Masters Program Orientation

Today was the on-campus orientation for my online masters degree program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. It was the first time I got to meet faculty, staff, and fellow students enrolled in the CTER (Curriculum, Technology, and Education Reform) Program. It was nice to finally interact face-to-face with many people I got to know online last semester, and see the real faces in person–as opposed to little icon jpegs. Now I feel more like I am really a part of a masters degree program, and not just simply taking a few classes online. If for no other reason, I thought the on-campus orientation did a lot toward making this program seem more tangible–more real. Even though the CTER faculty and staff make great efforts toward building an online community, it’s still easy to lose sight of the fact that fellow students are real people, and not just voices heard through laptop speakers in Elluminate or Gizmo sessions. I’m really glad I was able to attend. Thanks to everyone who participated.

One thought on “Masters Program Orientation

  1. I agree with you about the online orientation. It’s a really good and important starting point to create a “meaningful” online community. It used to be a two-day orientation and I kind of missing various activities we had those days.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s