What's the difference between orientation and onboarding?


During our zoom conversation on Addressing Student Stress During COVID-19 (which will continue in the Health Literacy Micro Group), there was a brief discussion about the benefit of provding students with an orientation and certainly explaining the why, what, when, and how of expected participation is critical to the student's success, I would like to open the discussion on the difference between orientation and onboarding.

Orientation is providing the individual an overview of the program expectations. It goes over the why, what, when and how of participation. It's a single event and is a part of the onboarding process. 

Onboarding is an ongoing process composed of four phases: Initial development (orientation), ongoing development, retention, and separation. 

I'd love to discuss how we develop onboarding processes. Does anyone have a process they would be interested in sharing? How do we move these stages into a process for our adult education programs? 

Thank you, 

Kathy Tracey