The Art of Advising online course introduces practical tools, strategies, and approaches for staff whose primary responsibility is advising. Adapted from the existing synchronous Art of Advising, the online course offers you the opportunity to complete the course according to your own schedule. Content and activities focus on effective practices aligned with Indicator of Program Quality #7 (IPQ7), which addresses the equitable delivery of advising and support services to help students identify and make progress towards educational and career goals. While this offering is geared towards staff who are new to the advisor role, it can also benefit experienced advisors looking to refresh their skills and knowledge. 

How this course will be offered: 

  • This is an online course.
  • There are no synchronous ("real-time") meetings as part of this course.
  • The course will be open for five weeks: from 11/6/2023 to 12/8/2023.
  • The course registrar, Jane Brandt, will send you the link for the course, but you won't be able to access it until it opens on November 6th, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.- you can then access it at your convenience. 
  • You will be required to complete Modules 1–4 by the course halfway point: November 22nd, 2023. Otherwise, the course is self-paced. 
  • We expect it to take most people approximately 10–12 hours to complete the course requirements. Others may want to devote additional time to reviewing the supplemental resources.

    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Staff who are new to the advisor role
  • Experienced advisors seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills

In this self-paced, moderated course, you will engage with advising topics and build your skills by watching videos, reviewing resources, completing activities, and writing answers to discussion prompts. Your written responses will also be an opportunity to connect with peers through the moderated discussion forum.

The Art of Advising is presented in eight modules: 

  • Module 1: Framing the Advising Role
  • Module 2: Grounding Ourselves in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Module 3: Career Awareness: Self-exploration 
  • Module 4: Career Awareness: Exploration 
  • Module 5: Career Awareness: Education and Career Planning
  • Module 6: Advisor Skill Building: Advising Styles and Building a Network of Support
  • Module 7: Maximizing Your Impact
  • Module 8: Pulling It All Together

To earn the Certificate of Completion, you must:

  • Complete all the activities in the Activity Guide.
  • Post to the the discussion forum for all eight modules.
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the responsibilities of the education and career advisor
  • Consider factors such as student caseload, advisor FTE, and persistence data in designing an advising program
  • Identify effective practices aligned with Indicator of Program Quality #7 and select resources that can be used to implement them
  • Describe the key components of Education and Career Planning and select tools that you can use to implement them
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
11/06/2023 - 9:00 am
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Advising & Student Support Services
Topic Area
Career Pathways
Education and Career Planning