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Jaekel, Kathryn S.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Considering the evolving needs of non-traditional students and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become more critical to explore the use of technology in advising. This study aimed to explore the experiences of students who participated in virtual group advising and examined the dynamics of this virtual group setting related to student preparedness and engagement. Three themes that emerged during data analysis were a) increased feelings of academic preparedness, b) increased social interaction among peers during and after advising, and c) positive perceptions of using technology during advising. This study found that while virtual group advising may not be meant to replace the traditional individual advising setting, it has valuable components not attainable in the one-on-one environment. These components support student success, increase social interaction among peers, and make advising more convenient for many students. When implemented effectively, virtual group advising has the power to positively transform traditional advising practices.


76 pages




Northern Illinois University

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