60 Minute Special: Innovative Advising Practices Using Technology NACADA Region 8 ConferenceMarch 19, 2012Niki Libarios, Denise Abara, Karen Wilson
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS)
Presentation Outline • Introduction and Welcome • Why is this Topic of Interest? • Rationale for Embracing & Utilizing Technology • Supportive Factors and Characteristics • OSAS Technological Practices • Future Directions • Challenges • Whats Happening On Your Campus
Why is this topic of interest? It is critical that advising offices utilize all means available to them to support students.
Why is this topic of interest? Face-to-face advising sessions are not always possible.
Rationale for Embracing and Utilizing Technology • Reduction of Advising Faculty• Limited budget• Space constraints….go paperless!!
Rationale for Embracing and Utilizing Technology • Allowing students to access information on-line • Allowing advisors to access student information on-line o Satellite advising o Evening & weekend advising • Fall 2012.....COE freshmen admission with mandatory advising.....projected increase of 700 students annually
Supportive Factors and Characteristics • Very supportive administration o For example: funding to support development of online advising modules • Change in office leadership and organizational structure • Recognition that we were at a turning point • Willingness to embrace technology • Development of a Technology and Distance Programs Support Unit in the College of Education
Current OSASTechnological Practices SIS (Student Information System) • Electronic student files • Linked with official student records (Banner) • Linked with online applications & graduation audits • Online accessibility with Virtual Private Network (VPN) • Live Demonstration of SIS
Current OSAS Technological PracticesOnline Advising Modules • To satisfy the Universitys mandatory advising requirement • To meet the needs of an anticipated 700 additional students to the College of Education • Assist students in selecting a major, understanding program requirements, and learning how to use registration and degree journey programs (online course planning) • Live Demonstration of Online Advising Modules
Current OSAS Technological Practices • Blackboard Collaborate (web conferencing advising) o Live Demonstration of BC • Second Life (virtual world advising) o Live Demonstration of SL
Current OSAS Technological Practices • OSAS Wiki • On-line Applications • Skype Advising • Google docs • COE Facebook and Twitter
Future OSAS Technological PracticesFuture Directions:• Pu‘uhonua - Hale for Native Hawaiian Student Support• On-line Appointment Scheduler• Touch Screen Dashboard• iPad 2• Live Chat
Challenges • Keeping up with technology • Separating work & home • Teaching user new technology• Technical issues• Security