Leveraging the Power of Online Learning to Facilitate Quality Degree Completion
Online Student Orientation: The Impact on Grades, Retention, and Preparedness
Tahnja Wilson, Senior Manager, Strategic Design Initiatives, EdPlus at ASU
After years in the healthcare field using her MIM and MBA, Tahnja earned her elementary education certificate and taught her own technology curriculum for K-8 students. In 2009 she came to ASU, redesigning courses for the online environment. Her education interests include gaming, best practices, and student/instructor engagement.
ASU's Online Campus created, designed, and implemented a one-week online student orientation course last fall for a subset of its online population. The results -- increased student retention, decreased DEW rates, higher grades in subsequent courses, and prepared students. Find out what we did, how we did it, and why we are expanding the orientation to all ASU Online students.
Learning Objectives
Discuss the importance of designing activities that require active engagement by the instructor and student.
Examine key components of a successful online student orientation.
Discover the "hidden objectives" of an online orientation course.
Audience: Faculty 
Audience: Administrator
Audience: Instructional Designer