The Orientation project will develop an integrated and streamlined approach to orienting newcomers to Concordia’s environment in line with the responsibilities of their new role. Members of the community will be guided through a timeboxed series of activities that will ensure that the necessary knowledge and skills are acquired in a useful and timely manner.
During the initial research and consultation phase of the Digital Strategy initiative one of the main challenges identified by our community is the absence of formal orientation processes. New students, faculty, and staff are often called on to figure out how to navigate Concordia’s complex environment on their own while simultaneously adjusting to their new roles and responsibilities. Similarly, there is a need to offer orientation support for existing members of our community who transition into new roles such as a staff member changing jobs, a student being given a research assistant contract, a graduate student taking on a teaching assistantship, or a faculty member taking on an administrative role.
Because there is no formal onboarding process (…), new members have to rely on veterans within their social network to show them the ropes.
- Public consultation report
I didn’t know the information. If you know the information, like you should do 1-2-3-4, it’s easy. If you don’t know what to do, you miss it. I missed a lot of pre-readings because of this.
- A student about his biggest challenge
May 2019 Public consultations report mapping new students, faculty, and staff members' orientation journey.
June 2019 Environmental scan of successful and failed orientation practices.
October 2019 Detailed inventory and assessment of current orientation resources and practices.
November 2019 Gap analysis, recommendations, and phase 2 project charter.
Co-sponsors Guylaine Beaudry, VP Digital Strategy and University Librarian
Anne Whitelaw, Interim Provost & VP Academic
Carolina Willsher, Associate Vice-President Human Resources
Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion
Paula Wood-Adams, Dean of Graduate Studies, School of Graduate Studies
Project Lead TBD
Team members Paul Fournier, Director, Digital Strategy
Kristy Clarke, Program Admin, GradProSkills
Maude Bellenguez-Lavin, Employment Advisor, Human Resource
Nancy Favron, Department Coordinator, Student Success Centre
Gaya Arasaratnam, Director, Campus Wellness and Support Services
Andie Zeliger, Manager Academic Staff, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs Stuart Thiel, Part-Time Faculty, Gina Cody School of Engineering