Research 101: Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry

$300 member
$500 non-member

The “Research 101” eTutorial focuses on scholarly inquiry relevant to academic advising contexts and developing a research proposal or scholarly persistance plan.

[All content is self-contained within the eTutorial. No additional materials are required.]

What you'll learn

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the necessity of scholarly inquiry in the field of academic advising.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of three inquiry methods: qualitative, quantitative, and humanities.
  • Participants will explore research literature regarding a topic of interest.
  • Participants will develop a research proposal or scholarly persistence plan

Who is this for:

  • Those new to the scholarship of advising.
  • Those interested in exploring researchable topics may either register as individuals, and advising administrators, deans, vice provosts, and academic leaders may wish to enroll multiple advisors to generate a research agenda on their campus.

Description of the eTutorial:

The “Research 101” eTutorial is a 3.5 week, intensive-learning experience focused on scholarly inquiry relevant to academic advising contexts. Participants complete weekly discussion posts, quizzes, and other related assignments, including creating researchable or analyzable questions for future study. During the first week, learners are introduced to concepts such as the scholar-practitioner and the scholarship of advising. The second two weeks highlight three of the main approaches to inquiry and the literature review process. Finally, participants develop their research proposal or scholarly action plan during the last week.

Module One: Foundations of Scholarly Advising

Topics Covered:

  • Being a Scholar-Practitioner: Why All Advisors Need to Engage in Scholarly Activities
  • Scholarly Advising and the Scholarship of Advising
  • The Historical Foundations and Scholarly Future of Academic Advising
  • Developing an Inquiry Question

Module Assessments:

  • Discussion Board

Module Two: Overview of Research Types

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of Social Sciences Research
  • Overview of Qualitative Research
  • Overview of Quantitative Research
  • Overview of Humanities-based Research

Module Assessments:

  • Quiz
  • Written Assessment

Module Three: Digging into the Literature

Topics Covered:

  • Searching the Literature
  • Scholarly Writing: The Invention Stage
  • NACADA Research Agenda

Module Assessments:

  • Discussion Board
  • Written Assignment

Module Four: The Next Steps

Topics Covered:

  • How to use and benefit from Writing Groups
  • Developing a Persistance Plan

Module Assessments:

  • Written Assessment
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July 2024

July 10 - August 3

Technical Questions
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?

Upon successful completion (80% or better within the eTutorial) of all 3.5 weeks, the participant will receive a NACADA microcredential. This will include a digital badge through the badging platform Credly, which can be utilized in email signatures, LinkedIn, and other applications.

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 is the format of the eTutorials?

Participants will complete in-depth readings, post replies to discussion boards, and complete quizzes and other assignments. Participants can work at their own pace each week. There will be weekly assignments but no set time to be online. Participants will have the entire week to complete that week's content, which could be completed in several days or during the week as their schedule allows. By offering this information online, participants are provided a learning opportunity that can be accessed in their home or office and at a time that works best for their schedules. Assignments, including discussion posts, quizzes, and readings, will be required each week.

eTutorials are 3.5 (3 1/2) weeks in length. Participants should expect to spend between four and eight hours per week completing the reading, posts, and assignments.

This eTutorial is structured to allow the participants to develop an international network through interaction with other cohort members through Zoom-based office hours and discussion boards.

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 ([email protected]) 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 ([email protected]) 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 [email protected].

Where are eTutorials hosted? Where do I login?

eTutorials are hosted in NACADA's Canvas LMS at 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.

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