All Hands on Deck for Success: An Online Orientation Project

Keri Johnson


In spring 2015, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin–Madison developed a unified, 4-part orientation project that was integrated into 15 undergraduate summer online courses. The team sought to create a newfound informational support structure for summer online students and integrate it with centralized learning technologies so that over the long term it could be scaled to serve a larger audience. This paper presents a description of the inception of the committee and the orientation pilot and its main components, describes the way they were deployed and evaluated, and lists key takeaways for administrators.

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