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
  • 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 closed on 1 February 2021.  The call for EOIs in the 2022 will be published in December 2021.

2021 Mentee Application Form (Word format)
2021 Mentor Application Form (Word format)

CMP Information Session webinar

An information session webinar was conducted on 27 January 2021 for those interested in learning more about the Community Mentoring Program. The session was presented by 2020 CMP members and chaired by the CMP coordinators Associate Professor Michael Cowling and Dr Kwong Nui Sim and the 45 min video recording is available below.

Further Information

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.

Associate Professor Michael A. Cowling BIT(Hons) GCHE MBA PhD
CQUniversity Australia

Institutional Members