As a temporary contracted employee at the University of Maine, Amy was tasked with creating an orientation for students in the Masters of Social Work Online Program at the University. Students were invited to attend the online orientation to meet with the program coordinators, University financial aid, technology, and student services professional. They were also encouraged to spend time together. The synchronous event was well-attended and provided the students and representatives of the program the opportunity to interact and ask questions, gather resources, and meet with their peers.
"Key to the success of this project was getting all of the key players together and making certain that everyone felt comfortable with the technology and their avatars.All of the information was presented but, because this was an synchronous orientation, the role of the faculty, financial aid reps, IT professionals, and other institutional representatives, ease of use and communication were the most important considerations."