E-advising Excellence: The New Frontier in Faculty Advising
Leora Waldner, Dayna McDaniel, and Murray Widener
MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7(40)
With online learning becoming so popular, little is addressed in terms of online faculty advising and addressing advising issues with students who do not live close to the school they attend. This article is unique in the sense that it starts off with a very real world scenario of a student who would not be able to meet on campus with their advisor, someone who is fighting overseas yet still trying to receive an education in their off time. We often do not focus on these types of scenarios which are actually very real and at the same time, very important.
E-advising, like we have read many times, is intended to supplement rather than take place of face-to-face advising. It is this article’s attempt to move away from traditional advising and embrace technology and the use of online instruction tools to increase sufficiency and better meet students’ needs. It goes beyond using just video conferencing but explains other ways to enhance advising by using instant messaging (if the student does not have a webcam) and a web application share (appshare) that allows advisers to reflect what is on their computer screen to the student so they are able to view the same material while chatting.
This resource is useful and interesting because it gives more ideas that the average article in terms of ideas to help making advising more universal and accessible. Not only does it offer certain programs to use (Skype, Google Talk Online, etc) it addresses ideas that many other articles have left out such as instant messaging and appshare. I feel that next to video conferencing, appshare is something that would be very beneficial to the student especially when looking at degree plans and what the student has left to do in order to graduate and meet all requirements.
The NETS standards that this article addresses are (2) Design and develop digital are learning experiences and assessments, (3) Model digital age work and learning and (5) Engage in professional growth and leadership. Using innovative ideas such as implementing video conferencing and all it has to offer is something that shows leadership and growth and also doing whatever needs to be done to meet the needs of all students and not just the students who are available on campus.