30 Ideas for a Digital-Friendly New Student Orientation

Josie Ahlquist

Those who have worked within New Student Programs and Orientation know that summers are not a time for vacation or downtime.  The months of June and July stacked tightly, back to back, with transition programs for new students and their families.

Orientation is part of the reason that I pursued a career in Student Affairs.  As an orientation leader I loved the energy, even the endless parent questions and late nights programming that blended into early mornings academic advising sessions.  But as an orientation leader from 2000-2002 we did not have the type of technology tools now available.  We created our student session ‘slides’ on poster boards that took at least a week to create.  We went through registration by hand, then phoned in courses.

19937967_sIn this post I am proposing methods that new student programs can implement to make their orientation experience more digital-friendly.  This is beyond the tech…

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