Advising Undecided & Exploratory Students

$300 member
$500 non-member

Advising Undecided and Exploratory Students provides a background in the research and issues that defines and describes undecided and exploratory college students, as well as an example of a specialized advising curriculum, its learning outcomes, and activities with which advisors can use to compare and contrast their advising program's efforts to help these students develop their academic and career plans. 

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

What you'll learn:

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of college students' undecidedness towards their academic and vocational goals by reviewing pertinent research, literature from the field, appropriate models and approaches to working with these students, and psycho/social theories that can provide insights to the needs of these students. 
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding and critique several critical elements of practice for advising this population of students.

Who this is for:

  • Those new to the profession
  • Those new to advising this population group

About this eTutorial:

This e-tutorial introduces, during the first week, presents an overview of issues and research related to describing and defining undecided college students, which includes examples of sub-types of students found within this population. The second two weeks provide examples of the advising curriculum, learning outcomes, and some activities developed by Dr. Gordon to help these students develop their academic and career plans. The last week has participants compare and contrast their programs' design and delivery for advising for this population of students and identify where they might improve them with the ideas derived from this e-Tutorial.

Module One: Who are the Undecided College Students?

Topics Covered:

  • Who are the undecided & exploratory college students?
  • Gordon's Continuum of Decidedness Types
  • Introduction to issues and research related to working with undecided & exploratory students
  • Types of undecided/exploratory students

Module Assessments:

  • Discussion Board
  • Quizzes

Module Two: Assessment & Educational Planning

Topics Covered:

  • Student Self-Assessment
  • Holland's Vocational Types
  • Student Educational Planning
  • Gordon’s Curriculum for Undecided Students

Module Assessments:

  • Written Assignment
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion Board

Module Three: Occupational Planning & Decision-Making

Topics Covered:

  • Super's Career Theory
  • Decision Making
  • Decision Making Exericises and Styles

Module Assessments:

  • Discussion Board
  • Quizzes

Module Four: Compare & Contrast

Topics Covered:

  • Comparing and contrasting your context with Gordon's context at OSU

Module Assessments:

  • Discussion Board
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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.

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