OTV is go for CQU virtual orientation

Published:09 July 2020

Some of the team presenting CQU's popular new virtual initiative OTV, as part of the Orientation Our Way program.

It’s lights, camera, action for CQUniversity’s innovative Orientation Our Way, with hundreds of students attending live virtual events via the popular OTV platform.

Developed in response to ongoing social distancing requirements, the interactive program began on Tuesday 7 July, and is connecting students with lecturers, support staff, fellow students, and alumni from the comfort of the couch.

CQUniversity Corporate Events and Graduation Coordinator Victoria Roome said OTV’s interactive talk show format was proving popular, with four Zoom-based sessions so far attracting almost 1000 participants.

“The MC is calling out questions that students can answer in real time via an online chat or via social media," Ms Roome explained.

"Then the MC, and our expert presenters and panellists are also responding to student questions and comments in real time, providing an engaging and personalised experience.

"Students and staff are loving the energy. It’s been a fantastic showcase of CQUniversity’s leadership in online education.

“Students have been logging in from around the world and across multiple timezones, and the feedback has been great.”

All OTV events have also included a moving Acknowledgement of Country video, featuring Koinjmal woman Jenuarrie, from the Eastern Coastal Plains of Central Queensland, and created by CQU’s Digital Media academic Jan Cattoni with support from Creative Arts students.

As well as OTV continuing until Friday 10 July, Orientation Our Way also includes a web series called Orientation Boost, where students can meet and interact with experts in longer sessions.

Scheduled from Wednesday 15 July, Orientation Boost includes sessions on the Academic Learning Centre, research with the Library’s online resources, student fees explained, balance for work, social and study life, career planning, changemaking, Indigenous wellbeing support, and how to connect with fellow students.

Students must also complete introductory unit Orientation Online, accessible anytime during their first term.

Students can still register online to create their Orientation Our Way schedule, via the Student Portal.