View the UW's response to COVID-19. Our services and staff are available remotely and by phone. Because of the on-going situation, Advising & Orientation sessions will remain in a remote platform through 2021. For more information, view our Remote Advising & Orientation Updates page. (updated 12/2/2020)
We will be hosting synchronous remote sessions for advising, registration, and A&O small groups. We are excited to offer self-guided content for campus partners to engage with students. Orientation Leaders will be following up with self-guided content throughout the remote session and into the summer. If you are presenting self-guided content consider the following:
Download the most up-to-date version of the FYP Calendar for a comprehensive list of deadlines, A&O session dates, and important links.
Drafts of U101 and the Husky Guide are now available to review. Select the link below to get access to drafts of U101 & the Husky Guide as well as a spreadsheet to submit your edits.
Edits to your U101 and Husky Guide content are due in early March.
To submit design files, please email Lauren Abbott (email@example.com), Student Coordinator for Design & Print Publication.
Final edits to U101 & the Husky Guide should be submitted by May 6th.
To submit design files, please email Lauren Abbott (firstname.lastname@example.org), Student Coordinator for Design & Print Publication.
In 2019, First Year Programs partnered with Dr. Cassady Glass Hastings to map the first-year experience of UW undergraduate students. In line with the Mapping the First-Year Experience project report, the following key messages will be incorporated into First Year Programs this year:
Despite the benefits of using the first year of college to discover academic and professional interests, students who explore face challenges in making friends, managing mental health, and loneliness when compared to their direct-admit peers.
Programs will focus on strategies to help first-year students -- especially pre-major students -- find friends, build community, prioritize self-care and mental health, and manage loneliness and being away from home.
Freshman students who are admitted with college-level credits (RS, AP, IB) often arrive with a false sense of confidence in their preparedness for college life and are less likely to enroll in first-year seminars (First-year Interest Groups, EOP Scholars Academy, etc.) designed to help first-year students develop a college mindset.
Programs will focus on strategies to help first-year students -- especially those not enrolled in first-year seminars -- develop a college mindset.
In order to make the transition to UW less stressful and the A&O reservation process more equitable, the A&O reservation system will open after the admissions decision deadline, two months later than usual. Now all first-year students will have access to all A&O sessions in real time. No wait list or slow release will be available.
Additionally, U101 modules will also go live for students at this time, a month earlier than previous years.
The public-facing title, University 101, will be dropped in favor of aligning it as pre-work for Advising & Orientation. Publicly, U101 will be referred to as Online Pre-A&O Modules. However, we will continue to use U101 as an internal title for the course.
Over 80% of all first-year students are satisfied (or very satisfied) with U101. Additionally, over 60% report that U101 continues to be valuable (good, very good, or excellent) after attending A&O.
However, since its inception in 2016, the average time it takes students to complete U101 has increased by an hour (3.5 hours in 2019) and the amount students learned in the course (good, very good, or excellent) has decreased by over 40% (48.98% in 2019).
U101 content will be condensed in order to increase the amount students learn in the course (above 50%), decrease the amount of time students spend in the course (below 3 hours), while maintaining high satisfaction (above 80%) and value (above 60%).
Over 90% of all students and parents are satisfied (or very satisfied) with the Husky Guide. However, this number dropped from (98.01 in 2018 to 93.89) in 2019. Focus groups with Parent Orientation participants indicated that parents would have wanted access to the academic content only available to students in the Husky Guide Workbook.
Based on this feedback, the Husky Guide and Husky Guide Workbook will be combined into a single publication. Action items will continue to be the focus of the Husky Guide with active learning workbook pages supporting in-person learning.
A&O sessions will be enhanced by Orientation Leaders facilitating guided reflections to help first-year students apply A&O content to their own experience. The Winter A&O Insert illustrates examples of guided reflections.
FYP recently contracted with Skyfactor Benchworks to host the A&O program evaluations. Formerly EBI, Skyfactor Benchworks builds assessments that are grounded in research and factor reliability that allows us to easily benchmark our programs against other institutions and more efficiently share reports with campus partners. We are using Skyfactor to measure the experiences of first-year students, parents, and orientation leaders.
There are four main components that make up an undergraduate student's orientation to the UW:
- University 101: Online pre-orientation course
- Advising & Orientation: On-campus or hybrid experience
- Husky Guide: Printed publication
- Dawg Daze: Welcome week events
Flipping orientation content requires departments to take a big-picture assessment of your learning outcomes for first year students and determine the most appropriate time and strategies to meet your outcomes through each component.
Most objectives are best met by gradually communicating information through each component, while others can be met in fewer. Feel free to discuss the most appropriate strategy for your information with an FYP representative.
Example Learning Outcome: Every student will be able to sing the official fight song of the University of Washington.
The "Welcome to Your First Year" video (on the side bar) is how the relationship between U101 and A&O is framed for first year students.
U101 is designed to give students foundational information about the concepts they will explore during A&O. Information can be communicated through videos, written content, diagrams, external links, and reflection questions.
Fight Song Content in U101: Brief history of the fight song; Copy of the fight song lyrics; Video of the Husky Marching Band performing the song; Reflection questions that ask students to examine a specific verse; Optional link for students to learn more about how the lyrics have changed over the years with recordings of different versions of the song.
When developing content for U101, every consideration should be made for the universal design of content. Meaning: content should be written in a way that is inclusive to all first year students regardless of the population to which they belong.
Rather than saying, "Time management is key to a successful transition from high school to the UW" consider saying, "Time management is key to a successful transition from your previous school to the UW."
In the few instances where content must be tailored to a specific population, we have the ability to communicate that information to the following student populations:
In addition to videos, written content, and diagrams, U101 includes features that further highlight and assess a student's learning through the course.
- Learn More: This feature shows up as a checkbox at the bottom of the slide with the words "I would like to learn more about (fill in the text)." This allows students to select the check box which will populate a link or list of links in the student's personalized items of interest to explore at a later time.
- Quick Tip: This is a feature that shows up as a white box at the bottom of the slide with the heading "Quick Tip" above it.
- Checklist: U101 includes a comprehensive checklist of action items that all students should complete before the fall quarter. This includes a title, description, and list of links.
- Additional Resources: A list of additional links that are important for all students to have as they prepare to begin classes in the fall. This includes a brief title and link.
- Glossary Terms: Define common acronyms or other UW-specific jargon. When this feature is activated, the definition of the term appears when a student hovers the cursor over the word.
- Module Review: This is the final slide of each module that lists all learning outcomes from each slide.
- Module Quiz: This is a multiple choice quiz that tests students on one learning outcome. Students must complete the quiz before moving on to the next module.
The student experience during A&O should focus on applying the information they learned in U101 through active learning, engaging activities, and discussions. Every effort should be made to utilize Orientation Leaders (OLs) and non-traditional presentation techniques to engage students in the material rather than repeat information in a lecture format.
Fight Song Content in A&O: Students would be asked to break out into small groups, lead by OLs, to share their analysis of a specific verse (reflection question from U101). Students would then discuss the meaning of the song, why the UW has a song to begin with, and common times that the song is performed. OLs could sing the song for the students and lead small groups to practice singing the song themselves.
For dates, agendas, and other A&O information visit the A&O website for faculty/staff.
Flipped Classroom Resources:
- Audience Engagement Strategy Book (Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations)
- Engaging students in learning (UW Center for Teaching and Learning)
- Using Active Learning Strategies for Content Retention (Natalie McKinnis)
- What is Flipped Learning? (Flipped Learning Network)
- Flipped Classroom Canvas Module (Center for Teaching & Learning)
The Husky Guide (given to students online and parents in person) and Workbook (given to students during A and O) is meant to support and expand upon your A&O content. Information in the Husky Guide should be directly related to the activities and discussions happening in your session.
As a printed publication, the Husky Guide and workbook should include relevant pictures and graphics that help illustrate your messages. If you are examining a specific concept during A&O, consider including a diagram of this concept with reflection questions and space for students to reflect in the guide.
Including website URLs, email addresses, and office locations are good ways to make the Husky Guide useful throughout the year.
Fight Song Content in the Husky Guide: The fight song lyrics could be printed in the Husky Guide with space next to each verse for students to take notes during the discussion about the meaning of the song. Information (websites, office locations) about where students can go to discover involvement opportunities (Husky Marching Band, UW Athletics, other performance groups).
Formerly EBI, Skyfactor Benchworks builds assessments that are grounded in research and factor reliability that allows us to easily benchmark our programs against other institutions and more efficiently share reports with campus partners. We are using Skyfactor to measure the experiences of first-year students, parents, and orientation leaders.
Select the links below to view the questionnaires for each population.
Dawg Daze allows students to engage with campus resources and experience life on campus. While some Dawg Daze events are not connected to orientation outcomes, hosting a Dawg Daze event as part of your department's strategy to introduce students to orientation concepts can be very effective.
Fight Song Content in Dawg Daze: Students can attend a pep rally before the first home football game to get students excited and involved in athletics. The Dawg Daze schedule can include promotions for tailgate parties, tickets to sit in the student section, and other opportunities experience what it's like to sing the fight song with thousands of other Huskies fans. Other events can include an information session for students to learn more about joining performance groups on campus, attend acapella performances, or participate in other campus traditions.
Dawg Daze events are scheduled every fall and winter quarter. Visit the Dawg Daze website for more information about how to submit an event.
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