ASCILITE community mentoring program: Empowering members through cross-institutional partnering.

Geraldine Lefoe, Helen Carter, Mike Keppell, Mike Fardon, Craig Zimitat

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    Abstract

    The executive of ASCILITE introduced a mentoring program in 2003 to facilitate the sharing of the skills and knowledge of the ASCILITE membership, particularly in the areas that would enhance learning through technology. The program also recognised the expertise of the professional membership of ASCILITE by inviting them to act as mentors in the program. These were often long term members with some former members of the Executive. The program is unique as it recognises that mentoring is beneficial to both less experienced professionals in the field as well as experienced educational technologists who are making career changes within their institution and across institutions. The program focussed on the achievement of one identified goal within a specified period. The evaluation of the pilot program indicated that participants found the program beneficial particularly in the exchange of ideas, dialogue and communication that occurred. In addition the evaluation by the mentorsmentees and the organising committee suggested a number of recommendations to improve the program. These included: setting an achievable goal, identifying agreed outcomes and roles, developing a timeline, scheduling regular meetings, and planning to attend the annual conference. These recommendations are currently being implemented in the second year of the program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBeyond the Comfort Zone. 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education.
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherASCILITE
    Pages540-546
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)0975170236
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education. - Perth, WA. Australia, Australia
    Duration: 05 Dec 200408 Dec 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education.
    CountryAustralia
    Period05/12/0408/12/04

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