The web-accessible literature about
distance education and e-counseling is voluminous. Here is
a small sample:
NACADA - The National ACademic ADvising Association provides
a clearinghouse of resources on advising. The NACADA web site
includes full-text articles such as:
Student Populations: Distance Learners A profile
of the characteristics and requirements of distance education students.
Delivery Modes: Managing Electronic Communication computer
communications from the counselor's viewpoint. Includes information
on counseling applications of Frequently Asked Questions, email,
and templates that can simplify replying to student messages.
Administrative Issues: NACADA Standards for Advising
Distance Students standards for academic advising in a distance
For a complete index see: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Clearinghouse/Advising_Issues/index.htm
An article elsewhere on the NACADA web site, entitled "Advising
Distance Learners," may be of special interest. See: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Clearinghouse/Advising_Issues/adv_distance.htm.
The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal -
The Mentor, a free electronic publication about academic advising
in higher education, is published by the Center for Excellence in
Academic Advising at Penn State. The web site includes a searchable
archive. See: http://www.psu.edu/dus/mentor.
Distance Education at a Glance - Published by the College
of Engineering at the University of Idaho, this is actually an online
booklet of 13 chapters filled with practical information and advice
about distance education. Checklists; lists of do's and don'ts;
delineations of advantages and disadvantages; and a repeated admonition
to focus on student needs, and not on the technology, are all rewarding. Some
of the technical material is dated. See: http://www.uidaho.edu/eo/distglan.html