Penn State's eLion unveils enhanced menu for advisers

A new and improved Advisers menu was recently unveiled on eLion for advisers at Penn State. All advisers have access to the newly redesigned eLion menu and are encouraged to try its many updated features, including a more user-centered interface and better visual layout. The new Advisers menu, which mirrors enhancements made to the Student menu last October, now includes the capability to search features and functions and mark them as favorites. Advisers will also have a new way of accessing the advising rosters with an added ability to smoothly move between student records.

“Advisers often use their eLion accounts to show students how to accomplish academic functions, so having an Advising view that mirrors the Student’s perspective provides an important teaching tool,” said Janet Schulenberg, senior undergraduate studies adviser for the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). “The more attractive interface and intuitive navigation will help advisers use eLion to facilitate a seamless advising experience for students as they move through the University.”

DUS and the eLion Academic Advising Franchise were each instrumental in guiding the University-wide effort to improve the advising function, working collaboratively to shape the interface to meet current advisers’ needs.

DUS provides academic advising expertise for students, advisers, administrators and offices across the University. It also manages Penn State’s academic advising network, and enrolls more than 7,400 undergraduate students across the system.

Similar to the Student menu initiative, the Advising menu redesign was a collaborative effort among organizations from across the University, including the Shields Resources Student Advisory Board, student focus groups, members of the eLion Governance and Operations teams as well as development teams made up of the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of the Bursar, the Office of Student Aid, the Division of Undergraduate Studies and Administrative Information Services.

ELion is a Web-based service for students, advisers, faculty and parents that provides secure, real-time access to academic and financial records in the University’s administrative database. Additional menu functions within eLion (such as Parent, Former Students and Faculty menu) will be converted to the new and improved interface in the near future.

For comments and feedback regarding eLion, contact elionfeedback@psu.edu.

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Last Updated May 08, 2013