Orientation Letter Resources for Online & Hybrid Instructors
Why Orientation letters?typewriter.PNGHelp students be prepared for online class, minimizes thier questions, formal Instructor introduction 

 How to submit Orientation Letters
Step 1- download one of the OL templates
Step 2 - customize the letter with pictures and information about your class.
Step 3- save as a PDF and email to Distancelearning@canyons.edu


If you teach multiple sections of the same course, create a single letter that that applies to all of your course sections.

 Make your letter "permanent" by excluding semester specific information (example - Fall, Spring, start & end dates, section numbers). The Distance Learning office will keep all letters that are received in this format on file and post them for you automatically every semester.

The option to create a "permanent" letter is also available for hybrid courses. Avoid semester specific information by including a statement such as "See the course information listed in your MyCanyons account for the dates and times we will meet on campus".

If you prefer to create new orientation letters severy semester that includes semester specific information, you are also welcome to do so.

Two templates are provided below for your convenience.


When ready, please email your letter to distancelearning@canyons.edu so that they can be available to students before registration each semester.
The best Orientation Letters do two things:
· Give specific useful instructions to the students

o   “Rather than expecting that students will automatically adapt to a new and perhaps confusing low-structure online environment, online instructors may need to scaffold students to succeed in that environment by providing clear expectations and instructions, as well as by using activities and processes that explicitly teach metacognition, system knowledge, and self-efficacy (Hannafin, Hill, Oliver, Glazer, & Sharma, 2003).”
· Help build an authentic persona
o   “A sense of ‘social presence,’ or the projection of an authentic persona that connects to others involved in the course, correlates strongly with online student course satisfaction, performance, and retention (Boston et al., 2009; Gunawardena & Zittle, 1997; S. Y. Liu, Gomez, & Yen, 2009; Picciano, 2002; Richardson & Swan, 2003).”

 Need Inspiration? Read Orientation Letters in the Archive

If you have any questions, please contact usdistancelearning@canyons.edu or 661-362-3600. We are happy to help!