Week 7 Resources

  1. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/05/09/ncaa-academic-rules-frustrate-advisers-athletes#.T6qjUtaC-ak.twitter
    1. This resource is useful because the blogger talks specifically about issues when advising student athletes. She talks about things to look for and what problems you might encounter. It is a good blog to read before you get into the midst of things so you know the underlying problems you might have to deal with. The NETS standard that this addresses is #1 facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. Ultimately being an advisor is doing what is best for the student and leading them in the right direction. You need to be ready for anything they might need and support them as well.
  2. http://dus.psu.edu/mentor/
    1. This is an online journal filled with scholarly articles related to academic advising. There is also a forum available for current advisors to share their thoughts on current topics and issues. This is a great site for current advisors from all over the country to stay connected and on top of what is going on in this realm of the education system. The NETS standard that this addresses is #5 engaging in professional growth and leadership. Advisors are able to participate in global learning communities to explore different applications to similar problems they maybe having. Not only are they able to look up scholarly information, they are able to collaborate with other professionals as well.
  3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/12976695105/
    1. This facebook page is part of NACADA’s attempt to help academic advisors “understand the impact that technologies such as web, e-mail, degree audits, online registration, and student information systems have on academic advising as well as using technology effectively in their work and appreciate the appropriate uses of technology in higher education. The NETS standard that this engages with is #3 modeling digital age work and learning. Advisors are using technology and social networking in order to better prepare for their career and learn as much as possible from others in the same position.
  4. http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2011/10/31/7-Ways-to-Streamline-Student-Services.aspx?Page=3
    1. This is an article focused on the broader application of student services and addresses ways that universities can streamline their student services. It mentions using technology to streamline areas such as parking, student refunds, and student ID cards. All different ways of using technology to better a university in other ways besides in the classroom.  By using these ideas to streamline your university and the services it provides the students you would be complying with the NETS standard  #3 model digital age work and learning. You are demonstrating the use of technology systems, as well as modeling effective use of current and emerging digital tools to help better facilitate accessibility and use.
  5. http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/academics/resources/eligibility
    1. The National Collegiate Athletic Association sets the standards and rules for student athletes in division I, II, III. This is useful for advisors specifically working in services for student athletes having to coincide with NCAA rules for compliance and eligibility. This is something very helpful since this is something unique to students who participate in athletics. Along with school rules, they must follow these as well. This goes along with the NETS standard #4 promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. By being on top of the rules and regulations that your student athletes will have to abide by, you are showing initiative and responsibility in promoting ethical and legal behavior in the workplace.

      http://www.potsdam.edu/support/syep/upload/advisingathletes.pdf

    1. This is a simply layout of 15 tips on advising student athletes. It is organized and to the point and is helpful because it is put together by actual athletic advisors themselves from general student body advisors and athletes as well.  It covers possible encounters one might have such as minority groups, first generation students attending college, and staying within the NCAA guidelines. The NETS standard that applies to this list is #3 model digital age work and learning. Collaborating with peer advisors and colleagues about tips and tricks to advising student athletes is an important part of learning and staying current with rules and what seems to work and not work.
  1. http://www.oit.edu/faculty-staff/academic-advising-handbook/how-to-be-a-good-academic-advisor
    1. Oregon Tech has a section of their website listing advice on how to be a good advisor. Although some of the things are very basic, I feel that this would be a good list to overview before each school year or right before a new advisor started their job. It covers areas from schooling to relationships and gives you a sense of just about everything you could possibly encounter. This site addresses NETS standard #5 engage in professional growth and leadership. Refreshing ones knowledge and renewal of the profession shows growth and leadership to the community.
  2. http://nacada.ksu.edu/Clearinghouse/AdvisingIssues/Become-Advisor.htm
    1. This article from the NACADA (The National Academic Advising Association) goes over a long, long list about what to expect as well as how to remain organized and on top of the game when advising many students for many different majors and needs. The NETS standard this addresses is again #5 engaging in professional growth and leadership. It’s important to stay on top of current changes and issues within the NCAA and university as well as know the ins and outs of the university like the back of your hand.
  3. http://new.dixie.edu/advisement/File/Advising%20the%20Student-Athlete.pdf
    1. This is a very short and to the point presentation on advising NCAA accredited student athletes. It goes over certain things one might encounter and how the university rules might differ from NCAA rules for student athletes who must comply with both in order to be eligible to compete. Although it is specific to a university on semesters instead of quarters, the information is relevant to schools such as Western Oregon. I think this is especially beneficial to advisors who have no been student athletes themselves or gone through the all the rules and regulations set by the NCAA. The NETS standard this applies to is #5 engage in professional growth and leadership. This is a place for advisors just beginning their career to get a sense of what to expect and what requirements student athletes have that the general student body does not. Anytime one is obtaining more and more knowledge about their career or area of study, they are growing professionally and showing initiative.

      10. http://www.academic360.com/adminis/listings.cfm?DiscID=58

  1. This is a website showcasing different organizations and associations specifically for academic advising. It Includes organizations such as AACRAO (American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers) and NACA (National Association for College Admissions Counseling).  It coincides with NETS standard # 5 engage in professional growth and leadership. It offers making links to journals, organizations and information that allows one to enhance their skills while working in student services.
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Internet and Advising (Article #2)

A Web-based Decision Support Tool for Academic Advising

Tony Feghali, Imad Zbib and Sophia Hallal

Educational Technology & Society

2011

 With technology and online learning taking off in the higher education world, it is important that student services and academic advising keep up with these changes and adaptations. Advising is an important part of the student’s relationship with the university and adding  technology to this process aims to handle repetitive tasks therefore leaving the student and advisor to dedicate more time to planning his/her academic future. “The purpose of this study was to evaluate the current advising process at the Olayan School of Business, introduce and evaluate the effectiveness of an easy-to-read web-based decision support tool that elevates the student (advisee) and professor (advisor) relationship from a prescriptive one to a more engaging one, and to assess the web usability of such a tool”, (Feghali, Zbib & Hallal, 2011).

 The Online Advisor includes aspects such as creating academic schedules term to term and year to year, organizing graduation requirements, classes, degree checklists, credits completed and still needed, grades for each course, etc. It is unique in the sense that students are able to select possible courses and see where they fit or where they count in their degree evaluation before enrolling in the class.

 The Online Advisor was used in a test group of both students and advisors to get opinions on how technology could help with advising. Surveys were administered to assess how both students and faculty felt about the system. Overall both parties favored the addition on the Online Advisor to the advising process. Overall a high majority of participants felt that the Online Advisor was effective, efficient, and useful. Their attitudes were positive, 75% of students and faculty rated the Online Advisor as extremely useful and helpful.

 The aim of this program is not to replace one-on-one advising, but to be used for basic tasks so that the one on one time spent between the student and advisor can be more productive in terms of counseling, mapping out their education, career advising, etc. Wanting to get into this side of education, this would be extremely use and beneficial. Technology can be used in to let students take a certain amount of responsibility for their plan and develop problem solving skills. As the use of technology becomes more and more prevalent, students won’t have to meet with their advisor and waste time asking simple questions and dealing with “busy work”. This is interesting to me because with the use of technology we can actually enhance our in person interactions with students and be more efficient in the process.

 The NETS standards that this incorporates are (2) design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments for teachers/advisors as well as (3) research and information fluency and (6) technology operations and concepts for students.  Not only does it help advisors be more available and effect, it also gives students a chance to work out their questions on their own first and operate different levels of technology and internet systems. Overall a very beneficial and helpful program for both sides.