Peer Advisor Training FAQs

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Peer Advisor Training

Beginning in 2018, college and departmental peer advisors will go through a modified training process as a result of changes recommended by a recent audit performed by Audit and Management Advisory Services (AMAS).  The new training model realigns peer advisor training to meet the needs of the many units across campus that employ peer advisors and creates a more accessible format for training. As such, a workgroup was established and has been developing a modular model to accomplish training goals in a comprehensive way. 

  • What does the “modular approach” look like?
  • The modular approach breaks down learning sections in topical categories assembled within Canvas and primarily delivered through electronic mechanisms.  Generally, the training program consists of:
    1. Campus Compliance
    2. Role and Scope of the Academic Peer Advisor
    3. Supporting UC Davis Students
    4. Campus Resources
    5. Advising Tools
    6. Anatomy of an Undergraduate Degree at UC Davis
    7. In-person final training, scheduled for September 14, 2018 (agenda forthcoming, will include a revisit and application of some of the above content, relational topics, and roleplay/scenario examinations)     

    New peer advisors will complete modules 1-7 independently with central monitoring available to help promote reasonable progress.     

    A unit-specific element is advised as part of this training process, to be determined by and to occur within your unit (up to six hours of shadowing recommended).  This element will not be tracked or recorded via Canvas.  Note that any post-employment unit training would be considered regular working hours and would need to be compensated as such.     

    Module 7 will be the culminating day-long in-person session to tie together ideas, engage in relational aspects of peer advising, and apply concepts learned through previous modules.
  • What is the incentive for students to complete the training?
  • Every peer advisor who completes modules 1-7 (in full) will receive a $300 stipend from the Office of the Provost.  No exceptions will be made.  Please make sure every peer advisor is aware, in advance of hiring, that the September 14 in-person training is mandatory in order to receive the stipend compensation. 
  • Is this program for new peers or returning peers?
  • This is a program intended for new peer advisors only.  Returning peers can still have access to the training materials via Canvas; however, the stipend only applies to new peers.
  • How do I get access to these new modules as a peer supervisor?
  • Peer advisor supervisors will be assigned “TA” roles in Canvas; new peer advisors will be assigned “student” roles.  In order to get all users set up properly, complete the access request form via Qualtrics.
  • What if my peer advisor is not available for the September 14 in-person training?
  • Peer advisors who cannot complete the in-person session will not be eligible for the stipend.  We recommend they still engage in the independent module training (modules 1-6) with some form of follow up within your unit to gain relational and interactive experience. 
  • What is the timeline?
  • We will be initializing the training modules on May 1, 2018.  Peer advisor supervisors will need to provide information via the access request form in order to activate accesses for new peers and themselves within Canvas.  Plan to address further details with your college advising director or their designee.
  • What changes should I expect in my role as a peer advisor supervisor?
  • Your college advising director or their designee will be your key contact about best practices and expectations with regard to your supervisory role.
  • Is there someone in my college who is a primary contact for this new process?
  • The college advising directors or their designees will serve as the primary point of contact for questions or concerns that arise as this new process is implemented. 
  • Who, exactly, is my contact?
  • Contact your college advising director or their designee:

         + Biological Academic Success Center: Maria Saldana-Seibert
         + College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Jemi OkoloHonora Knapp
         + College of Engineering: David Spight
         + College of Letter and Science: Brighid O’Halloran