to speaking to your adviser, try to have as much information and paperwork handy as possible.
Stay in touch. Consult with your adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of your degree audit, check your progress towards graduation and discuss relevant academic opportunities at the University. It is also important to consult with your adviser before making any important academic decisions, such as dropping a course or changing your major.
Review the major degree requirements. If possible review a degree audit on eLion, from this you can develop specific questions.
Have your PSU ID number.
Have your questions ready.
Evaluate your academic and career goals. Knowing what you want in the future will help your advisor assess the courses you are taking or the option you are in.
It is up to you to follow through, including scheduling your courses or using other resources like career counseling. Your adviser will help you with your next steps.
Academic Calendar
Important Dates each semester
Classes Begin
Drop/Add Period
Late Drop Period
Late Drop Deadline
Withdrawal Deadline
Classes End
Work with your adviser to choose courses.
First-time students will schedule a course by following the instructions on the World Campus web site.
Registration is a two step process:
-Schedule your course by completing the necessary forms and
-pay your bill to complete your registration.
Contact World Campus Registration Staff for help in registering for courses by calling 800-252-3592 during hours of operation.
How Online Courses Work
All of your courses will require internet access.
You can access our online course catalog for requirements about each course (e.g., prerequisites, number of lessons, exams, technology requirements, course materials).
When you schedule your course(s), you will receive an email with critical course information through your Penn State e-mail account that will include your course material information and how to log into ANGEL (the course management system used by Penn State).
How Online Learning Works
All course access will be on ANGEL
Most courses require a textbook which you can purchase through our virtual bookstore.
Your course may require that you read texts and articles, write papers, do a group project, participate in an online discussion, have a meeting in a chatroom, on Elluminate Live, or on Skype, take quizzes, take tests, etc.
Courses follow the university calendar.
Tests, quizzes, papers, projects may be due on a certain date but when you do the work for the class is up to you and your schedule.
What Makes a Successful Online Learner
These traits and skills are needed
Effective time management skills
Effective and appropriate communication skills
Basic technical skills
Reading and writing skills
Motivation and independence
A good study environment
What makes a successful online learner? Retrieved June 19, 2010 from http://www.iseek.org/education/successonline.html
Have Realistic Expectations
Plan to use 9-12 hours, per week, of study time for each 3 credit course taken.
College is challenging.
Expect to read and write a lot, especially for courses in the humanities and social sciences.
60% of the factors that will determine your success in college are within your control, like setting reasonable goals, time management skills, your motivation, etc.
Assessment on preparedness for taking online courses.
Important Offices
Important websites
How to get connected
Technology Support
Applying for Financial Aid
Undergraduate Admissions
Office of the Bursar
Office of the University Registrar
Office of Student Aid
Office of Disability Services
Office of Veterans Programs
Schedule of Courses
Advising @ PSU
Social Media Tutorials
Get to know other students
Get to know your faculty
The World Campus HelpDesk provides technical support resources to ensure that our students have a successful online learning experience.
Answers to questions regarding:
-online learning environment
-software, Web browsers, and operating systems
-computer hardware and Internet issues
Online resources, including:
-additional training resources
HelpDesk staff is available — by phone, e-mail, or real-time chat — evenings and weekends for the convenience of our busy adult learners:
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time.

Information Technology Services (ITS) at Penn State ensures that students have the information technology tools and infrastructure necessary to be successful. Specifically, their "Be Safe" page has information that will help you protect your digital identity and your computer from threats such as viruses, spyware, and phishing scams.

Once your access account is activated you will be able to enter Penn State's Downloads site where you can download a variety of antivirus and other protective software.
The Office of Student Aid has information on applying for aid, other aid programs, loans and scholarships.
Username: pennstate
Password: pennstate
Penn State Principles
A podcast for World Campus students where we bring Penn State's history, tradition and culture to you.
The Corner of College and Allen provides our students with another way to connect with Penn State World Campus and each other—from anywhere in the world!
Online Readiness Assessment
View video with Closed Captioning: http://student.worldcampus.psu.edu/orientation-welcome-video
View video with Closed Captioning: http://student.worldcampus.psu.edu/paying-for-my-education/financial-aid
I will respect the dignity of all individuals within the Penn State community.
I will practice academic integrity.
I will demonstrate social and personal responsibility.
I will be responsible for my own academic progress and agree to comply with all University policies.
Jerre Engelmann
HelpDesk Support Specialist
Cliff Holmes
World Campus Adviser
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