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Reflections of Designers of an Online Orientation Program: Did We Get it Right?

, University of Calgary, Canada ; , University of Melbourne, Australia ; , , , University of Calgary, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-35-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


With the growth of online courses and programs offered by higher education, are students given formal orientation opportunities? The authors engaged in a two-year study where they implemented an online orientation program for students in their faculty. The program was designed to develop student confidence and competence in using the technology and becoming familiar with online pedagogy. Using a reflective process the authors, who have a wealth of experience with online learning (e.g., student, designer, instructors, & administrator) share insights from their experiences with this online orientation initiative. They conclude the work with three implications for practice.


Hanson, J., Johnson, C., Lock, J., Adlington, A. & Liu, Y. (2018). Reflections of Designers of an Online Orientation Program: Did We Get it Right?. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1233-1240). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 18, 2018 from .

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