Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Community Mentoring Program

The ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program seeks to involve participants in a professional mentoring relationship built between learners (the mentees) and experienced practitioners (the mentors). Whilst the new learners may be experienced in some areas of educational technologies, the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program is a vehicle for enhancement of specific knowledge, skills or capacities in an area of developing expertise. This arrangement is formalised through a Mentoring Agreement.

We define mentoring as collaboration between ASCILITE members for the purpose of achieving an agreed goal through dialogue, action and reflection. The focus of these collaborations can be across a number of areas which can include:

  • Academic practice
  • Early career research
  • Teaching innovations
  • Learning design
  • Graphic design
  • Programming

The Community Mentoring Program offers two partnering alternatives:

  • For a mentee to work individually with a mentor on a project
  • For several mentees to work collaboratively with a pair of mentors on projects related to a negotiated overall theme.

Mentoring partners

  • agree on a common goal or goals that are achievable over six months
  • agree to regular contact, at least once per month for six months
  • formally participate in an evaluation of the program which may be disseminated through conferences/journal articles
  • report back on the outcomes of their projects
  • if possible, participate in a Community Mentoring Program Symposium at the annual ASCILITE Conference.

The benefits of participation in the Program include:

  • expansion of skills, knowledge and experience in a chosen field;
  • development of communication and leadership skills;
  • opportunity for networking and to create contacts outside of the individual’s own workplace;
  • enhancement of confidence to actively participate in the ascilite community.

Application Process

After the ASCILITE yearly conference, Expressions of Interest are invited from ASCILITE members who wish to be a mentee or a mentor. This is a competitive process and successful mentees are matched with mentors who have expertise in applicable areas. Both mentees and mentors are eligible for a 50% discount on their ASCILITE conference registration if the aims of their respective mentoring agreement have been achieved towards the end of the year.


Timeline Estimates

  • December – Call for expressions of interest
  • February – Successful applicants are contacted
  • February – Mentor Agreements are signed
  • November – End of year reports are due
  • December – ASCILITE conference

2020 Application Forms & Closing Date

The Call for Expressions of Interest in the 2020 Community Mentoring Program will open in December 2019 with applications due in early February.  Exact dates will be announced in December.

2020 Mentee Application Form (Word format)
2020 Mentor Application Form (Word format)


Further Information

The CMP Chair, Michael Cowling is the main point of contact for the program. If you wish to know more about the Community Mentoring Program, please email Michael below and forward applications to the ASCILITE Secretariat.

Associate Professor Michael A. Cowling BIT(Hons) GCHE MBA PhD
Collaborative Research & Engagement Around Technology & Education (The CREATE Lab)
School of Engineering & Technology | Tertiary Education Division
CQUniversity Australia

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