Creating Online Professional Development using the NACADA Core Competencies

Upcoming Offering: July 6 - 30, 2022
Price:  $200 for NACADA members
             $400 for non-members

The “Creating Online Professional Development using the NACADA Core Competencies” eTutorial is a 3.5 week, intensive-learning experience. This eTutorial requires participants to select one NACADA Core Competency and use it as a basis for creating a training/profession development activity in the Canvas learning environment. This learning experience is focused on advisors who either want to, or have been asked to develop advisor training and/or professional development activities for their campus or department. The use of the Backwards by Design instructional design framework is pitched to those will little or moderate exposure to instructional design and with a minimal amount of familiarity with Bloom’s Taxonomies. Participants will share their work with each other, so rather than only having one activity at the end of this tutorial, participants will be able to consider many more to adapt to their local circumstance. 

Participants complete weekly discussion posts, quizzes, and other in-depth assignments. The content for this training module is designed to provide both a strong theoretical and practical approach for designing advisor training/professional development activities.  

This learning experience is perfect for new advisors and/or faculty and staff new to the advising profession. Individual members may register, and advising administrators, deans, vice provosts, training coordinators, business managers, and other institutional administrators may wish to enroll multiple advisors new to their campus or advising.

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 experienced higher education advising administrators and advisors. 

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 a short and focused time period 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.

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 Key Concepts

  • Participants will read both the "Introduction to NACADA Core Competencies" and the "Abridged NACADA Core Competencies" documents. (The "Introduction to NACADA Core Competencies" will be sent to participants before the eTutorial starts.)

 Weeks Two and Three: Demonstration, Evidence, and Assessment

  • Participants will submit their assignment in which they identify the NACADA Core Competency component they have selected to address and a draft of Stage 1: Desired Learning Results section of their Activity Lesson Plan.  
  • Participants will be encouraged to attend one of four possible town-hall meeting to discuss their questions and concerns related to creating a professional development activity lesson.

 Week Four: Evidence, Assessment, Ongoing Learning

  • Participants will submit their activity lesson plan to the group file.
  • Participants will browse through the group file and select a colleagues activity lesson plan that they believe could best support their training or professional development efforts and describe how through a discussion post. 

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

Linux - chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

As of January 5, 2019, Android apps require version 5.0 or later and iOS apps require version 11 or later. All Android and iOS both support the two most recent versions of their respective operating systems.

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


2022 Offerings: 

  • April 6 - 30
  • July 6 - 30
  • November 2 - December 6

Register Online

July 2022 Registration

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

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 ( 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 ( 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