Widening Peer Mentoring Among Postgraduate Tutors Using a Wiki Environment
0052 ALTC 2009 Jessie Paterson, Sara Parvis, Jason Wardley
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Review of a project using Wikis supporting post-graduate teaching students through their course:
- All groups used the wiki differently ie reflection, information sharing, asking questions of mentors (when does this assignment need to be in?!)
- Initially scaffolding was provided but this didn't seem to be what students wanted to in next semester project just offered a blank page.
- All students used the wiki but use dropped off after the first year
- Very little use was made of the technical support on offer
- Most useful for tutorial groups that were largest
- New students felt particularly supported by the mentors through the wiki
- Students felt more "recognised and valued"
- Students liked producing a 'product' that future students would be able to use
- Little evidence of reflecting on own tutoring in this public space
What was it about the induction process that helped people use the technology so effectively? Being in a supportive environment that allowed for experimentation and risk taking/ mistakes. Also used 'socialisation' activities ie getting students to initially blog what they had for breakfast
If wiki mentors were paid for an hour a week is that what they did? Did they tend to do more or less? This was very variable. Mentors were certainly strongly encouraged not to do more that an hour - clear boundaries was very important in ensuring effective support.
11:20 on 8 September 2009