Seminole State's eLearning Faculty Mentoring Program has changed! In an effort to make the program more open and inclusive to the entire College community, we have made several program revisions, most notably the elimination of the mentoring stipend. Participation in the program is still beneficial, however, and can be documented for professional development credit.
If you are like many faculty members, you probably already mentor your peers informally. Why not get credit for it?
Please read the program overview below. If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to do so! Mentors and mentees are needed, so please do not hesitate to sign up for either role.
- The eLearning Faculty Mentoring Program, as opposed to other faculty mentoring programs on campus, focuses on the development of Web-based and technology-enhanced courses and course materials. This includes online course development as well as the development of online or multimedia components for campus-based courses.
- Faculty members do not have to be teaching or developing online courses to participate in the program. There should, however, be a clear emphasis on the incorporation of technology into your specific course or course mode, as well as on the discussion of pedagogical issues and sharing strategies for teaching and learning at a distance.
Benefits of Participation
- Both mentors and mentees will receive professional development credit for participating in the program. Professional development hours earned through this program may account for up to 80 of the 180 hours required in a five-year period.
- Mentors will be recognized as a resource for their peers. They will have the opportunity to stretch and expand on their own skill sets as they share their ideas and teaching strategies with other faculty members.
- Mentees will be able to draw on their mentor's experiences, ask technical and pedagogical questions, and have someone there to help them on a one-on-one basis as they work through the course development or enhancement process.
- The eLearning Department will sponsor several faculty mentor roundtable discussions and brown-bag sessions throughout the term. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to network with their peers and share ideas and insights about important issues in education. (Time spent attending these sessions will count toward the 80 hours of professional development credit referenced above.)
- The amount of time spent mentoring or being mentored is for each pair of faculty members to determine. Ideally, each mentor/mentee couple will schedule meetings at regular intervals, such as once per week or once every other week.
- Mentors are required to attend one distance learning mentor meeting per term.
- Mentors and mentees are encouraged, but not required, to attend the informal roundtable discussions and brown-bag sessions on various topics related to distance learning and technology in education.
- Each eLearning mentor will be matched with a faculty member who has requested mentoring during the term.
- Mentors and mentees will be matched according to the information they provide on their sign-up forms (by gender, academic department, similarities in course design, etc.).
If you would like to be a mentor or mentee, please e-mail the eLearning Department to indicate your interest.
Please take the opportunity to participate in this program during the remainder of the term as well as in future terms. If you have any questions, please e-mail Wilma Hodges.