A Guide for the Student Orientation

  • Sept. 15, 2015, 11:36 a.m.

A Guide for the Student Orientation

The semester is well underway and you’re making progress on your courses, but you might still be missing out on some of the best parts about the new course redesign. We’re here to help.

The CLS team has put together a quick orientation to help you get the most out of your experience with the new course format. The orientation is an interactive way to dive into D2L (learn.ou.edu), and is required for all CLS students.

The CLS Student Orientation consists of six activities you must complete within the course. Here, we’ll discuss each activity in detail so you know what to expect.

1. Introduce yourself in the discussion section

Discussions are a great way to get to know your peers, and the “Introduce Yourself” discussion was designed with that in mind. You’ll be able to tell your classmates and professors a little bit about who you are and what brought you to CLS. Feel free to browse the topic and get to know your peers before you begin. You will likely be seeing them again in your future classes.
To access this part of the course, click “Discussions” in the D2L course navigation. This will take you to a list of the available discussion topics. Clicking on the “Introduce Yourself” topic will allow you to view the discussion and all of your classmates’ responses.

To add your own introduction click “Start a New Thread” and tell us a little about yourself. Look for the detailed instructions at the top of the page for ideas about what to include.

2. Complete the Netiquette quiz

Once you have introduced yourself in the discussion, it’s time to dive headfirst into every student’s favorite activity: the quizzes.

The first quiz, labeled “Netiquette,” is a refresher course on the do’s and don’ts of online communication. This will help you prepare for every course you come across during your time at CLS.

Click “Start Quiz!” at the bottom of the page to begin and then follow the on-screen prompts to continue.

3. Complete the Information Technology quiz

You’ll find the “Information Technology Quiz” next on the list after you complete your Netiquette activity. This quiz helps you learn more about how to manage your student profile online, and covers important topics like creating an email alias and finding the best student prices for software.

To load the quiz, click “Start Quiz!” at the bottom of the page. You’ll then be able to provide your answers before confirming your submission.

4. Complete the D2L quiz

The last quiz will have an impact on whether or not you successfully complete your future courses. Because the new course format utilizes various aspects of the D2L system, the “D2L Quiz” is an important activity to complete. The questions cover various features of the online courses, like where to find specific resources and how to submit assignments.

To start the quiz, follow the same procedure you used in the previous two quizzes: Click “Start Quiz!” at the bottom of the page and follow the on-screen prompts to provide your answers.

5. Submit a plagiarism essay to the Dropbox

All colleges and universities take plagiarism very seriously. OU is no different. Citing research is a necessary part of contributing to any field, and the university places tremendous value on academic integrity. An integrity policy is provided to ensure all students know how to cite their research and assignments properly.

Before you can complete the orientation, we ask you to submit a 250- to 500-word reflection essay on the issue of plagiarism to the Dropbox after completing the required quizzes. This shows you understand the various types of plagiarism and how to avoid them.

To start, click “Dropbox” in the navigation bar and read the essay guidelines. You will be asked to watch the included video, read the Provost’s integrity policy, discuss the potential impact of plagiarism and write a personal integrity statement.

6. Complete the Final Orientation Reflections discussion

Congratulations! You are almost done. For the last activity, just review your experience with the orientation. Your input is greatly appreciated and helps us plan future activities and improvements.

Once you have completed all six activities you’re finished! You’ll receive confirmation of course completion within five business days of finishing the final activity. There are several links and videos you might find useful as your classes progress, however, so please feel free to check back and reference the student resources.

Update: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.

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