Redesigned the Mentoring from March 2020
Mentorship is a partnership in which the mentor works towards the professional and personal development of the mentee.
What is e-mentoring?
E-mentoring is acceptance of traditional mentoring and realigning it with electronic media – like email, written messages on different digital platform, synchronous face to face, but virtual meeting. E-mentoring supported by technology fulfill the goals of traditional mentoring for the wellbeing of the students especially during the pandemic times. The advantage of e-mentoring can be the flexibility of communication, beyond the restraints of time and space borders
Broader Objectives use either mentees throughout, not students/children/ or students throughout
To develop a program for personalized mentoring for the wellbeing of the mentee.
To develop strategies or activities that can support the academic, psychological, and social development of the students,
To develop mechanisms that can support students to improve their ability to formulate plans for achieving their academic and career goals,
To provide guidance towards availability of resources for their academic progress.
To create a platform to foster a long-term, positive relationship with of mentor and mentee
To help the students develop or maintain positive attitudes towards and connections to the educational institution,
To promote positive beliefs and value systems in the mentee.
To promote a support system of group mentoring
To empower the mentees to take ownership of their learning process.
SXIE E-Mentoring program from March 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and colleges are under lockdown all over the world; teachers and students agree for the near future with the "new reality/normal of educational setup." Most schools/ colleges have implemented their backup learning plans and connected students and teachers through online platforms and tools.
In these unforeseen conditions, teachers, students, and parents had to adapt to this new environment for the educational process immediately. For adapting to a new teaching and learning environment, as an institution, it is necessary to provide support to students in all the three domains. The nurturing of these interwoven domains - cognitive, psychomotor, and affective have to be fostered. The University of Mumbai and UGC had instructed the institution to develop a mechanism for the holistic well-being of the students during this scenario. So in this context, SXIE, Mumbai is proposing a support mechanism program for student teachers through the 'E-mentoring program.'
Programs/ Activities under Mentoring
Individual Mentoring: Sessions between Mentor and Student
Each student is allotted one mentor for the academic year.
The mentor and the mentee can interact asynchronously on different e-modes as per the need and challenge. Individual guidance is given to each student to solve their issues related to academic and personal life. Guidance and advise can be provided by the mentor on concerns of academic and social wellbeing.
Group Mentoring: Sessions between peer mentees with the mentor.
Every month a scheduled meeting is organized and slotted in the timetable,
The peers in the mentoring group can provide support and advise to the mentee from their own experience
Common concerns in areas of academic and social wellbeing of the group can be handled as a group.
Synchronous and asynchronous interaction can be arranged
Stages for Implementing the Program
Develop a platform for support mechanism: For implementing this program, the students are divided into various groups under a faculty. The e-mentors can create an online platform (Google classroom or WhatsApp) and enroll the mentees in that group.
Data Collection of existing situation and challenges: Data can be collected of existing situations and challenges of the mentee. This data collection can be possible via various e-formats. It can be collected from the discussion in WhatsApp /Google classroom / Google form by the individual teacher. The data is also collected quantitatively and through an open-ended questionnaire via a standard format provided by the institute.
Develop an Action Plan: Mentor can develop an action plan based on the data and the broader dimensions of the program. Broader dimensions involved in the planning are as follows;
Support on Learning process: Analyze the student context and provide regular support for their learning process. This includes regular discussions or chats through the online platform.
Support on Teaching process: Analyze the student's socio-economic context and provide guidelines to prepare for virtual teaching during the internship practice lessons and other academic activities. It involves (a) pedagogical skills, (b) content skills, (c) design skills, (d) technological skills, (e) management and institutional skills, and (f) social and communication skills
Counselling Service: Encourage and motivate the students to participate in the counseling sessions provided by the professional counsellor of the Institute.
Learning Progress: Carefully analyses and collect the information about the student's progress report in internal assessment and plan discussion and action plan for improving their learning process and for overcoming various challenges.
Regular Meeting with students
Meet and / discuss with the individual student regularly via an online platform (synchronous /asynchronous mode)
Meet all the students in the mentoring group and provide suggestions during the official mentoring session
Fill up the details in the log report format provided by the Institute based on each group/individual mentoring program.
Submission of the data forms (Group and Individual) to the faculty coordinators. (via email)
Feedback: At the end of the academic year, the standard feedback sheet is distributed by the program coordinators in charge to analyze the overall effectiveness of the program.
Submission of Report: Final stage is that teachers have to submit the detailed report of the activity along with document sheets. Documents to be submitted include – Pre mentoring survey data (Qualitative /Quantitative), Action Plan, Meeting log report (if any), Snapshot of meetings, personal challenges, and suggestions for improving the mentoring program.