One of the things which kept me sane through two years of COVID-19 were activities of the professional bodies I belong to (and some I don't. An organisation which managed the pivot online well was ASCILITE (the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education). As well as attending a weekly ML-Sig (Mobile learning Special Interest Group), and presenting papers at two annual online conferences, I mentored an educator from another university in the CMP (ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program). Below is what we wrote in our report, presented at the 2021 conference.
I had mentored individual students and teams before, for startup projects. I had also given one off advice to colleagues (someone times solicited, sometimes not). But this was the first time I had a long term formal mentoring arrangement with a peer. After we were matched up I wondered why I was mentoring someone who had more experience in education than I had, and it turned into an equal exchange of ideas.
- Mentee: Furthering my academic career through publication
- Mentor: Decide if I have a future in academia
What We Did
- Managed to meet face to face over lunch once in early 2021, between lock-downs
- Met twice via Zoom.
- Email exchange each month or so.
- Once more by lunch in late 2021.
What We Found
Much in common, being experienced educators, not from an academic research background.
- Mentee: Goal accomplished, with paper submitted on the the flipped classroom to a journal. Got a new, higher paying, job.
- Mentor: Decided I have a future in academia.