This is sort of a thinking out loud post and feedback and questions are certainly more encouraged than usual.
I need to organize my presentation for New Student Orientation that starts — meep! — week after next. Theres’s a session in Arcade on June 23 for new summer students and then another session on June 29 in Dansville.
So. What do I tell new students? Lots of trivia and thing that I think they need to know. Doesn’t mean anyone really remembers… but let me make something of a list here and it will help me get it organized.
In no particular order:
- Students who are registered for Summer and Fall have Genesee email accounts (www.outlook.com) but only summer students have network/library accounts.
- All existing network accounts will go away the weekend of August 7 and Fall student network accounts will be built then.
- Unless you’re in the Computer Systems and Network Technology degree program, you don’t need anything special for a personal computer. Buy something inexpensive to get through the first couple of years and then replace it when you know more.
- Mom’s and dad’s can send me chocolate for that one!
- If you’re in the Digital Art program you may want to look at a Mac Book; otherwise buy a PC. Genesee is a PC shop.
- Lots of our software won’t run on an iPad — or even on a Mac. Buy a netbook instead, if you’re looking for the smaller form factor.
- Every faculty member uses Microsoft Office 2010. Students can get that at http://ultimatesteal.com using their Genesee email address.
- Don’t buy it with that new computer; this is way lots cheaper!
- Office software is available inside the Genesee email.
- Some Banner access (like registration, seeing grades) don’t work if you have a satellite ISP. Or a firewall. Nothing we can do about that.
- The Help Desk can help you but only so much. Call them 1-866-614-5004 when you need to (passwords, especially), but remember to talk to your instructor, ask an advisor or read the documentation (http://hd.genesee.edu).
- If you’re a brand new freshman taking college courses for the first time, stay away from online classes. You’ll thank me later for that.
- Online classes are more work, not less. Way more. A statistically significant level of difference ‘way more’.
- Get a GCC ID card.
- If you’re in Batavia regularly, check out the meal plans. Or don’t buy the meal plan, just put money on your card so you can buy food as you want in the cafeteria or the vending machines.
- Read your Genesee email.
- Check out the new student blog at http://newgccstudents.wordpress.com — that’s targeted at even more trivia that new students really do need to know.
- Many (but not all) faculty will use Blackboard for course materials. Be prepared for more computer work than you even thought.
- Some courses require you to also purchase access to a publisher web site. That can come bundled with a new textbook purchased in the bookstore. If you buy used books on the street, you won’t get an access code and will still have to buy that.
- Check your personal information. Do we really know where you live? Do we have your personal email address listed properly?
- We love your family; we can’t talk to them. So don’t send them in to ask questions for you.
- Get a couple of flash drives and put your name on them.
Okay, that’s a good start. What else should new students know in June or July?