What should your Orientation programs include? Many school programs do not focus on the overarching concept of academics and tend to be more focused on fun. Here is a list of ideas to keep in mind to stay academic focused while still having fun!
"The purpose of a freshman orientation program ought to be, well, to orient freshmen in college — that is, to give students a “compass bearing” in the strange and unfamiliar world of college."
"Community colleges have the raw material to be the breakthrough sites for innovations in teaching writing, speaking, and math to first-year college students. That’s a worthy and difficult mission, hard to do well but valuable when done right. Let’s do that. I’m content to leave the upper-level stuff to the colleges that specialize in it. Better to do what we do, well."
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How can you use twitter to enhance learning and the teaching expereince?
"You'll find plenty of people doing interesting work in teaching and learning once you have followed your first few users and see whose research they are referencing and retweeting. You should also find that the accounts you follow, and the ones who follow you in return, build up quickly. In no time at all, you will have expanded your personal learning network in ways that might lead your teaching, your research—and yes, maybe even your breakfast menu or comic timing, if you so choose—in exciting new directions."
"Most of us learn to be leaders. We discover the importance of vision, integrity, and creativity -- then practice these lessons while pursuing our passions. If you want to develop the confidence to become an exceptional leader, meet and interact with people in roles of leadership, and experience working in another culture while making a difference in the lives of others, the Pavlis Institute is for you."
"Eight years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and a few months after the withdrawal of the military forces from the country, Iraq's universities, devastated by years of dictatorship, sanctions, and war, are still struggling to recover."
Michiagn Tech's Orientation program offers a program called Summer Reading. Faculty, staff, current, and incoming students participate. During Orientation week, Orientation Team Leaders along with a faculty or staff member lead an insightful discussion with first-year students. Through critical reading of the book, the Reading as Inquiry program hopes to prepare each incoming student for college-level reading, inquiry, and discussion.
"Students attending Orientation can participate in the Summer Reading series and have the chance to meet the author during Orientation Week."
"As the field grows increasingly complex and the instrumental goals of internationalization become more prominent, it is important that campus discussions and planning efforts sort out their language, underlying concepts, and implied or explicit values. Otherwise, people run the risk of talking past each other and developing strategies that may not match their goals."
"I do not enjoy watching students fail any more than I did 15 years ago, but now I see failures as part and parcel of the total experience of a college education. Like so much in life, failure and success are just different ends of the same spectrum. Learning to navigate that spectrum with integrity, grace, humility, and a little grit, is one of the most important skills colleges can teach."
Micheal Gingerich & Suzanne F Stevens summit Mt. Kenya, second highest mt. in Africa, March 16, 2012 to raise funds for African women’s tertiary education Do you want to get involved – Either Hike with Us, or Donate?
"Especially with today's economy, the reality is that in order to have any form of job security you need some form of higher education. This makes the existence of the Internet so valuable in that if offers the opportunity to enroll into one of the many degree programs provided, allowing those of us with families to support to keep working during the day."
"It is also worth questioning if traditional providers of higher education are built for the much more stretched out spatial era emerging in almost all of our world regions. And if not, what are the options -- technological, organizational, etc. -- for addressing a provider-society disconnect that will surely deepen over time?"
"Tolerance and equality are among Generation Me's greatest strengths, and should continue to be celebrated. But sometimes equality is not enough. For true peace and compassion, we need a healthy dose of empathy. It's not enough to realize that someone else is equal—we have to think about what it's really like to be him or her. That, perhaps more than anything else, is the lesson we must teach Generation Me—and ourselves."
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