VIRTUAL ORIENTATION FOR INCOMING
EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Raisa Saviaho at University of Warsaw Oct 12th, 2007
Laurea Units
Laurea
University of Applied Sciences
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Bachelor and Master degree programmes
- Business, Hospitality and Security Management,
ICT, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Services,
Natural Resources and Media
- in Finnish and in English
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Operating model:
Learning by Developing (LbD)
Progressive inquiry learning, i.e. learning that
takes place through research and development in
working life development projects
International Laurea
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A wide range of international activities
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Approximately 200 incoming exchange students per academic
year
Background: Previous orientation
provided for incoming students
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www-pages
info letters
personal advice
(e-mail)
supportive elearning studies
arrival days
student tutoring
orientation week
and camp
Background: Need for development
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Good orientation = successful exchange
Information provided beforehand ->
problem prevention, shorter adjustment
time
Personal advice takes up a lot of
resources and can be frustrating to
adviser
Online orientation and guidance is cost
affective and allows wider participation
Objectives
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Well orientated incoming
exchange students
Sharing information and
getting to know one
another, also among
arriving students
Levelling and decreasing
workload
Ensuring correct and good
quality information for
everyone
Welcome to Finland
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An e-learning
workspace
Platform for
sharing
information
Discussion
forum
Shared login
and password
Orientation schedule
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Information at www.laurea.fi
Information at home institution
Application and acceptance
-> Access to
’Welcome to Finland’
Arrival days
Face-to-face tutoring
Orientation week
and camp
Welcome to Finland
Experiences so far: Success
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positive feedback
some active users
continuance
open communication
feeling welcomed ->
less stress
Experiences so far: Challenges 1/2
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ICT skills
language skills
previous experience
chatting culture
credibility issues: written info vs.
”spoken”, info for everyone vs.
individual advice
censoring messages (unwanted attention)
Experiences so far: Challenges 2/2
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The platform /
system used
(technical
application)
Problems in ICT
and language
skills, virtual
culture etc. with
the people giving
guidance
Future development
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Continuance by using the
same workspace
Guidance also from
previous year’s students
to next year’s students
Workspace layout ->
more user friendly
Increasing the
involvement of tutors
VM-BASE
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Virtual Mobility Before and
After Student Exchanges
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Activities include research
and piloting
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http://vm-base.europace.org/
http://www.europace.org/
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Laurea’s pilot
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Orientation and guidance study unit for
Laurea’s students going abroad
Based on feedback and experiences
- and the need to update
Before, during and after the exchange
phases
Face-to-face meetings, group meetings,
assignments, discussion and diary/blog
Offline and online
AFTER THE EXCHANGE ONLINE
ASSINGNMENTS AND DISCUSSION
APPLICATION
MARKETING
OF
STUDENT
MOBILITY
GROUP
MEETING
FEEDBACK
DURING THE
EXCHANGE
ONLINE
ASSINGNMENTS
AND
DISCUSSION
FACE-TO-FACE
MEETINGS
GROUP
MEETING
BEFORE THE
EXCHANGE ONLINE
ASSINGNMENTS AND
DISCUSSION
GROUP
MEETING
Laurea’s pilot
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Good experiences
so far with a
small pilot group
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Assessment ->
Dissemination of
the practice to
all outgoing
students
Thank you!
Ms. Raisa Saviaho
[email protected]
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+358 9 8868 7230
Skype: rsaviaho
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