In the News

October 20, 2016 - University of Toronto launches campus video game
Article in the Charlatan

Guardians of UTM Gaming App Poster

The University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) is launching a mobile game to help new students transition to university life. The game, called “Guardians of UTM,” is a quest-based adventure revolving around a “mystery intruder” who is selling the school’s secrets to other schools.....

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October 12, 2016 - UTM uses first-of-its-kind mobile game to enhance students’ transition into PSE
Article in Academica

The University of Toronto at Mississauga says that it hopes to boost participation in first-year transition programming through the use of a campus-based digital game, reports Miisissagua.com. UTM Student Transition Manager Jackie Goodman says that roughly one in five students currently participates in the school’s programming, but she hopes that the game will boost this number by 30% to 40%.....

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October 7, 2016 - New UTM students quest, solve puzzles and explore campus through RPG-style game
Article in the Mississauga News

A still-image from the game

It can be overwhelming for the many students leaving high school to head off for post-secondary learning for the first time. Every year, the University of Toronto Mississauga campus welcomes between 3,500 and 4,000 new students. To help them acclimatize, the campus offers a variety of programs and initiatives, according to Jackie Goodman, UTM’s student transition manager. Unfortunately, she said, not all new students take advantage of said programs, with participation at about 20 per cent.....

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September 19, 2016 - Fitting in: what it means to be first-gen
Article in the Medium

The transition from high school to university is a big step—and an even bigger one for first-generation students. These are students who are the first in their family to attend university, or the first to attend university here in Canada. Given that first-generation students are the first of their family to attend university, they may not have developed the same vision or expectations of university life that others may have grasped intuitively.....

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September 5, 2016 - Marvel and DC face off
Article in the Medium

A shot from the UTMSU Cheer-Off

Super’16, with a theme of superheroes, took place last week after UTMSU and the Office of Student Transition decided to hold one orientation week together. Last year, UTMSU had complained about creating a competition as the Office of Student Transition held a separate orientation. “The hope was that this [uniting with UTMSU] would better align with the students’ perception of a singular orientation experience,” said Jonathan Hersh, an orientation and outreach coordinator at the Office of Student Transition, in an email to The Medium.....

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November 16, 2015 - The "Guardians of UTM" are coming
Article in the Medium

Something like this has never really been done before for a school,” says Chris Primerano, a fourth-year computer science student. Primerano is the programmer for UTM’s latest ongoing project: a complete UTM-based video game. “There are lots of schools that have done augmented reality apps, but to create a […] gaming app.....

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October 9, 2015 - Ready Player One: UTM Students unravel mysteries with new mobile game
Article in the UTM News

A still image from the game interface. Another still image from the game interface.

Starting next year, incoming students will find a mystery waiting for them when they get to U of T Mississauga, thanks to a new mobile game from the Office of Student Transition. Currently in development, Guardians of UTM is designed to help new students find their way around campus and learn how to access important services they’ll need in the years ahead.....

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September 7, 2015 - Orientation Weeks abound at UTM
Article in the Medium

First-year students had several options when choosing where to celebrate their first week at UTM this year.Aside from UTMSU’s annual frosh week, campus groups welcomed first-year students with festivities hosted by the Muslim Students’ Association and the Office of Student Transition, a new department at UTM, which organized a free Eagles Take Off frosh week. The orientation week included campus tours, sessions on time management and critical reading, a yoga class, and a tour of the nature paths on campus.....

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June 23, 2015 - Mission: Transition to UTM
Article in the Medium

Two students leaders are pointing towards a crowd of first-year students in the background who are sitting in the gym during orientation.

Students will find it easier to transition into academic life thanks to a one-of-a-kind program launching at U of T Mississauga in fall 2015. The newly created Office of Student Transition will be dedicated to supporting new students academically and socially, and will provide improved access to the many services available to them....

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December 1, 2014 - Meet the bloggers
Article in the Medium

Midterm stress, wearing sweats, wanting to take naps… How do you remember your transition from high school to university? First-year students Anxhela Adhamidis, Karissa Singh and Parnika Celly are sharing their own experiences in weekly blogs for the utmONE program, which seeks to ease first-years’ transition to university. “[It’s a] platform that allows students to realize that their experiences are valid and to normalize some of that anxiety of the struggle to come to university. It helps students see they are not alone in those struggles,” says Jackie Goodman, first-year transition and academic support coordinator.....

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