Archive for October, 2011

What Orientation is All About

Typical college orientation involves showing up and standing on line, but with CW’s Online Division orientation, students, go online instead.


Online orientation offers an accessible, interactive way approach that gives student immediate answers to their questions. Audio clips, photos, and other materials help anticipate what students’ concerns will be so most of those questions will have a response ready to go, no sitting in a crowded auditorium waiting to be called on. Some of the information provided includes explanations for all the major components of being a new CW Online student along with links and other resources in the community they may need. For questions not answered directly, contact information is provided so students know the appropriate person to get in touch with via email.


Another valuable thing about CW’s Online Division orientation is that it is not just a one-time event. Students can visit the orientation course any time they need to.


If you are an online student now, your success coach can help link you to orientation and point you toward the online student homepage on My CW/Campus Cruiser. The online student homepage allows you to access orientation and other items important for online student success throughout their time at CW.


Faculty Profile: Richard Ruane

Faculty Profile: Richard Ruane

Richard Ruane, Instructional Designer

Richard Ruane, Instructional Designer

Education: MA in Communication Studies from The University of North Texas; further graduate study at U. Maryland University College, Indiana University, and University of Baltimore

What he’s teaching this term: GEN363 Communication, Conflict, and Resolution

His philosophy on online education:  Students get a chance to reflect on their current and future professional lives in a place where they can interact with other current and future professionals from a wide variety of contexts, regardless of which night of the week they happen to be available.

Where he sees the online division going in the next few years: Continuing to find ways to foster dynamic discussions, engaging mentorships, and professional relationships between students and faculty in the online environment.

After many months of careful, thoughtful, hard work throughout the college, online programs have officially launched. Our students are working and interacting with our fantastic faculty and staff in a completely online format.  Our goal is to deliver the same quality of education and experience that we deliver to our campus based students. We hope you’re excited as we are!

This has been a true college wide effort.  This brings to mind The CW Way, which states We Make it Happen.