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students get acquainted with software they
will be using for many of their classes.
Similarly, at Washington State University,
Hansen says they were able to create their
online orientation free of charge due to help
from graduate students, who did the editing
and engineering, and from the Global Campus Department at WSU, which specializes
in creating online courses and built the orientation under their e-course framework.
They added orientation content as if it was
course material and enrolled students in the
"course" as soon as they were accepted to the
university so that they could see the content
and take the quizzes.
Give students a strong incentive to participate. Juanita Hall at California Lutheran
University recommends employing the
"carrot" method to encourage students to
complete the online orientation-withholding a certain service until the orientation

requirements have been met. At her university, SEVIS registration is the carrot, while at
others, such as Texas A&M, students cannot
register for courses until they've completed
the orientation.
Be mindful of accessibility. Some institutions are requiring online orientations, but
if your university is going to make the online
orientation mandatory, it must ensure that it
is accessible to all students regardless of their
capabilities. Clement of Texas A&M advises
consulting one's university's disability services office when creating orientation content.
Another roadblock might be Internet accessibility. While Hansen at WSU is unaware
of any students being unable to complete the
orientation due to lack of Internet access,
she says that she and her colleagues were
mindful of keeping the orientation videos at
a low resolution to account for slow internet
speeds, and that each semester they set up a

computer lab for any students who have not
completed the orientation by the time they
arrive on campus.
Make a plan, then tweak it. Clement also
advises deciding exactly what you think
students need to know before arriving and
making a detailed outline. "We have a neverending list of ideas of what we would like to
be able to do with our online orientation,
but it's not all going to be possible," she says.
"It needs to be targeted, limited, and really
addressing the most important information."
"By no means is it ever a finished product," concludes Clement. "It is a work in
progress. It is not a task you can do and say,
'Now it's done.' There's always room for improvement."
IE
V I C K I VA L O S I K is a freelance writer in
Washington, D.C. Her last article was "Arabic
Is Blooming" in the annual intensive language
supplement that was published with the March/
April 2014 issue of IE.

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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
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