We took a new approach to Orientation at OPAIC last week.
COVID-19 prevented our new students from attending their traditional on-campus Orientation.
Fortunately, we had recently finished designing an online Orientation course.
The course covers introductions to staff, tips for academic success, advice about living in New Zealand and wellbeing information, among other things.
We shared the course with students and organised two webcasts to guide them through the material last week.
Head of Department for Student Success & Employability Annemarie Meijnen led the sessions.
ICT & Facilities Manager Sonny Teio, Student Counsellor Ellen Yu, Employability Manager Andrew Tui, and Student Experience Coordinator Anastasia Timoshkina all spoke about their areas of expertise.
Staff from a range of other teams were also present online to introduce themselves to students and answer any questions.
Feedback from students was positive, with many appreciative of the creative approach to Orientation.