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 
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 Step 2 - customize the letter with pictures and information about your class.

  Step 3 - save as PDF and email to online education department.JPG

 

  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 us: online@canyons.edu or 661-362-3600. We are happy to help!
 
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