The Academic Advising System in a Virtual University

  • María J. Martínez-Argüelles
  • Elisabet Ruiz-Dotras
  • Eva Rimbau-Gilabert
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 73)


The scarcity of studies on academic advising in virtual environments hinders the development of alternative models that can be compared in search for greater efficiency. As a contribution to fill this gap, this paper describes the online academic advising system in a virtual university. We describe the background of this system and its main elements: the advisor’s functions, the types of advisors (incorporation, beginning and continuation), the available tools for advisors, and the organisation of the advisorial activity both from the internal and the student’s point of view.


academic advising online education virtual university 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María J. Martínez-Argüelles
    • 1
  • Elisabet Ruiz-Dotras
    • 1
  • Eva Rimbau-Gilabert
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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