Development e-mentoring for collaboration between AD practitioners and mentors

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Development e-mentoring for collaboration between AD practitioners and mentors

  1. 1. Developing e-mentoring for collaboration between ADpractitioners and mentors: Issues and challenges Najwa Norodien-Fataar Najwa Norodien-Fataar
  2. 2. Introduction How e-mentoring can promote engagement in learning among peer mentors? How e-mentoring can enhance the capacity of peer mentors to support mentees effectively?Why?To develop effective peer support programmes.To develop the educational and leadership capacity of peer mentorsTo overcome time and geographical barriers
  3. 3. Aims To provide educational and leadership training and support to senior students ( mentors) through online support via Blackboard To provide peer support to first year students through peer mentorship, face to face, Blackboard, social media, Facebook, BBM and MXit To improve first year students’ performance and reduce attrition rates in the first year To provide academic and social support to first year students
  4. 4. Issues peermentors will Time management   Note-takingassist with  Learning Styles  Exam preparation  Study Skills  Unfamiliar administrative issues  Balancing competing deadlines  Assignment writing  Information technology skills (ICTs)
  5. 5. How? Through online discussion support and engagement with AD lecturer via Blackboard 2 day training workshop Ongoing support Reflection process 100% engagement = Certificate of Participation
  6. 6. How do mentors benefit?  Leadership and capacity building of senior students  Sense of satisfaction  Self worth  Enjoyment in sharing expertise  Gaining new personal insights
  7. 7. Why peer support?  Research by McInnis, James and Hartley (2000). Heirdsfield, Walker and Walsh 2005  Peer mentors more effective during the first year transition  Assist in making social connections with new students  Sense of belonging, retention and skills development
  8. 8. Why e-mentoring? To overcome time and geographic barriers Out of classroom time- inside classroom time Geographic – link between Faculty and Fundani Social Presence awareness ( Garrison and Arbaugh 2007) Social presence give students the feeling of connecting and belonging to a community
  9. 9. BlackboardPERCEPTIONS POSSIBILITIES Repository –  Learning environment Students: perceived  Access to online as a place where you resources, internet, get notes  engagement, reflectio difficult to access, n, discussion, can’t logon  connection with Unfamiliar, formal lecturers, students Lecturers: deposit notes Only for lecturers
  10. 10. Nature of engagement AD Practitioner Lecturer in Mentees Department Mentors
  11. 11. Blended Learning Support Online Support Social Face2 Face Media, MXit, FB, BBM, Twitter
  12. 12. Thank you – any questions?

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