In this activity, students from a single cohort undertaking practicum placements at geographically dispersed locations form online, peer-to-peer mentoring relationships in which they assist and support one another with the help of web-based social software tools. They undertake structured tasks requiring them to create weekly blog entries and voice recordings of critical incidents, and to invite comment on their responses and reactions from peers. Through their dialogue, they learn not only about the profession they are entering, but also about themselves as practitioners. By pooling expertise and tuning in to one another's experiences, they become active members of a community while simultaneously reflecting on and refining their own professional knowledge and skills in preparation for future employment. Although the activity was originally conceived of for use with student teachers, it can easily be adapted and applied to industry or field practicums for non-Education majors.
|Title of host publication||The plugged-in professor|
|Subtitle of host publication||Tips and techniques for teaching with social media|
|Editors||Sharmila P Ferris, Hilary A Wilder|
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|