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I need more information before I can offer any suggestions. 

*  Since you are only dealing with 125 students, is there any characteristics of this population which sets them apart from the rest of your new students (i.e. Are these students the ones with lower ACT scores? Are they the scholarship recipients? Etc.
*  How long is the overall orientation? When is it occurring in relation to the beginning of classes? What other activities are included in the program?

A couple of principles I use when determining what to say and do with students:
*  Students hate to feel that they are wasting their time at an event so all activities should have a clear purpose.
*  Students pay attention to information which they feel is relevant to them so target the message to the audience and deliver the message at the time you expect students to act on the information.
*  Handouts must be visually appealing and appear to contain valuable information or they will go from hand to bookbag to trashcan without ever getting more than a passing glance.
*  First impressions are lasting. What does your message say about your program and your expectations from the students?


Martin Golson
Instructional Specialist
Austin Peay State University

(931) 221-6553




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Subject: Student Orientation

Hello Listers,
I'm part of our new student orientation and will have a session with 125 students for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do any of you have suggestions for an activity I can do with them?  Our success course uses ON COURSE which I am new to using myself.  Can  any of the activities from that be used with such a large group?
Thanks,


Jenny Briney
Director of the Center for Learning Excellence Education Complex-RM #206 MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217-479-7178
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