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Theme: Transition and Adjustment

The Role of Orientation in Shaping & Responding to Changing Agendas

Eril McNamara
Manager, Student Centre & Orientation
The University of Queensland


As one of the first points of contact with the institution, Orientation can play an important role in shaping student's learning expectations, by providing information about what to expect and how to cope at University. Responding to changing agendas, this information needs to be provided in an accessible and inclusive format, so that the needs of time-poor students and those who have difficulty attending campus (particularly those undertaking paid work) are also met. IT resources provide a resource-effective response, but dilemmas continue in regard to equity. Activities designed to foster interaction with senior students and staff assist students with the University's IT processes and give it a 'human face'. Personal support also plays an important role in shaping student expectations to align with reality and reducing feelings of alienation, and thus positively impacting the beginning of their first year experience.

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