1)  Student clicks. 2) Student & advisor have online advising session & mark up documents together on whiteboard. 3) Met with student? Check. Under 20 minutes? Check. No travel? Check.

101 Ways To Cafe: Online Advising Edition

As a continuation of the 101 Ways to Cafe blog series (see Part 1: 15 ways to use Solo Recordings & Part 2: Writing Center Edition), we bring you 22 ways your academic advising team can use Cranium Cafe.

31. Instant online advising sessions (see above image for steps)
32. Advisors can put their Cafe Cards on the advising webpage, like putting an office door online so off-campus students can knock on it
33. Each advisor can set their own “Cafe Hours” (during which students can schedule online advising appointments)
34. Each advisor can include areas of expertise on their Cafe Card bio
35. Students can schedule online advising appointments for later (during set Cafe Hours)
36. Advisors can work from alternate locations
37. Advisor can use Share Screen to show student how to navigate online processes like class registration
38. Student can save & replay an archived Cafe for review or later reference
39. Advisor can use Share Screen with student when using software like PowerCAMPUS or Colleague
40. Advisors can refer to archives for training purposes — e.g., an advisor handled extenuating circumstances particularly well
41. Student can pre-upload docs (e.g. transcripts) when scheduling appointment so advisor can review before meeting
42. Advisor can upload forms (e.g., “Major Declaration Form”) to discuss and fill out with student
43. Student & advisor can each download annotated/filled out documents after the meeting is done
44. Advisor can use solo recording with uploaded documents or using Share Screen to record steps/instructions (e.g., for online registration) and send video link to students
45. Students & advisors can foster relationships — students don’t just speak to whoever is on hand, they initiate meetings with their personal advisor
46. Student can engage advisor with Cafe Chat for quick questions
47. Advisor can read student’s body language as if in person — look for cues of understanding
48. In addition to online advising appointments, advisor can also use the Cafe scheduler to schedule in-office and/or phone appointments
49. If school uses Canvas, advisor can create a course, enroll all his/her advisees as “observers,” (unless advisor wants the students to interact with each other via Cafe, in which case they’d all be enrolled as “students” instead), and enable Cranium Cafe within the course. This option is ideal if advisor doesn’t want to be reached via webpage — this way the advisor can be reached only through the Canvas course.
50. Because Cranium Cafe is FERPA compliant, advisor & student can discuss personal information (e.g. the student’s grades) during online advising sessions
51. Advisors can use analytics to run reports, e.g., number of online advising appointments, appointment time duration, etc.
52. Advisors can use Cranium Cafe for department meetings with advisors on satellite campuses

Have more ideas? We want to hear!

Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown

Director of Academic Outreach at Cranium Cafe
I'm a higher ed geek and I can usually be found tweeting/blogging/chatting/pondering somewhere about it. Other things I think are awesome: Ender's Game, RadioLab, Game of Thrones, and I have a weird brain crush on the Canvas Network and their interdisciplinary MOOCs. It's just... SO COOL.
Leslie Brown
About the author: Leslie Brown
I'm a higher ed geek and I can usually be found tweeting/blogging/chatting/pondering somewhere about it. Other things I think are awesome: Ender's Game, RadioLab, Game of Thrones, and I have a weird brain crush on the Canvas Network and their interdisciplinary MOOCs. It's just... SO COOL.