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Virtual orientation

Each fall, students from all over the province brave the campus grounds to embrace life as a university student.

While typically a live, real-time event, orientation has now gone virtual.
On Sept. 2 and 8, over 80 students came together to participate in Memorial@Home’s Online Orientation for First-time Distance Education Students. This event was a first for Memorial@Home, and the enthusiasm of the students and participating staff was apparent.

Jody Rotchford, student retention coordinator for Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), was very pleased with the level of interest shown by the participants.

“This session provided an opportunity for our distance education students to interact with our staff, presenters from academic and administrative units and other students in real time through Elluminate Live,” she said, explaining that Elluminate is a Web conferencing software tool. “At the end of orientation they will have all the tools they need to succeed in a distance education environment.”

The session began with a warm welcome from Clyde Hillier, manager of Client Services at DELT, followed by presentations from the Writing Centre, the Academic Advising Centre and the Queen Elizabeth II Library. Students were also given a step-by-step demonstration of how to use Desire2Learn (D2L), the learning management system used to host all Memorial@Home courses. Through this demonstration students learned how to access course content, submit assignments and make discussion postings.

DELT has made a recording of the online session available to accommodate those students who were unable to attend. This session, along with several others, is now available to all first-time distance education students through D2L.

Students can view the presentations at any time by logging into and accessing Memorial@Home.