Creating a Virtual Orientation Experience that Preserves On-Campus Benefits



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Overcome common challenges as you transition your orientation online.

For many, COVID-19 has sped up the timeline for transitioning orientations to a virtual format. This webcast will help student affairs professionals who are accustomed to face-to-face orientation programs create engaging virtual orientation experiences. Touching on common challenges of planning and execution, our instructor will share a three-phased approach to help you:

  • Streamline communication and establish institution-wide understanding of new terminology and practices
  • Use technology efficiently to model the virtual experience after the on-campus experience
  • Engage student orientation leaders in new ways to preserve peer-to-peer connections
  • Communicate appropriate remote conduct to incoming students, their families, and institutional partners


Who Should Attend

This webcast has been designed primarily for traditional face-to-face institutions of higher education that will be transitioning their new student orientation to a virtual setting. If you are struggling with how to design an engaging online orientation in light of COVID-19, this webcast is for you.



Phase 1: Paving the way to success
Get ready for your virtual orientation with clear communication and planning.

Phase 2: Structuring the experience
In the second section, you will learn how to create an agenda and activity flow for your orientation that preserves the intended experience while capitalizing on the advantages of the online modality.

Phase 3: Establishing an understanding of appropriate virtual conduct
In this final section, you will learn how to create a successful communication style and a plan that clearly defines appropriate remote conduct for students, their parents, and campus partners who may be new to this type of interaction.



Carlos Guillen

Associate Director in First Year Programs, University of Washington

Carlos Guillen draws on over 10 years of professional experience in higher education in his role at the University of Washington in Seattle. In his current role, Carlos provides leadership to a department charged with the successful transition of over 8,000 first year students. Carlos earned his Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico. In addition to his work with first year students, Carlos’ experience includes curriculum development, equity and diversity, parent orientation, and assessment in higher education. Read Carlos's full bio.


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