Creating Online Flipped Advising Activity Modules for Students

Upcoming Offering: March 3 - 27
Price:  $200 for NACADA members
             $400 for non-members

Flipped Advising is an advising approach that seeks to help students become better prepared for the advising session, and by doing so enhance the quality and effectiveness of the advising session. By using instructional design techniques developed and used by proponents of the Flipped Classroom efforts, the Flipped Advising approach seeks to have students engage in activities that introduce critical advising topics to students, prior to meeting with their advisor, so higher quality advisor and advisee interactions can occur during the advising session. The Flipped Advising approach capitalizes on using tools found in learning technologies such as learning management systems (LMS) and e-Portfolios. These learning technologies are used to organize an advising curriculum, with specific learning outcomes, associated with learning activities that engage students in a pedagogue of critical thinking. In short, the Flipped Advising approach seeks to operationalize the NACADA Concept of Advising. 

The goals of this e-Tutorial are to:
  1. Participants who take this tutorial will gain a deeper understanding of the rationale of the Flipped Advising approach.
  2. Participants will use a model for instructional design, based on Wiggins and McTighe, Backwards by Design model, to create an activity lesson plan, related to a generalized student advising curriculum. The goal is to design an activity lesson plan to be used within a Learning Management System (LMS) or an e-Portfolio.
  3. Participants will review Bloom Taxonomies to assist them in creating learning outcomes for their activity lesson plans. 
  4. Participants will attend at least one Town Hall meeting that will focus on how to develop the activity lesson plans. 
  5. Participants will select a colleague's activity lesson plan from a shared group file and describe how they can use it for their purpose.  
  6. Participants who are willing will submit their activity lesson to a repository for all course members to use in compliance with Creative Commons Guidelines

Participants will register on the NACADA website when registration opens. Participants will use the NACADA Canvas Learning Management System to complete the eTutorial. 

eTUTORIAL MODERATORS: Moderators are higher education advising administrators and advisors with experience in NACADA leadership roles. 

eTutorial Details


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 e-Tutorial is 3.5 weeks in length. Participants should expect to spend between four - eight hours per week completing the reading, posts, and assignments.
This e-Tutorial 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.

Moderators will be assigned to assist those taking the eTutorial by posing questions for discussion, sharing successful practices, and answering questions.


  • Week One: Introduction to the Flipped Advising and Identifying an Activity to Develop
  • Week Two: Designing your Flipped Advising Activity using Backward by Design and Bloom’s Taxonomies – Town Hall Meeting
  • Week Three: Consider Methods of Evaluation
  • Week Four: Review a Colleague’s Activity

Each week will include an assessment component including questions covering material and participation in topical discussions. The final project for this e-Tutorial will be submitting a lesson plan, for a Flipped Advising student activity.
Upon successful completion (70% or better within the eTutorial) of all 3.5 weeks, the participant will receive a certificate of completion suitable for framing.

Computer Specifications

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

Operating Systems
Windows 7 and newer
Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
Linux - chromeOS
Computer Speed and Processor
Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
1GB of RAM
2GHz processor
Internet Speed
Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
Minimum of 512kbps
Screen Readers
Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
PC: JAWS (latest version for Firefox)
PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome


2021 Offerings: 

  • March 3 - 27
  • June 2 - 26
  • September 1 - 25

Register Online

March 2021 Registration

Registration is limited to 50 participants per monthly offering. Registration closes 3 business days prior to start of the offering.

Refund Policy

A refund of eTutorial fees, less a $25 administrative fee, will be made with a written request prior to a 21 days deadline.

Within 20 days: No refunds. At any time prior to the beginning of the eTutorial, a participant may transfer a registration to another individual from the same institution. The new individual must complete and submit a registration form indicating the substitution.