Online student orientation in higher education: A developmental study

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Although orientation for online students is important to their success, little information about how to develop an online student orientation (OSO) has appeared in the literature; therefore, the purpose of this article was to describe the entire process of developing an OSO. This article describes the analysis, design, development, and evaluation phases of the OSO in higher education. The orientation consists of four modules titled as follows: (a) What is the nature of online learning? (b) How to learn in Blackboard (c) What are the technical requirements to take an online course? and (d) What learning skills and motivations are necessary for online learning? Formative evaluation was conducted to improve the initially developed OSO program. Summative evaluation showed the OSO program can be useful for future online students. Discussion and future direction of OSO program are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1051-1069
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Technology Research and Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Distance education
  • Online learning
  • Online student orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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