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Wednesday, May 23 • 12:45pm - 1:20pm
Countdown to Coursework: A Pre-Orientation Canvas Site to Build Community

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Graduate school can be intimidating, and students in a professional program may not have been in school for decades. While they often bring great excitement and appreciation for the coursework, they can sometimes bring a different set of anxieties about their capabilities and time management, among other things. Additionally, there is simply a lot to learn even before they arrive on campus. With an eye toward building a welcoming, collaborative, and inclusive community, and focusing on better managing student retention from acceptance through matriculation, Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication program built a pre-orientation Canvas site called Countdown to Coursework. The purpose of the Canvas site is for students to engage with the program and each other while gently (re)introducing them to a sampling of the work they will experience at Northwestern. This session will talk more about the strategy and outcomes of using Canvas in this way and will give a tour of the pre-matriculation student experience.


Anne Marie Adams

Assistant Director, Northwestern University

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Amy J. Hauenstein

Director, Northwestern University, School of Communication
Diversity & Inclusion; Curriculum Studies; Teaching & Learning; Equity in Education

Wednesday May 23, 2018 12:45pm - 1:20pm CDT
RB 175