Theory and Practice of Advising

$300 member
$500 non-member

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.

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

What you'll learn:

  • Understand what theory is and why it is important to the practice of advising
  • Identify instrumental, descriptive, and normative theories as well as informal theories
  • Practice applying theory to practice
  • Gain tools to continue learning about and applying theory to practice beyond those theories introduced in the course

Who this is for:

  • New to mid-level advising professionals
  • Those interested in engaging in theory-informed advising practice with students

About this eTutorial:

One of the hallmarks of a profession is the creation and use of specialized knowledge to inform practice. As advising professionals, applying theory to practice is an important dimension of our work. But what is theory and how can it be used in advising? This eTutorial explores both informal and formal theories, including instrumental, descriptive, and normative theory, that have been taken up by advisors in their practice. Participants will explore models for applying theory to practice and try using these skills through assignments. Theory offers perspectives on everything from how advisors should interact with students to what the nature of the advising profession is. By participating in this eTutorial, advisors will gain a toolkit for understanding and using theory that will help them continue to learn and apply theory in their practice, even beyond those theories introduced in the course.

Format

Participants will complete in-depth readings, post replies to discussion boards, and complete quizzes and other assignments. Participants can work at their own pace within 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 done during the week as their schedule allows. By offering this information in an online format, participants are provided a learning opportunity that can be accessed either in their own home or office, and at a time of day that works best for their schedules. Assignments, including discussion posts, quizzes, and readings will be required each week.

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

This eTutorial is structured in a manner that allows the participants to develop an international network through interaction with other members of their cohort through virtual chat rooms and discussion boards.

Facilitators

Facilitators will be assigned 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.

Assessment

Each week will include an assessment component including questions covering material and participation in topical discussions.

Completion

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 utlized in email signatures, LinkedIn, and other applications.

Computer Specifications

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

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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.

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
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