CONNECTED: Peer Mentoring for Online Instruction
CONNECTED: A Peer Mentoring Program for Online Instruction provides University of Arizona faculty an opportunity to engage with colleagues across campus who share a passion for online teaching and learning. An offering of the Office of Digital Learning, this facilitated mentoring program is designed to help faculty grow professionally by focusing on common areas of interest within the field of online teaching and learning.
CONNECTED participants are matched into partnerships based on shared interests and goals. While they will receive regular prompts from the program facilitator throughout the program, partners work together to set and achieve their own specific professional development goals for the academic year. CONNECTED pairs will present at a culminating event at the end of the Spring semester.
Eligibility: Any University of Arizona faculty member who has taught - or is going to teach - one or more fully online courses.
Participant Commitment: Participation in CONNECTED requires an academic-year (9-month) commitment. During the 2018-2019 academic year, participants are expected to:
Attend the Kickoff Event.
Connect with your partner for at least two hours per month via phone, online, and/or face-to-face meetings, and develop a supportive relationship based on mutual respect and trust.
Set a professional development goal for the year, such as to grow a skill, work on a project, research a common interest, pilot a technology or methodology, etc.
Reflect on your experience in a journal, log or another form that will be shared with the program head twice during the academic year.
Post at least two reflections to a collaborative platform that the program facilitator will introduce during the kick-off session.
Attend two or more online teaching professional development activities per year from a list of suggested activities provided by the program.
Present at the Year-End Event.
Complete a program feedback survey.
Applications: CONNECTED applications must be submitted online by Sept. 17, 2018. Apply Now!
Acceptance: Accepted applicants will be notified Sept. 24, 2018. Please note: not all applicants will be accepted due to pairing logistics and the scale of the program at this time.
Learn More: If you have questions about the program, contact ODL Digital Fellow Ashley Jordan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sept. 17 - Application Deadline
- Sept. 24 - Acceptance Notification
- Oct. 1 - Kickoff Event
- Nov. 6-7 - IT Summit
- Jan. 28 - Midpoint Event
- April 24 - Year-End Event and Presentations