Onboarding / Syllabus activity

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I was looking for a place to share ideas about onboarding students in an online course at the beginning of a semester. There is a lot of information for students to understand at the beginning of an online course, especially if it is their first time taking a course at the institution and also their first time taking a course with a specific instructor. There is navigational information (where do I find this, etc.) and there are specific course items to know. It seems instructors answer many of the same questions throughout the semester that are located in the syllabus or course information. 

so, I'm looking for engaging ways for students to go through this information in an engaging manner vs just reading a syllabus, checking a checkmark, and then still asking questions that they said they already read over. 

What does your institution do for this? 

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