Academic Advising in a Virtual World

Organization: Academic Impressions

Venue: Omni Houston Hotel

Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 10, 2012 End Date/Time: Dec 12, 2012
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With the “high-touch, high-tech” mindset and 24-hour service expectations of today’s students, many advising programs are exploring how to offer quality advising to students at a distance. This conference provides an opportunity for you and your team to review best practices for integrating new technology into your advising program. We will also help you evaluate specific technology products and solutions with a wide range of costs and features, all to help you determine which might be best for your institution.

Starting with a basic framework for understanding how you improve online advising by using technology in an interactive and personalized way, the program quickly moves on to the specific steps involved in integrating new technology into your advising program. Our expert instructors will also showcase examples of institutions that are using innovative technologies to advise students in a virtual environment.

You will leave this event with an action plan that outlines steps to make your online advising more personalized, more interactive, and more impactful.


Following a “work and learn” institute format and drawing upon their vast experience in the field of online academic advising, our conference presenters will present information aimed at answering these questions:

  • How can you assess what you are currently doing and determine what is, or is not, effective?
  • How can your institution improve advising by better utilizing technology? 
  • What are best practices for implementing new technologies? 
  • What innovative practices are other institutions using for virtual advising? 
  • How do you coordinate it all and get started?

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

Before the main conference, join us for the optional virtual workshop, “Is Email Jeopardizing the Art of Advising?” in which our expert faculty will discuss how to provide quality, developmental advising through the medium of email.

After the main conference, join us for the optional workshop, “Stepping Up Your Advising Website and Student Portal,” designed to help you review, critique, and improve your advising website and student portal.

View the agenda and/or registration tab for additional details.


This program is ideal for institutional teams (online or on-ground) that are in the beginning or early stages of offering online advising, including:

  • Directors and assistant directors of advising 
  • Vice-presidents, Associate vice-presidents, provosts overseeing academic advising 
  • Professional or faculty advisors 
  • Center for teaching and learning professionals assisting with the use of technology for advising


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