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
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.
- 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.
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 the ASCILITE conference registration if the aims of their respective mentoring agreement have been achieved towards the end of the year.
CMP Information Session Webinar, 29 January 2018
A webinar for those interested in the 2018 Community Mentoring Program is scheduled for 29 January at 4pm ADST and you can join the session by clicking the following link at the scheduled start time:
Session login: https://au.bbcollab.com/guest
The 40 minute webinar aims to provide participants with an understanding of how the CMP works and how it can benefit both mentors and mentees. The session will be presented by Assoc. Prof. Helen Farley (Digital Life Lab, University of Southern Queensland) who is the current chair of the CMP. At the Digital Life Lab, Helen is leading the Australian government-funded, $4.4 million Making the Connection Project which is taking digital technologies into prisons to provide access to higher education. The project was recently awarded a prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching. Her research interests include digital equity, mobile learning and immersive virtual world environments. This is Helen’s second year leading the CMP.
A similar session for those interested in the 2017 CMP was conducted at this time last year and you can view the video recording of that session here.
- 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
2018 Application Forms & Closing Date
Complete the appropriate application form below and email it to the Secretariat by
19 January 2018 31 January 2018.
The CMP Chair, Helen Farley is the main point of contact for the program. If you wish to know more about the Community Mentoring Program, please email Helen and forward applications to the ASCILITE Secretariat.
Dr Helen Farley
Community Mentoring Program Chair
Associate Professor, Digital Life Lab
University of Southern Queensland