eTutorials

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3.5 Week Online Learning Experiences

Interested in learning about academic advising in a guided, online format with experienced NACADA facilitator?  

The eTutorials introduce participants to key concepts in academic advising including current foundational theories and practices from top scholars and practitioners in the field of academic advising and higher education. The eTutorials will offer participants short-term, asynchronous online learning about various topics in the field of academic advising. They are designed to provide a theoretical and practical approach to building advising knowledge. NACADA eTutorials establish academic advising as an integrated learning activity tied to student growth and engagement. 

Please direct questions to Elisa Shaffer in the Executive Office, elshaffer@ksu.edu or 785-532-5717, about how the eTutorials can shape your professional development planning (whether individual, office, or institution)! 

Training and ongoing professional development for advisors is crucial for student success. Advisors who participate in training and professional development share a commitment to student success and play a critical role in establishing academic advising at the forefront of conversations about learning on college campuses.

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals. We understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials.

Digital microcredentials are given to each participant who completes an eTutorial with 80% or better. For more information about the microcredentialing program, visit NACADA Microcredentialing. For more information on how to earn these credentials, visit the individual eTutorial pages for their specific content. 

Advising First-Generation Students

Advising First-Generation Students aims to help participants better understand First-Generation College Students (FGCS) issues and challenges and help them deliver higher-quality academic advising to this student population.

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2024 Offerings

  • March 6 - 30
  • June 5 - 29

Advising Transfer Students

This eTutorial focuses on the experience of transfer students and assists advisors in developing a toolkit of skills, specific to supporting the transfer students with whom they work.

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2024 Offerings

  • March 6 – 30
  • June 5 – 29
  • November 6 – December 10

Advisor Training and Development: Foundations

Advisor Training and Development: Foundations aims to provide the "how" to advisor training and to encourage participants to develop highly effective and advisor focused programs on their campuses and in their advising units

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2024 Offerings

  • February 7 – March 2
  • August 7 – 31

Creating Online Flipped Advising Activity Modules

Participants will create a Flipped Advising learning activity for students (based on NACADA’s Concept of Advising) for use in an LMS or e-Portfolio that introduces critical advising topics with their advisor so higher quality advisor and advisee interactions can occur synchronously and asynchronously.

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2024 Offerings

  • March 6 – 30
  • November 6 – December 10

Creating Peer Advising Programs

The eTutorial aims to help participants understand the rationale, issues, and challenges in designing a peer advising program by reviewing pertinent research, literature from the field, and appropriate peer advising models and then have them draft a plan to implement a new or improve their existing peer advising programs. 

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2024 Offerings

  • June 5 – 29

Research 101: Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry

The “Research 101” eTutorial focuses on scholarly inquiry relevant to academic advising contexts and an overview of research design methodologies. Participants will develop a scholarly action plan to aid in their future research.

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2024 Offerings

  • April 3 – 27
  • July 10 – August 3

Advising LGBTQA+ Students

The Advising LGBTQA+ Students eTutorial focuses on helping advisors understand and meet the unique needs of students who identify with diverse sexual orientations and/or gender identities.

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2024 Offerings

  • April 3 – 27
  • September 4 – 28

Advising Undecided & Exploratory Students

This eTutorial provides a background in the research and issues that describes undecided and exploratory students. It also includes an example of a specialized advising curriculum, its learning outcomes, and related activities to help students develop their academic and career plans. 

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2024 Offerings

  • February 7 – March 2
  • April 3 – 27
  • June 5 – 29
  • August 7 – 31
  • November 6 – December 10

Advisor Training and Development: Advanced

Advisor Training and Development: Advanced eTutorial encourages participants to enhance their training and development programs through implementing a holistic approach to advisor training and development.

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2024 Offerings

  • April 3 – 27
  • September 4 – 28

Creating Online Professional Development

This eTutorial introduces the curricular and instructional design model, Backward by Design and Bloom's Taxonomies, for writing learning outcomes so participants can create a written lesson plan for synchronous and asynchronous online professional development based on NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies.

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2024 Offerings

  • May 1 – 25

Introduction to Academic Advising

The “Introduction to Academic Advising” eTutorial focuses on the understanding and application of the Conceptual and Relational Core Competencies in academic advising.

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2024 Offerings

  • February 7 – March 2
  • May 1 – 25
  • November 6 – December 10

Theory and Practice of Advising

The Theory & Practice of Advising eTutorial explores both informal and formal theories, including instrumental, descriptive, and normative theories, that have been taken up by advisors in their practice.

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2024 Offerings

  • February 7 – March 2
  • March 6 – 30
  • May 1 – 25
  • July 10 – August 3
  • September 4 – 28
  • November 6 – December 10
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What is an eTutorial?

An eTutorial is 3.5 week learning experience. Generally starting on the first Wednesday of the month and concludes on a Saturday 3.5 weeks later. Participants will have learning opportunities with their peers and experts in the filled. Additionally participants will read and watch curated content on specific topic.

Are eTutorials self-paced?

No, eTutorials are asynchronous, not self-paced. Participants can log in at any time, but the eTutorials have weekly assignment due dates. So, participants will need to log in at least weekly to review the eTutorial's content and submit any assignments that are due.

Do I need to buy a book?

It depends. The following eTutorials require the purchase of a book:

  • Advisor Training and Development: Foundations

  • Advisor Training and Development: Advanced

  • Advising LGBTQ+ Students

All other eTutorials' content are self-contained within the Canvas LMS.

Do I have to login at a specific time?

No. But... the eTutorials do have weekly assignment due dates. So participants will need to login at least weekly in order to review the content of the eTutorial and submit any assignments that are due.

How do I earn a microcredential?

In order to earn a microcredential, you must complete the eTutorial within the 3.5 week timeframe with an 80% or better.

Are there facilitators?

Yes, facilitators will be assigned to each section of an eTutorial. Facilitators are there to assist those taking the eTutorial by posing questions for discussion, sharing successful practices, and answering questions. Facilitators will grade all discussion boards and assignments, providing feedback on work completed.

What kind of assignments/assessments are in the eTutorial?

Each week will include an assessment component including questions covering material and participation in topical discussions. Every eTutorial utilizes weekly discussion boards. Whereas assignments vary between each eTutorial. Some have short weekly papers, others have one large project worked on throughout the eTutorial, and others will require interviewing a colleague. 

How much time/work is expected each week?

Participants should expect to spend between four-eight hours per week completing the reading/videos, posts, and assignments.

What is the transfer policy?

A transfer of registration fees to a future offering of any eTutorial offering may be made via request in writing and mailed or emailed (nacada@ksu.edu) to NACADA.

The request must be received three (3) business days (Central US time) prior to the start of the eTutorial offering. There is no charge providing the written request is received three business days in advance:

  • Transfer fee – $0.00 USD*

Requests made after three (3) business days and through four (4) business days into the eTutorial offering will incur the following charge:

  • Transfer fee – $100.00 USD

*If registration fees have been transferred at least once before, any future transfer fee is $100.00 USD, at any date.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation of registration fees for an eTutorial offering can be made via request in writing and mailed or emailed (nacada@ksu.edu) to NACADA. Cancellations after certain dates will incur charges:

Any date ten (10) business days prior to the start of the eTutorial offering:

  • Refund of the registration fee minus $50.00 USD for administrative fees

Any date between three (3) and ten (10) business days prior to the start of the eTutorial offering:

  • Refund of the registration fee minus 50% for administrative fees

Any date after three (3) business days prior to the start of the eTutorial offering:

  • No Refund, due to faculty and technology obligations
When will I get my login information?

You will receive your login information 1-2 business days prior to the start of the eTutorial. FYI, the login credentials are different than your myNACADA login information. If you have any trouble logging in, please email Eilsa Shaffer at elshaffer@ksu.edu.

Where are eTutorials hosted? Where do I login?

eTutorials are hosted in NACADA's Canvas LMS at https://nacada.instructure.com/. You will need to utilize the login information provided to you.

What are the computer specifications that I need to access the eTutorial?

Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

Visit the Instructure Community Page for current browser and computer requirements.

Participant Feedback

The discussion of various theories related to advising and how they can be translated into practice with students was most beneficial. It allowed me to take the knowledge gained into my advising sessions.

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The concept of using developmental academic advising as a strategy not a theory. The readings and assignments really engaged me in the course material and provided a context for my work as a scholar-practitioner. Additionally, the assignments and discussion forums enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the practical implications of academic advising (when using theory to inform practice).
 

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I really placed great value on the feedback Dr. Steele provided me during this tutorial. It was insightful, positive and reaffirming (in terms of transferable skills to academic advising). Additionally, the feedback and questions he posed led me to digging deeper and thinking through the concepts that we were learning.

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Great class! Loved how it was organized and especially loved the rubrics for each assignment. It made it very clear what the expectations were. Thank you.

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"I really appreciate all of your [the moderator] input and time that you have put into making this course a great learning experience for me."

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"It [the eTutorial] was very useful and well organized."

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The tutorial was very helpful. I plan to do more in the coming months. 

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I thoroughly enjoyed this eTutorial - it was one of the most meaningful professional development opportunities I have had and would strongly recommend it for anyone.

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Overall, really enjoyed the course! Appreciated the relevant material and the small time commitment. This made the course very worthwhile and I'm excited to take another!

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The articles, tool kits, resources, references, websites... EVERYTHING! The information was organized in an easy way to read and understand. I loved every minute doing this eTutorial! I also loved the case studies and typing out how I would work with the student. It helped me analyze my approach and the questions I ask. I loved being able to read and respond to other people's responses.

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