Appreciative Advising Online Course

Welcome to the Appreciative Advising Online Course through Florida Atlantic University’s Office of Appreciative Education. We are so glad you are joining us!

Online Course Offerings

Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
January 29 – March 11
Registration Deadline
January 10, 2024


May 6 – June 17
Registration Deadline
April 17, 2024


September 9 – October 21
Registration Deadline
August 21, 2024

FALL 2024


Online Course Cost and Registration Instructions:

$495 for one person Appreciative Advising Online Course registration only or $695 for one person Appreciative Advising Online Course registration plus Certified Appreciative Adviser application bundle package. (The bundle package provides a discount when these two offerings are purchased together. Click here to learn about Becoming A Certified Appreciative Adviser .)

IMPORTANT: If you are an institutional contact responsible for registering four (4) or more participants from your institution, please contact Smita Patel at, Katherine McSweeney at and the Office of Appreciative Education ( for group registration instructions.

Course Description & Syllabus:

Appreciative Advising is a constructivist way of thinking that provides a theoretical infrastructure and practical framework for advisors to optimize their interaction with students and colleagues in individual and group settings. Appreciative Advising’s six phase model provides fluid nonlinear scaffold for advisors to “intentionally use positive, active, and attentive listening and questioning strategies to build trust and rapport with students (disarm); uncover students’ strengths and skills (discover); encourage and be inspired by students’ dreams (dream); co-construct action plans with students to make their goals a reality (design); support students as they carry out their plans (deliver); and challenge both themselves and the students to do and become even better (don’t settle)” (Appreciative Advising Whitepaper, 2008). The Appreciative Advising Course will provide a comprehensive overview of all six phases, as well as specific skills and techniques needed to implement the Appreciative Advising framework. Course community members will have the opportunity to learn the theoretical foundations and practical applications. Participants will watch a video(s), read assigned readings, and respond to discussion board posts each week. Participants will submit their final project idea mid-way through the course and complete their final project at the end of the course. On average, participants spend approximately 2-3 hours per week, and in total, spend an average of 12-15 hours on the course.

Required Textbook:

Bloom, J. L., Hutson, B. L., & He, Y. (2008). The appreciative advising revolution. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing.

You may purchase the book either through or through Stipes Publishing, LLC Contact:
Jeannine Robinson at (phone) (217) 356-8391, (fax) 217 356-5753, or (email)