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ADN Online Advising Increases Student Access

Posted Sep. 22, 2011


ADN Online Advising Increases Student Access

The ADN program at the Kent State University Regional Academic Center implemented an online ADN Advising & Administration account on Blackboard Vista in April of 2011. Since that time they have seen tremendous response from their 130 Associate Degree in Nursing students.  This project has increased communication between the students and administration, students and advisors, and students and fellow classmates. Below is an account of their usage:

 3918 Total visits

347 hours 56 minutes 7 seconds of visit time

3813 visits to the discussion boards

465 visits to the calendar

153 visits to the web links

2442 opening of files

14466 opening of content folders

 That's 347 hours of advising through one website! 3918 student questions answered!

All at their convenience 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

        Anne Dalby, Academic Advisor and Bernadette Berger, BSN, RN were instrumental in designing the Blackboard account with the guidance of Bethany Derricott, MSN, RN. Ann Kavanaugh, MSN, RN and Jennifer Sayre, M.Ed., Enrollment Management and Student Services Advisor also contributed. The following is a list of processes that were improved with the online Advising & Administration program with the goal of having one common place for the students to get definitive answers about program-related questions specific to our location rather than relying on rumor or wondering which email on a particular subject is the most recent.

  • A recent project allowed students the ability to sign up for their clinical groups on a Friday night from the comfort of home.
  •  Group discussion boards allow students to communicate with each other on a topic.
  • The Admission packet was posted for newly admitted students to access and print out instead of mailing it- saving in postage and printing costs and allowing for reprinting in case "the dog eats it."
  •  The nursing tutor calendar for the semester was posted rather than just sent in an email that would get ignored or lost by students.
  • Students have accessed contact information, office hours, and frequently asked questions.
  •  Important announcements have been delivered as "pop-ups" to command student attention.
  • Advisors can instant message with multiple students.
  •  Students are invited to contribute content ideas and frequently asked questions. 

All ADN students are required to be on Vista multiple times each week for their nursing class content. We have a captive audience! And this captive audience has benefitted from the convenience of having access to important information at their fingertips.