Student Orientation

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Student Orientation 
This short orientation is to help students acclimate to our learning environment.

The presentation should be informative, supporting, kind and authoritative. Students should leave the orientation presentation feeling like they know how the program runs.
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2015-08-06 11:43:49 GMT
2015-08-09 06:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) 
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Student or Non-for-profit student project
Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
3600 WORDS
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male
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Slide 1
Welcome to Rush University – part of Rush University Medical Center. Whether you are a distance learner or an on-campus student, we are excited to have you as part of this respected institution. You’ve made an excellent choice in Rush, and are joining a vibrant community of 2400 students, of which more than 1800 take at least one online class, and nearly 300 students study solely online.

In this orientation you will learn important information about Rush, including some of its history, the services available to you as a student, key staff contacts, and an overview of technologies that are part of our Blackboard online learning system, called R-U Learning.
NOTE TO TALENT: "RULearning" - pronounce the r and u as letters, as in “ARE YOU learning.”

Slide 2
Rush University Medical Center, formerly Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, traces its history to 1837, when Rush Medical College received its charter from the state of Illinois. Two days after Rush received its charter, the City of Chicago was officially founded. Today, the Medical Center reflects more than 170 years of excellence in patient care, education, research, and service to the community.

Rush Medical College was the first degree-granting medical school in Illinois, and it graduated 10,976 physicians before suspending operations in 1942. Though closed, Rush Medical College retained its charter and reopened three decades later.

In 1885, the first antecedent of the College of Nursing, the St. Luke's Hospital Training School for Nurses, opened its doors to offer diploma education in nursing. In 1903, the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing accepted its first students. From 1956 until 1968, nurses studied at the merged Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing. A total of 7,221 nurses graduated from these three schools.

In October 1969, Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital merged with Rush Medical College, establishing what would eventually be called Rush University. In the fall of 1971, Rush Medical College reopened as new students began their basic science education and clinical training. One year later the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences joined the Medical College under the new name of Rush University. In 1975, Rush University established a new College of Health Sciences, and in 1981 The Graduate College was established.

Today, Rush University includes Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College. Each year, Rush grants Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, along with some certificate programs.

Slide 3
Rush University Medical Center encompasses more than the four colleges and the extensive patient care and research programs on its main campus, just west of the Chicago Loop. It also includes Rush-Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park and Rush-Copley in Aurora, as well as numerous health care and educational affiliations throughout metropolitan Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest.

Rush is a private university known for its practitioner-teacher model, translational research, nurturing academic environment and focus on community and global health. These efforts have paid off in national recognition. In 2014, nurses at Rush were awarded the coveted Magnet Status for the third consecutive time, and in the most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," Rush University was ranked as a top university with an exclusive health science focus. Offering 2,400 students more than 35 unique degree or certificate options in Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health and Biomedical Research, Rush University is "Educating the Future of Medicine”.

Slide 4
The Division of Student Affairs is designed to support you in your academic, social and career development while you’re at Rush. Each of the departments offers services and resources at no additional cost to students. Services range from personal or couples counseling to financial literacy resources to help you manage college debt. A variety of programs and events are held, connecting academic topics with social learning environments and students from all colleges. To help start building your professional network while you’re here, more than 50 student organizations or affinity groups are available to join; some provide professional memberships and enhance your academics, while others are based more on common interests or backgrounds. We also support your transition to the university and help you persist through commencement by connecting you with all of the electronic systems you’ll need access to and providing services from Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office as well. International students can find resources to assist with their transitions via the International Student Services area in the Registrar’s Office.

Slide 5
The staff of the Office of Student Life & Engagement is committed to providing an atmosphere that will enhance each student's academic experience. In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, we strive to identify the needs of our student body and implement programs and services to meet these needs. You will likely first interact with our office during orientation or while evaluating housing options near campus. Throughout your time at Rush, our office will provide opportunities for you to engage with other students by participating in welcome week events, joining a student group, exploring Chicago during an off-campus program, or taking part in an inter-professional panel discussion. And as you make plans for life after Rush, our staff can serve as a resource in helping you prepare to land a job. If you’re an on-campus student, we encourage you to stop by our office to introduce yourself and grab a cup of the complimentary coffee we provide for students every weekday morning. If you’re an online learner, please email us to discuss opportunities to connect.

Visit the Student Life & Engagement website for details about services and programs. Review the Student Handbook, in particular the sections on the Rush Honor Code and HIPPA. If you have any additional questions about what we offer students, please call (312) 942-6302 or email

Slide 6
Students interested in financing all or a portion of their educational costs must first apply for financial assistance. Most forms can be completed online or faxed to the Office of Student Financial Aid. While the process may seem overwhelming, the staff, led by Michael Frechette, Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid, is here to assist all Rush University students.
At Rush all degree-program students will likely qualify for aid, and students in the Specialist in Blood Bank Technology certificate program may also qualify for limited financial assistance.

Visit the website of Student Financial Aid to:
¥ Apply for financial assistance
¥ Learn about types of financial assistance and more

Slide 7
Rush University participates in the full spectrum of Veterans Education Benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

If you are a veteran and receiving veteran’s educational benefits, please contact Michael Frechette, Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid for any questions you may have. You can reach him at To connect with other veteran students and faculty at Rush, contact Lee Bitsoi, Director of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. You can reach him at

Slide 8
The Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs supports Rush’s goal of achieving a workforce, faculty and student body that is reflective of the communities, patients and region we serve. This office hosts a monthly “Lunch and Learn” programming series for students, faculty and staff that highlights aspects of diversity and intersectionality. Additionally, this office provides resources and support for student affinity groups ranging from groups with religious affiliations to Rush Pride, and including cultural groups and student veterans to name a few. To get involved, contact or check out the resources available on Rush’s Diversity & Inclusion website.

Slide 9
The Office of the Registrar supports the academic mission of the University by facilitating the transition of students from matriculation to degree completion; interpreting and enforcing established academic and administrative policies and procedures; issuing student identification cards; and fulfilling transcript and credentialing/licensing requests along with many other services, such as overseeing the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students' educational records.

Rush University takes seriously its commitment to protect the privacy of our students and their education records. In addition to upholding FERPA, which applies to students, Rush University has taken further steps to protect the privacy of those who are applying for admission to Rush by applying some FERPA principles for those individuals as well.

Slide 10
The Library staff is here to assist you with anything you may need to complete your degree. The Library subscribes to almost 9,000 journal titles, in both electronic and print formats. The Reference Librarians are able to answer questions over the phone, electronically via chat, email or through an online classroom session. Students can access our electronic collections anywhere in the world by using a proxy account username and password. This information will arrive in the mail and is necessary for you to access our online materials.

The Library of Rush University is a part of I-Share, a consortium of academic libraries in the state of Illinois. Our students are eligible to borrow and return items to any participating library in this network. Books can be ordered online and are delivered to the Rush Library services desk for customer pickup. If an I-Share Library is located near you, a Rush Student ID will allow you to borrow materials in person. A list of I-Share Libraries is available here

Distance Students obtain books differently from the way journal articles are obtained while on campus. The Library of Rush University Medical Center can provide you with journal article literature and any electronic books in our collection. All other materials will need to be obtained from the library nearest you. It is important for you to know the closest library you are able to use. This may be a public library, state university library or community college library. It's key to determine what services they can offer you and how long those requests may take to be filled.

Go to the Library homepage to begin using their services.

Slide 11
The McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC), a department of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, is a media, computer and educational support center. Its mission is to facilitate university teaching and learning through the use of multimedia, computer software, and instructional design assistance.

Stop by the METC, located in the Armour Academic Center to use the computer labs or get assistance with any of the technology resources offered by Rush.

Slide 12
The Counseling Center staff understands the stress that can result from balancing a rigorous academic life while building a professional identity and network and juggling a personal life. They also respect the confidentiality of the students who utilize their services and take every precaution to protect student privacy as well. In fact, no record of contact with the Counseling Center is accessible to any college or university personnel. For students taking classes on the Rush Campus, they provide professional counseling at no charge, for a variety of concerns ranging from stress and anxiety management to depression and relationship problems to name a few.
For a full list of services offered, check out the University Counseling Center website or contact Hilarie; Tamara Claman, PsyD; or Kunal Sachdev, PsyD at (312) 942-3687.
Students who are exclusively distance learners may benefit from Employee Resource Systems (ERS), the student and family assistance program. The staff at ERS can assist students with finding appropriate resources, including counseling services, in their home communities. ERS can be reached by calling (800) 292-2780.

Slide 13
The Employee and Student Assistance Program (ERS-EAP) provides support for students and employees at Rush. The first five assessment sessions are free, and all services are confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided over the phone or online, and we utilize language interpretation services that offer translators in 200 languages. Sometimes you may prefer to meet face to face, so we also have a nationwide network to assist you in finding services in your local area if you’re not in Chicago.

For a full list of services offered, check out the Employee and Student Assistance website or contact us at (312) 942-6849 or toll free at (800) 292-2780.

Slide 14
In keeping with its goal to promote diversity among its student population, Rush University is committed to attracting and educating students who will help to make the population of health care professionals’ representative of the national population, including students with disabilities. In addition, Rush University wishes to ensure that access to its facilities, programs and services are available to students with disabilities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to all students on a nondiscriminatory basis consistent with legal requirements as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and applicable implementing regulations of these statutes. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to an instructional activity, facility, program or service that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to participate in all Rush University student activities. View the website to learn more and find contact information.

Slide 15
Regardless of the mode of delivery for your program, you’re a member of a learning community at Rush. A successful community requires everyone to work together to ensure a safe and positive learning environment. All participants are expected to work respectfully, cooperatively and proactively to ensure the best learning experience, while learning from each other as well as from the faculty.

Slide 16
In addition to numerous on-campus learning programs, Rush University offers many online programs, providing students a number of advantages. Online learning allows students to benefit from high-quality, multi-media learning tools. Content can be recorded and delivered to students on demand, allowing them to control the pace. The online classroom facilitates student collaboration across geographical boundaries. Here at Rush, when technology is matched with powerful methods, student learning becomes far more efficient.

Slide 17
Rush University employs a variety of technology tools used to assist with learning and various learning styles.

RULearning/Blackboard is a virtual learning environment and course management system that allows faculty to add resources and engage learners.

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that includes video recording, instant messaging and voice discussion boards, all seamlessly integrated into Blackboard.
Turnitin – Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that encourages best practices for citing other people’s written work.

ExamSoft takes some of the stress and fatigue out of exam day by allowing exam takers the convenience of using their own computers to take their exams. Key benefits that allow learners to:

• Organize thoughts quickly and efficiently
• Type answers instead of writing them by hand
• Easily navigate the exam
• Tag your answers for review

Panopto is a video platform for sharing knowledge, providing lecture recording, video recording, screen casting, video streaming, and video content management software.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard until it is submitted for grading to ensure the integrity of the testing environment. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.

Slide 18
When using technology to facilitate learning, we should expect that technology will occasionally fail. Please be aware that service interruptions and technology failures can present challenges. Be proactive. Create a backup plan in case your primary technology tools fail. Know where to turn for support, have the URLs to the University tools, keep support phone numbers and email addresses handy, back up your data, and keep virus protection software up-to-date.

Slide 19
The RULearning (Blackboard) Support Center provides a variety of support channels, all of which are available 24 hours daily.
Access the RULearning support center at and request support by submitting a ticket. You may track the status of your ticket in My Support.
Contact a representative via telephone. If you are on campus, simply dial 3-CLAS . Off-campus callers may dial 312-942-2527. Press option 2 for Blackboard.
Live chat with a service representative over the web;
Send an email to Please note that submitting a ticket on the RULearning website is equivalent to emailing, as each submitted ticket automatically generates an email.
Additional assistance using Blackboard tools can be accessed from within any Blackboard course by clicking on the “help button”. You can find the help button under the “Resources” tab located on your course main menu.

Slide 20
RULearning is Rush University’s online course management system. To log in, browse to and enter your username and password. The next few slides will demonstrate how to use RULearning at Rush.

Slide 21
Once you have successfully logged in to RULearning, you will see a screen similar to this -- the “My Home” page. The left column indicates the learning videos and tools available to you. The center column displays your course announcements and the On Demand Learning Center. The left hand column lists your available courses and various tasks.

Slide 22
Courses in your program will have a similar layout and design. This screen shows the Announcements page, which is the entry page for a course. Navigation is presented on the left side and course content is presented on the right side of the screen.

Slide 23
Here is a closer view of the course main menu, which is located on the left-hand navigational panel. The course menu can be customized by your instructor in each course to reflect the most commonly used tools. Customizing the course menu allows easy access to pertinent pages of information within the course. Click the down arrow in the top left-hand corner to collapse or expand the course menu. Consider the course menu as your map for the course. Let’s continue by taking a closer look at each item.

Slide 24
The first item and entry point for every course shell is the Announcements page. It is important to check the announcements frequently—this is where your instructor will communicate important course information. General announcements for the RULearning system will also be posted here. Selecting the “View All” option will allow you to view both system and course announcements. Announcements are listed by the posting date, but permanent announcements, as designated by your instructor, never expire. Remember to always scroll down to review all announcements.

Slide 25
Instructor Profiles is the next available tool on the course menu. This is where you will find contact information and biographical information about the faculty teaching the course. Again, it is important to have a method to contact faculty even if you cannot access RULearning. Write down the faculty's email address and telephone number or store these in your phone.

Slide 26
Course Content is where you will find the learning content for your course. Most instructors customize this title so you may see a similar name such as “Modules,” “Weekly Lessons” or “Sessions”. Every content receives its own folder. Some instructors may time release content. Be such to check your syllabus for any opening and closing dates for all content and assignments.

Slide 27
Within each content folder, you'll find pertinent learning information. Learning content can include an overview, learning objectives, articles, essays, interactive multimedia, and various other types of beneficial content related to the learning objectives.

Slide 28
Access the discussion boards from the course main menu (left-hand side). Your instructor will create forums for the various topics or group related topics covered each week. Here, you will interact with other students and your instructor to facilitate understanding of the content. Refer to the course syllabus for specific discussion board guidelines. 

Slide 29
The Assignments section contains detail information regarding each assignment and may contain a link to submit your work. Learners will be able to access the assignment, type a submission, attach files and submit.

Slide 30
Every student at Rush must adhere to the University’s academic integrity policy. Academic honesty and integrity are critically important to the Rush community. Students must understand that plagiarism could result in expulsion from the University. Students are often surprised to learn what constitutes plagiarism, and many times plagiarism is unintentional, so it is important to carefully review the plagiarism information provided by Rush University. Follow this link to learn more.

Slide 31
The University utilizes TurnItIn and SafeAssign, plagiarism detection tools, to ensure academic integrity and to create opportunities to help you identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. These tools analyze submissions within RULearning against several different databases of published sources. After the comparison a report is generated that provides detailed information about the matches found between your submitted paper and existing sources.

Slide 32
Finally, the My Grades page allows learners to see their grades, the status of gradable items, such as tests, assignments, journal and blog entries, and discussion posts. The “My Grades” page may include item names, details, due dates, student and instructor dates of activity, posted grades, points possible, links to rubrics used for grading, and your instructor's comments about the items.

Slide 33
Now that you’ve been introduced to some of the resources, support systems, and learning tools you’ll be using throughout your time at Rush, you’re ready to begin. We encourage you to take advantage of the free services available, the variety of co-curricular programs offered that will enhance your academic experience and the multiple opportunities to build your network, both socially and professionally.

Slide 34
Each year, more than 300 students receive their degrees during Rush University’s commencement exercises, extending a proud history that dates back nearly two centuries. Enjoy your Rush experience and make the most of your time here – it will be time for your commencement before you know it! 
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