A&O Content Deadlines

A&O Focus Areas

First Year Programs is excited to kick-off the 2019 Advising & Orientation (A&O) season in collaboration with your department. In line with the FYP Sustainable Academic Business Plan (SABP) and student feedback that continues to indicate repeated information between what is presented online (U101) and what is presented in person (A&O), the following focus areas will be incorporated into A&O programs this year:


Student stories communicate the variety of opportunities available at UW and help first-year students make sense of their own pathway (academic exploration, campus engagement, resources, etc.).

Action Items

Checklists and activities highlight specific things students should do or think about in order to prepare for A&O (U101 action items) and to begin their first quarter (Husky Guide action items).

Stretch Zone

Messages focus on challenging first-year students to step outside of their comfort zone to recognize assets and develop goals that will help them persevere in a new environment and routine.

What this means for your content:

University 101

  • U101 content will be significantly reduced to focus on action items students should complete before A&O.
  • Content not connected to action items will be synthesized into pathways and student stories that continue through storylines printed in the Husky Guide workbook and skits performed at A&O.

Husky Guide

  • Two versions of the Husky Guide will be published.
  • The full-text version will be available online and include much of the same content that exists in the 2018 Husky Guide.
  • The workbook version will be available in print and include A&O agendas, campus resource contact information, and action items students should complete at A&O, leading up to or during their first year.
  • Parent Orientation participants will receive the full-text version in print.
  • Major descriptions will be removed from the Areas of Academic Interest (pp 68-73). A list of majors will remain.

Advising & Orientation

  • Presentations will be edited to reduce the amount of overlap between what is presented online and what is presented in person.
  • Presentations will focus on active learning strategies so students can apply the information they learned in U101.

View Husky Guide Drafts

View via Google Drive

Thank you for all of your help with creating content and editing the Husky Guide and the Husky Guide Workbook. Drafts are available for review at the link above. Final drafts will be posted on Monday, May 6 and go to print that day. 

Update A&O Presentations: May 1-30

Update via Google Drive

Please update your presenter list and presentation slides before the end of May. Note that you must log in to Google Drive with your UW NetID. Non-UW accounts will not be granted access to this folder.

  • 2019 Presenter List: Update the presenter list with speaker names and email addresses in the appropriate tab (Freshman A&O, Transfer A&O, etc.). . We will send reminder emails to speakers the day before they are scheduled to speak. This is also where the most up-to-date locations for each session are listed.  
  • Presentation Slides: Upload your A&O presentation slides in the appropriate folder (Freshman A&O, Transfer A&O, etc.). Please create presentations directly in Google Slides. Simply uploading a PowerPoint presentation will require major corrections to formatting. Instructions and templates are available in the folder.

Spring SAS & ACS Quarterly Meeting: Thursday, June 20

Save the date for the Spring SAS & ACS Quarterly Meeting that will provide an overview of A&O and the new initiatives in both areas for this incoming class of first-year students.

  • Thursday, June 20
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 with light refreshments)
  • Mary Gates Hall, room 389

  • Creating New Content

    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. 

  • University 101

    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.

    Population-Specific Tracks

    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:

    U101 Structure

    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. 
  • Advising & Orientation

    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:

  • Husky Guide

    Husky Guide

    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).

  • Evaluation Questions

    Learning outcomes, satisfaction and other various feedback are assessed through multiple channels in A&O. Below are the different ways we measure A&O Outcomes:

    University 101 Survey

    • Questions are asked upon completing U101 within the online orientation.
    • Several pre and post questions are asked in both the U101 and A&O evaluations. 
    • Program summary published on the FYP assessment page.

    Involvio App Questions

    • Questions are accessed through the Involvio smartphone app.
    • Facilitators use time in their presentation to ask program participants to answer questions. 
    • Questions are specific to the content being presented during the workshop.
    • Raw data is shared with presenters to analyze. 

    Catalyst Evaluation Questions

    • Questions are accessed through the Catalyst online survey tool.
    • Students complete this survey at the end of each session (follow up email to complete is sent after A&O).
    • Questions generally measure programs outcomes rather than specific content.  
    • Program summaries are published on the FYP assessment page.

    Other Evaluation Methods

    • Poll Everywhere: Consider incorporating a poll into your presentation to collect data on your own. 
    • Breakout session counts: FYP staff maintains approximate counts of all breakout sessions. 
  • Dawg Daze

    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.