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 their ASCILITE conference registration if the aims of their respective mentoring agreement have been achieved towards the end of the year.
- December – Call for expressions of interest
- Early February – Closing date for applications
- February – Successful applicants are contacted
- February – Mentor Agreements are signed
- November – End of year reports are due
- December – ASCILITE conference
2021 Application Forms
The Call for Expressions of Interest in the 2021 Community Mentoring Program is now open. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2021.
Michael Cowling is the CMP Chair and the main point of contact for the program. If you wish to know more about the Community Mentoring Program, please email Michael below.