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LionStrong: Hybrid Delivery for Freshmen Orientation - Absolutely!

Lisa Bertin (Penn State Shenango, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 1:00pm
Blended Models and Course Design
Areas of Special Interest: 
Blended Course
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 17
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 1

A hybrid delivery of freshmen orientation does work when on-line content, in-class discussions and use of campuses resources are properly combined.

Extended Abstract

In 2011, the First-Year Seminar curriculum at Penn State Shenango was completely overhauled to make it more useful and relevant for the student body. The majority of the Shenango students are non-traditional, and most students regardless of age lack fundamental skills for note-taking, test-taking, time management, and using technology beyond texting and Facebook. The new course is hybrid but hands-on and interactive. The course introduces students to technological tools including email, ANGEL (Course Management System), and eLion(web based enrollment information services); teaches the academic skills students need; and makes them utilize campus resources such as Career Services, the Learning Center, the library, and their advisers. Content is covered in on-line applications and recorded videos students watch before class, so class is discussion-based, allowing students to build relationships with their instructors. A reflective essay is also assigned that forces students to think about their educational goals and how they are going about attaining those goals, and this assignment requires all students to utilize the Learning Center . The course dovetails with our FTCAP and Orientation programs to help our students become LionStrong - able to find and use tools and resources wisely so they can be successful in their academic careers and beyond.

The presentation will include testimonials from students about the positive effect the curriculum has had on them. The presentation includes statistical analysis of how the new curriculum has affected metrics such as retention, student grades, and graduation rates, and the results of student surveys about their mastery of the course content and goals.

Lead Presenter

Lisa Reeves Bertin offers that rare combination of formal academic credentials, as well as both real-world business and classroom experience. In addition to an associate's degree in computer science and a bachelor's in business administration, she earned her master's in business administration at Kent State University. Professionally, her business experience is varied and includes positions at almost every level of responsibility, including office controller, accounting manager and network administrator.

Since 2001 she has been an Instructor at the Shenango campus, where she not only teaches computer and business courses, but also collaborates with both the business faculty and community businesses in the development of strategic internships of lasting benefit to both the students and area employers. While at PSU Shenango, she has been an IST Champion, an IST Advisor, a member of the Student Activity Fee Committee, a member of the Computer Fee Committee, representative to the University College Council, coordinator of the delivery of 4-year PSU Beaver courses to the Shenango campus, as well as presenter at Freshmen Orientation, the representative of the IST Department for admissions events, and is also member of the Association of Information & Technology Professionals.

Mrs. Bertin was named the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Statewide Faculty Member of the Year for 2009-10 and was also the recipient of the 2011-2012 and 2005-06 Leonard R. Riforgiato Memorial Teaching Award. She was also named club advisor of the year in 2012. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Technology Council of Northwest Pennsylvania, Athena PowerLink and is active with the Lawrence Mercer Athena International.