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Freshmen Orientation at SIT Goes Online In Response to Pandemic

The freshmen experience remained uncompromised by COVID-19 and was a hit among the students

2 Oct 2020


Restrictions imposed on physical events due to COVID-19 led SIT to innovate the orientation experience for the incoming batch of freshmen. Working with a team of ICT students and special interest group SIT Geeks, the Student Life Division (SLD) Division conceptualised and developed the E-Orientation website. Current students were involved as much as possible in the planning and development of the website to ensure views of students were duly represented.

The E-Orientation website was a one-stop portal that allowed freshmen to seamlessly access Club Fair, Day Zero and Orientation information at their own time and convenience. One of its features include a virtual tour of all six SIT campuses, where students could click around to explore their future campuses. Students could also discover interesting facts about the university.

Freshmen Orientation at SIT Goes Online In Response to Pandemic
Students can see where their classrooms would be via the virtual tour.

Zoom and YouTube Livestreams were utilised to provide a sense of interaction and buzz for students during Club Fair. Some student clubs hosted Zoom rooms to interest freshmen about their clubs, while others chose to stream their activities and lessons online for freshmen to get a feel of their club activities. Over 1,700 students attended these online events.

Behind-the-scenes of a Club Fair live-streaming session.

Many students commented that they "loved the personalised feel of the website" and that "everything was very well-connected". A lot of them also mentioned that "E-Orientation was really helpful" and that they enjoyed the "webpage that was designed to give freshmen an enhanced experience, as well as a better understanding of the different campuses and the culture here at SIT".

During the Orientation Week, the website saw over 2,150 students logging in, garnering over 117,000 page views and 85% attendance for Day Zero.

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