Initial Assessment:  Currently, the Los Rios colleges use a college-informed and district-developed 8-module online orientation designed to cover components essential for new students to successfully transition into academia and to comply with the orientation portion of the state required Student Success and Support Program (SSSP).   The online orientation resides in the district’s current learning management system (LMS) Desire-to-Learn (D2L) with student completion results tracked for each student in PeopleSoft.  The district is transitioning from D2L to the Canvas LMS beginning in January 2017 with full transition by December 2017.

Plans:

  1. Maintain the online orientation in D2L until it is transitioned to Canvas by December 31, 2017.  Develop enhancements to the PeopleSoft interface with Canvas to capture additional data on student completion of individual modules and to provide automated reports.
    1. Lead(s): Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services (AVCSS) and DOIT Application and Production Services units
    2. Funding Resources:  SSSP as appropriate
    3. College and District Roles: College student services faculty, administrators, and outreach staff will update and/or develop new orientation content and distance education faculty will create orientation “course” in Canvas. Based on input from college personnel, DOIT will enhance interface with Canvas and reporting capability.
  2. Explore and implement as possible additional enhancements such as a link to a chat option where students can get answers to questions, use of other venues (e.g. portal) to provide orientation, development of methods to message students as needed to complete the orientation if they stopped out, and add test-preparation information to orientation content.
    1. Lead(s): AVCSS and DOIT Application and Production Services units
    2. Funding Resources:  SSSP as appropriate
    3. College and District Roles: College student services faculty, administrators, and outreach staff will identify desired online orientation enhancements and request their prioritization for future implementation.

Indicators of Success:

  1. Students successfully complete online orientation in Canvas.
  2. Automated reports of the interim status of students’ progress prior to completing orientation are available to staff and students.