Orientation

Spring 2020 (ALL PROGRAMS) - Monday January 4th through Friday January 15th (two weeks)

Week one of the Faculty of Management Spring 2021 Graduate Student Orientation includes three plenary sessions intended for ALL students: The Graduate Programs Office (GPO) Welcome, Smooth Sailing (International Orientation) and The RockVIU Opening Ceremony. These three sessions will be recorded and available for students to re-watch. 

In addition to the above, a series of sessions are scheduled over the remainder of the orientation. Each session is offered TWICE to ensure access for students in different time zones:

  • GCIB and MBA N70 students should attend the morning offerings of these sessions, and 
  • MBA N70 and MBA N71 students should attend the evening offerings of these sessions.

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S21 week 1

Week one of the Faculty of Management Spring 2021 Graduate Student Orientation includes the following sessions:

Graduate Programs Office Welcome

  • Mon. January 4th, 2021 at 18:00 — 20:00 PST (for all GCIB and MBA students)
  • We recognize that for some students (i.e. those in Europe and Africa) this session will be scheduled in the middle of your night. So, we will post a recording of the session and ask that you watch it before a quick 'meet and greet' with the Graduate Programs Office the next morning, immediately before the International Education Session. Please join us: Tue. January 5th at 07:00 — 07:30 PST 
  • Here is a portion of this session where Golfer Okorie, Graduate Programs Advisor, goes over Advising Essentials

Following an official welcome from Stacie Chappell, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, you will meet the Graduate Programs Office (GPO) team: Golfer Okorie, Graduate Programs Advisor and Carolyne Rickett, Graduate Programs Assistant. We will review your program specifics and launch into the always awkward but ever charming first round of introductions.

Smooth Sailing: International Education Orientation

  • Tue. January 5th at 07:30-9:30 PST (for all international students) 

This is your opportunity to connect with other international students from around the world and learn about VIU Services, academic & immigration information, health and safety and upcoming orientation programming with events starting from January 5, 2021. It is a great way to start your first semester off in the right direction. You are required to register through the following zoom link: International Student Orientation Welcome

VIULearn Student Orientation

This is an important webinar to introduce you to the VIULearn portal for your classes. Participants will learn how to register for the self-paced VIULearn Student Orientation 2020-2021 course, which they will be able to access for up to a year. They can explore that course at their own pace to learn how to navigate VIULearn and practice various tasks and activities that they might be asked to complete in their courses. They will also learn how to adjust their VIULearn settings and notifications for the best online experience. There will be some time at the end of the orientation to directly address some participant questions.

Three Power Tools for Academic Success

This session introduces some foundational, and powerful, tools for both international and domestic students: collective meaning-making structures, dissecting course outlines and unpacking assignments. Sylvia Arnold from the International Academic Support office will lead a fast paced session designed to introduce you to the incredible resources available to you in this office.

RockVIU Opening Ceremonies

The Spring RockVIU 2021 Opening Ceremony gives new students an introduction to the incredible community here at VIU. Our Opening Ceremony will include a Traditional Welcome by VIU Elders, Welcome Remarks from President Deborah Saucier, Co-Curricular Record (CCR) talks from inspiring students, musical performances from members of the VIU community, and so much more. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get a glimpse into our impeccable community!

Professional Communication & Netiquette

The capacity to communicate effectively is a basic managerial competency. This is particularly relevant for us in an online learning environment when so much communication will be via email. This session will share practical tips and norms for effectively communicating with your professors, your peers, and the VIU administration. The goal is to help you communicate your intended message professionally.

VIU Student Union

As a student at VIU, you are a member of the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union (VIUSU) which is an independed, democratically run, student organization. In this session James Bowen, Executive Director of VIUSU, will share information on the benefits of membership and the clubs that are particularly relevant to business students. 

Immigration Advising Session

This session, facilitated by a VIU Immigration Advisor, will cover everything you need to know about study permits and post-graduate work permits.  

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S21 week 2

Week two of the Faculty of Management Spring 2021 Graduate Student Orientation includes the following sessions:

Escape Room Social Event

  • Option 1: Mon. January 11th, 2021 at 07:30 — 09:30 PST (For GCIB and MBA N70 students)
  • Option 2: Mon. January 11th, 2021 at 19:00 — 20:00 PST (For MBA N71 and N72 students)

    Just because we're not all able to meet in person, doesn't mean that we can't make fun memories or try new things. Join us for a night of team building, problem solving, and adventure. It's time for the infamous global intelligence class final exam at the legendary School for Spies, but your professor has gone missing! Is this part of the test, or is the rival Snoops Academy behind this mystery? Grab your codebooks and get ready to explore! You and your team are on the hunt to follow the clues, track your professor around the globe, and pass the exam! 

    Graduate Level Communication: Canadian English Dos and Don'ts 

    This session will introduce the International Academic Support master class series focused on high-impact graduate level communication. This first session will explore common issues identified by faculty members when assessing graduate student writing. Overall, the series will explore the art and science of effectively communicating ideas, creating persuasive arguments, and writing academically.

      Professional Communication & Netiquette

      The capacity to communicate effectively is a basic managerial competency. This is particularly relevant for us in an online learning environment when so much communication will be via email. This session will share practical tips and norms for effectively communicating with your professors, your peers, and the VIU administration. The goal is to help you communicate your intended message professionally.

      The Intercultural Classroom

      What is culture and what does it mean to learn in an intercultural classroom?  This session will help students to increase their awareness of how culture effects day to day life in the MBA classroom, both online and in-person.  We will also explore stereotypes and generalizations and consider what attitudes, skills and knowledge are necessary to build bridges across cultural differences and to be a part of creating an inclusive learning environment.

        Immigration Advising Session

        This session, facilitated by a VIU Immigration Advisor, will cover everything you need to know about study permits and post-graduate work permits.  

        Ready, Set, Go

          In this final session we will close off the Spring 2021 Graduate Student Orientation, respond to any final questions you might have, and provide last minute information updates. 

          English Master Class Sessions