Virtual communities empower first-year students with information
By Sarah Morales
The first year of college can be a challenge for students new to the demands of post-secondary education. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation of remote learning and it’s no surprise that a lot are feeling overwhelmed.
Fortunately, there are online resources to help Pilon students, especially first years, navigate these challenges and even thrive: virtual communities.
Available through SLATE, virtual communities offer PSB students advice, connections, course planning and support services. And it’s all just a mouse click away. What’s more, the information is scheduled to roll out at key times throughout the academic year, so students get the relevant information when they need it.
The Pilon School of Business maintains two virtual communities to support students:
Business Diplomas Virtual Community (712800_VC) and Bachelor of Business Administration Virtual Community (150918_VC).
Faculty are encouraged to steer students towards their VC, particularly first-years, so they don’t get lost in our “virtual hallways.” And don’t forget to mention the VC throughout the semester as announcements and program updates are published on a regular basis.
Sarah Morales is an Embedded Student Advisor within the Pilon School of Business