Members Adopt NCAN’s E-Learning Option

September 25, 2015

By MorraLee Keller, Director of Technical Assistance

If you build it, will they come?  NCAN spent much of 2015 working with members and content experts to build a suite of e-learning units that our member programs could use to help train new advisors.  The units are designed to provide a fundamental set of knowledge is several areas for those new to advising students and parents about the college processes.  NCAN’s e-learning units are being provided free to members this year as a result of the generous support of the Houston Endowment.  College access programs and community-based organizations providing college advising services can have their employees take the units to ensure they are up-to-date on knowledge from the field.  If you’re attending the NCAN National Conference in Orlando Sept. 28-30, you can stop by NCAN’s exhibit table to see a demo.

Come they did.  Since these elearning units were in place for training at the beginning of this academic year, NCAN has had several hundred people enroll in the online training.  With units that address cultural competence, standardized entrance exams, test prep strategies, the admissions process, the financial aid process, the FAFSA, verification, how’s and why’s of data tracking, and serving target populations such as homeless and foster youth, programs can choose from the menu for their advisors.  NCAN is encouraged by the numbers of advisors and units they are attempting. And they are learning from the best in the business, thanks to NCAN’s expert content providers who wrote the curriculum:

  • ACT
  • College Board
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
  • College Success Foundation
  • National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
  • ScholarshipsA-Z
  • uAspire
  • U.S. Department of Education
Learn they must.  The training units have pre- and post-test options that students much complete in addition to the tutorial section of each unit.  If a student scores 67% or higher on the post-test, they will be considered “proficient” in the unit and be issued a certificate of completion.  These certificates allow the advisors to submit verification of their completed training.  NCAN will begin to issue “badges” for units and modules completed in the online system.

More to come.  NCAN will continue to add units that address additional topics in access training.  Coming soon will be information for serving undocumented students and opportunity youth.  Current units will be updated annual as information changes.  Check out the modules available and learn how to register on the NCAN website.  

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