Reports on Innovations and Best Practice

All Hands on Deck for Success: An Online Orientation Project

  • Keri Johnson (University of Wisconsin–Madison)


In spring 2015, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin–Madison developed a unified, 4-part orientation project that was integrated into 15 undergraduate summer online courses. The team sought to create a newfound informational support structure for summer online students and integrate it with centralized learning technologies so that over the long term it could be scaled to serve a larger audience. This paper presents a description of the inception of the committee and the orientation pilot and its main components, describes the way they were deployed and evaluated, and lists key takeaways for administrators.

How to Cite:

Johnson, K., (2016) “All Hands on Deck for Success: An Online Orientation Project”, Summer Academe: A Journal of Higher Education 10. doi:

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Published on
13 Dec 2016
Peer Reviewed