Collaborative Community Mentoring Program (C2MP): addressing the changing demands of a professional community of learners through engaging digital networks

Reushle, Shirley (2011) Collaborative Community Mentoring Program (C2MP): addressing the changing demands of a professional community of learners through engaging digital networks. In: ASCILITE 2011: 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Changing Demands, Changing Directions, 4-7 Dec 2011, Hobart, Australia.

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The notion of mentoring is ancient. The original mentor was described by Homer as the 'wise and trusted counsellor' who Odysseus left in charge of his household during his travels. In modern times, the concept of mentoring has found application in virtually every forum of learning. Greater use of communication technologies has provided significant opportunities for relationships to form and grow in digital environments and with the ease of linking dispersed individuals and groups using these technologies, opportunities for interaction and collaboration are extensive. This paper investigates the concept of collaborative mentoring in digital environments and explores strategies and technological tools for supporting and developing shared meaning and conducting rational discourse. The ascilite pilot Collaborative Community Mentoring Program (C²MP) is provided as an example. An early attempt at building a model for collaborative mentoring in digital environments is explored using an adaptation of a three-element Community of Practice framework, progress of the pilot mentoring program is reported and a process for evaluating the pilot is outlined.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Copyright © 2011 Shirley E. Reushle. The author(s) assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite web site and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 00:10
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentoring; digital; interaction; collaboration; Collaborative Community Mentoring Program; evaluation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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