Advising Undecided Students eTutorial

Dates:  September 2-26, 2020
Price:  $110 for NACADA members
             $225 for non-members

The “Advising Undecided Students” eTutorial is a 3.5-week, intensive-learning experience focused on understanding of the nature of college students’ undecidedness toward their academic and vocational goals. Participants will be able to demonstrate their understanding of critical elements of practice for advising this special population of students. Participants should be prepared to focus on weekly activities that includes discussion posts, quizzes, and other in-depth assignments, including creating a philosophy of advising undecided students.

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: Dr. George Steele (The Ohio State University) and Dr. Jennifer Joslin (NACADA and Kansas State University).

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 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 1

  • Introduction to issues and research about undecided college students
  • Who are the undecided college students?

Week 2

  • Introduction to a curriculum for working with undecided college students: self-assessment and educational planning

Week 3

  • Continuation of reviewing a curriculum for working with undecided college students: career planning and decision-making
  • Summary of advising issues for working with undecided college student. 

Week 4

  • Introduction to advising approaches for working with undecided college students
  • Additional readings and resources for working with the undecided college student population

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 10.6 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


Remaining 2020 Offerings: 

  • November 4 - December 8
2021 Offerings:
  • TBD

Nov. 2020 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 the 30 days deadline.

Within 30 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.