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Technology Information at Freshman Orientation
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This is related to the “Technology for Incoming Freshman” thread.
Do you give a formal presentation to new students and/or their parents during orientation? We have always done so and we cover device registration for NAC, recommended computers & software, antivirus and malware protection, registering contact information for our emergency communication system, our AUP, user account information, e-mail, Blackboard, Banner Self-Service and of course Copyright compliance (aka “the evils of illegal music & movie file downloading”) information. We also have a question and answer period. Our problem is that our time slot has been reduced from one hour to 45 minutes and now the orientation planning group wants to reduce it further, down to a half hour. Their rationale is that the students will figure things out themselves once they move on campus six to eight weeks after orientation.
We do have a large ITS presence during move-in weekend to help students get on the network and resolve any log in issues.
So, do you give a formal presentation to new students and/or their parents during orientation? If so,
… how is it structured?
… is it for parents and students?
… what do you cover?
… who in your department does it?
… any other suggestions?
If you do not give a formal presentation to new students during orientation, what alternatives should be considered?
John R. Ellis
Executive Director Information Technology Services
The College of Saint Rose
432 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203