What is Flipped Advising?
Flipped advising utilizes a pedagogical approach that emphasizes creating meaningful discussions and relationships during the advising session, while housing advising-related tasks in a learning management system. Research on effective advising emphasizes establishing advising as a teaching practice.
Advising as Teaching
Utilizing the learning management system is a way to increase efficiency for the advisor and increase engagement for the student. By housing degree requirements and documentation in the learning management system, the advising session can focus on more than prescriptive course requirements. Students can establish a consistent relationship with an advisor who cares about their progress. This relationship has a positive impact on student persistence .
Promotes Interaction and Collaboration
The learning management system has a variety of tools that promote collaboration and student engagement. Utilizing these tools allows students to make connections with peers and find resources available to them to get involved in study groups, student organizations, professional organizations, and more.
Increases Advisor Availability
Through flipped advising, the advisor is more present and accessible to the student. By including videos, announcements, discussions, web conferencing, and more, students can check in with their advisor and receive feedback and guidance throughout the semester.
Gathering Student Data
By including activities in the learning management system, an advisor can collect data and responses from students that will help guide the advising session. Some examples are –
- Short answer responses that explain concerns students are facing that semester.
- Quizzes that confirm students know the appropriate requirements.
- Assessments that help students identify skills, knowledge, and values.