Understanding Technology and Advising

Upcoming Offering: 2024 Sessions TBD
Price:  $225 for NACADA members
             $425 for non-members

Are you interested in understanding and intentionally using technology in advising? This eTutorial is focused on helping participants develop a framework for critiquing technology use so they can become better evaluators of its impact. This eTutorial will not champion the latest vendor product but will help advisors and administrators develop a framework for understanding the impact of technology. This 3.5-week eTutorial will address today's important tech issues under discussion in higher education. 

The goals of this eTutorial are to:

  • Explore how the “data-based decisions” efforts in higher education can influence the practice of academic advising and its implications for the use and selection of technology.
  • Ground the use of technology for advising within the context of intentionality for advising practice.
  • Use multiple perspectives on the use of technology to critique technologies advisors currently use and those they are considering for adoption.

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 higher education advising administrators and advisors with experience in NACADA leadership roles. 

eTutorial Details

Week One: Big data and technology

How do institutions’ effort to use “Big Data” impact how we in advising consider the use of data, produced through the use of technology, to better present our contributions to student success?

Week Two: Advising practice and technology

Using perspectives gained by considering the Intentional use of Technology model, how can the model help advisors identify strengths and limitations of their use of technology in their delivery of advising?

Week Three: Perspectives on the use of technology in advising

Using the NACADA Concept of Advising, consider two perspectives on the use of technology in advising ("push-pull" and "flipped advising").

Week Four: Being an advocate for use of technology on your campus

Using perspectives gained in this tutorial, comment on an article urging ways to improve student success that includes considerations for advising and technology adoption. Your response will also take into account critical views on the use of educational technology, as advanced by Audrey Watters (2016), in her article, "The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release."

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.


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


2023 Offerings:

  • None Remaining

2024 Offerings:

  • TBD

Registrations close on the Wednesday before the start of each eTutorial session.

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