Induction

Orientation and Induction

Helping you to settle, stay and succeed at Carlow College!

Every September we welcome our first year undergraduate students for the first time and we welcome back our returning students during Orientation and Induction week.

The purpose of our induction for first year students is to try to make them comfortable and at ease in their first few weeks at college. We aim to get students to know one another and to begin to understand some of the methods we use to enable student to learn while here and the academic, IT and pastoral supports available to help along the way.

Our returning students in years two, three and four of their programme attend a re-orientation day in the week prior to the commencement of programme lectures. Each academic stage brings a different set of rules, regulations, skills and expectations. Re-orientation takes place at the start of each new academic year and its purpose is to engage with learners as they progress through their academic programme.

Our induction schedules have been compiled with a view to ensuring that our students are well equipped with the information needed to begin their studies and to ensure a good start to a successful college year.

 

 

During induction, you will be given the opportunity to meet academic, administrative and student support staff. You will learn what is expected of you as a learner and what you can expect in Carlow College. There are also opportunities to get to know students on your programme, familiarise yourself with key facilities and services and classrooms and begin to feel at home on the college campus.

New learners attend a one-week comprehensive orientation programme in the week prior to the commencement of programme lectures. The purpose of this week is to provide learners with essential ‘need to know’ information about the College’s structures, procedures and services which will assist them in their first weeks of study and enable them to settle into college life.

The orientation programme of activities seeks to ensure a balance between academic, practical and social orientation while acknowledging the diversity of learner lives and commitments. The orientation programme consists of the following:

  • Welcome address by the President, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Registrar, and Programme Directors.
  • Completion of the registration process and opportunities to resolve administrative queries.
  • Academic orientation and programme induction by Programme Director and Academic Advisor.
  • Opportunities for learners to meet their class group and learners in advanced stages of their chosen programme.
  • Introductory lectures in two compulsory modules which begin to familiarise learners with academic expectations and the role of the lecturer at higher education.
  • Opportunities to participate in social events such as lunches, coffee mornings, tours and informal activities with college staff, other learners and Students’ Union.
  • Information Technology sessions to introduce college IT systems to new learners.
  • Library tours and introductory talks to orientate learners to library and information services.
  • Introduction to the academic, personal and careers support services through targeted workshops on transitions, future career and life plans, and assistive technology and inclusive learning for school leavers, mature learners and learners with disabilities/learning differences.

Learners are provided with an induction pack of essential information which they can refer to in the weeks after orientation. This also includes details of further academic and social induction activities scheduled to take place during semester one.

Learners have an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences through an anonymous online ‘settling-in survey’ which informs the development of the orientation and induction process.

Re-orientation provides an opportunity to inform learners of any institutional changes that have taken place and set out expectations for the new academic level. It also reminds learners of the academic and personal supports available and allows learners to reflect on the supports they may need in order to successfully progress.

The re-orientation day consists of the following:

  • Welcome back academic orientation and programme induction by Programme Director and Academic Advisor.
  • Completion of the registration process and opportunities to resolve administrative queries.
  • Opportunities for learners to socialise with their class group and learners in advanced stages of their chosen programme.
  • Information Technology sessions to re-familiarise learners with college IT systems and any changes that have been introduced.
  • Careers and employability workshop to support their programme level.
  • Opportunities to engage with student support services.

Learners are provided with details of further academic and social induction activities scheduled to take place during semester one.