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FOREIGN STUDENT AFFAIRS
By Vicki Valosik

Innovative Orientations
IN AN AGE OF DECREASING UNIVERSITY BUDGETS, increasing international student

Just as no two campus orientations are exactly alike, universities are finding a number of creative ways to present
orientation materials in an online format that fits with their
budgets and the needs of their students and staff-from simple PowerPoint presentations to more elaborate programs
including videos, interactive games, or student chat rooms.

Finding the Right Style

Online Orientation Required

At California Lutheran University, which began offering
an online make-up orientation three years ago, international student-advising staff wanted to keep the traditional
orientation in place but also provide an alternative for
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students unable to make it to campus in time to attend.
Although there are usually only a handful of international
students who miss orientation, says Juanita Hall, senior
director of multicultural and international programs, it
was critical to provide a way for them to receive the same
information. They started small, with a PowerPoint presentation accessible through the university website, but
are now transitioning to an online video that was made
by the media services department which filmed the inperson orientation sessions. "I felt like the PowerPoint
slides were torture," Hall says with a laugh. "Students today
would prefer to watch a human being give information
and tell a few stories to illustrate what's going on."
The new online orientation video focuses on visa regulations and will include a quiz and printable certificate at
the end. Once students arrive on campus and show that
they have completed the online orientation, Hall and her
colleagues will review the remaining materials with them
individually. This is not an option that Hall likes to advertise, however. "It's just something we provide if they're
absolutely going to be late. We don't want to encourage
students to miss orientation because they start kind of
behind the eight ball, and we want them to get the full
experience and to be able to connect with other students."

Northern Arizona University (NAU) began offering an
online orientation in the fall of 2013, also as a make-up
option, but quickly realized the benefits of requiring all
international students to complete it, including those

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populations, growing global access to high-speed Internet, and changing approaches to teaching
for the digital generation, it is not surprising that many universities are moving their international
student orientations online. Whether to supplement traditional orientations on campus or to replace
them, orientations conducted online often lead to cost savings and more efficient use of staff labor,
and enable international student services offices to keep better records of who received what information and when. In addition, some universities report that international students who complete
an online orientation prior to their arrival seem better prepared for student life in the United States.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2014

International Educator - May/June 2014
Contents
Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Front Lines
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Internationalization Leadership
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Forum
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