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Students set for USC’s first online Orientation

17 Jun 2020

Orientation activities at USC have been moved online for the first time, as the University takes a COVID-safe approach to preparing new and continuing students for Semester 2.

More than 130 live-streamed sessions will be available for USC students from Fraser Coast to Moreton Bay and Brisbane during a four-week Orientation that begins on Monday 22 June.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Denise Wood AM said there would be a mix of live workshops, webinars, video recordings, interactive sessions and other online resources.

She said new and continuing students could join in academic skills webinars, virtual campus tours, and social events like yoga and trivia competitions.

“Orientation is vital for students, particularly those enrolling mid-year, and this semester they will have four weeks to access it online,” Professor Wood said.

“This longer time-frame gives students the flexibility to work at their own pace and the ability to manage other commitments as they prepare for the start of Semester 2 on 20 July.”

The live-streamed sessions will be hosted by experts on topics including academic skills, careers advice, library and researching skills, degrees and subjects, and peer leadership or volunteer opportunities.

There will be information on USC’s online services and systems, student clubs and support, as well as a step-by-step guide to a student’s first day, first week, first assessment and first semester.

“Orientation is an opportunity for students to ask all of their questions about studying at USC, while refreshing their study skills and preparing for both online and face-to-face learning options,” Professor Wood said.

“They can get to know their teaching staff, meet new friends and connect with support networks even before classes start.”

Details are on the USC website at www.usc.edu.au/orientation

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