Proposal Title

The Understated Collaboration: Advising and Administration in Online Learning Environments

Track

Non-Research Proposal / About SoTL

Proposal Abstract

While much research has been generated emphasizing the necessity for the connection between teacher and learner for success in the online learning environment, the fields of advising and administration as key agents in this field remain largely unexplored. In this presentation, using Indiana University Online’s Bachelor of Applied Science as a model, we will discuss the roles that academic advising and administration play in contributing to learner success. Specifically, we will delineate and develop “best practices” in collaboration between/among students, advisors, and administrators in order to promote success in the online learning environment, whether the institution be large or small, public or private.

Proposal Description

As an advisor and an administrator of a multi-campus, state-wide Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at Indiana University, we assert that the collaboration of academic advisors and program administrators are generally underplayed, and often undervalued, in success models for online teaching and learning. In this interactive presentation, using Indiana University Online’s Bachelor of Applied Science as a model, we will discuss the roles that academic advising and administration play in contributing to learner success. As part of this discussion, we will model an online advising session and ask audience members to observe, analyze, and critique the interaction and connections. In addition, we will showcase ways in which administrators located remotely across the state work with each other and with academic advisors to provide the most beneficial environment for student learning and instruction. Using data garnered from several years of tracking of online students, we will focus discussion on ways in which the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning can pose research questions, develop research methodologies, and conduct studies in order to further the interplay between students, advisors, instructors, and administrators to provide the best online learning environment. Finally, with audience input, we will delineate preliminary “best practices,” whether for an institution that is small or large, public or private, as a jumping off point for future research endeavors.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 3

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Mar 29th, 10:00 AM Mar 29th, 10:45 AM

The Understated Collaboration: Advising and Administration in Online Learning Environments

Room 3

While much research has been generated emphasizing the necessity for the connection between teacher and learner for success in the online learning environment, the fields of advising and administration as key agents in this field remain largely unexplored. In this presentation, using Indiana University Online’s Bachelor of Applied Science as a model, we will discuss the roles that academic advising and administration play in contributing to learner success. Specifically, we will delineate and develop “best practices” in collaboration between/among students, advisors, and administrators in order to promote success in the online learning environment, whether the institution be large or small, public or private.