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A presentation to accompany my presentation at the EDEN 2008 conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal in June 2008.

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<ul><li> 1. mentor blog: using blogsto promote reflectivepractice SteveWheeler WendyLambert-Heggs University of Plymouth</li></ul> <p> 2. </p> <ul><li>connectstudents and mentors using blogs </li></ul> <ul><li>compareblogswith traditional mentoringmethods </li></ul> <ul><li>ascertainbenefitsofmentoringusing blogs </li></ul> <p>mentor blog project aims 3. Telemachus and Mentor In Greek mythology Odysseus of Ithaca went to fight in the Trojan War and entrusted the care of his son, Telemachus, to an older and wiser friend, Mentor.Telemachus and Mentor developed astrong relationshipbuilt on the foundations ofguidance and support .The word mentor has become synonymous with teacher, counsellor, coach, facilitator, motivator and friend. 4. Telematic Mentoring Geographical Distance Online reflective diary (shared between 2 people) 5. Mentoring 6. Mentoring 7. Mentoring is the guidance and support of one individual by another within apersonal relationshipdeveloped over aperiod of time . Mentors act as friendly adversaries who listen well, question skilfully and gently challenge assumptions. Successful mentoring relationships are built onmutual respectandtrust , where the mentor encourages the mentee to acceptresponsibilityfor their ownpersonal development .Source: http://www.maps-uk.info/telemachus_mentoring.html Mentoring 8. Reflective practice isa form of learning throughquestioningandfeedback . It forces us to question what it is that we know and how we come to know it.Reflective practice Source: http://www.ukcle.ac.uk/resources/reflection/what.html 9. Reflection and reasoning Claxton suggested that:"learning to learn, or the development of learning power, is getting better at knowing when, how and what to do when you don't know what to do" 10. Socrates and learning Socratic learning is based on the idea that human beings have faculties that can beawakenedthroughquestioning, exploration , andself-examination."Anamnesis" in Greek referred to the ability todraw onorrecollect , bring to mind,deeper resourceswithin the individual for use in daily life. 11. Reflection and diary keeping Literature has shown thatreflective diariesare useful tools in facilitating reflection andreflectivelearning. The very nature of diary writing itself requires the writer to think back on events that have taken place and provides opportunity for expression of personal thoughts.(Tang 2000) 12. Research Design We chose an experimental method 3 students and their mentors worked in conventional mode (control group) 3 students and their mentors worked in blog mode (experimental group) We examined the themes that emerged from their on line and paper based journals. 13. Results One f2f student preferred to communicate face to face with her mentor. She stated:the quality of contact is not at all effective in e-mails. Another f2f student found close proximity to her mentor a problem: She said:it is difficult to stay composed in such close proximity. 14. Results Six months into the project, one blog student and his mentor have so far failed to initiate a mentoring relationship, possibly due to unfamiliarity with the system, time limitations, or perhaps due to perceptions that the blog is more impersonal or removed from the face-to-face mentoring experience. 15. Results Two of the blog students changed the settings, look and feel of their blogs early on in their usage to reflect their individual preferences.One student has used the blog on a regular basis (weekly) with his mentor and said:I find the blog extremely useful. He said that he found one of the most valuable features was the ability to revisit his postings as a recorded archive. 16. Assessment and Learning Outcomes We have been looking at re-visiting the projects in your course and I created a mapping document showing which projects fulfil which learning outcomes. Was this helpful? How do you think the projects are going this year in Term One - I know we really only started them on structured projects in Term 2 last year - has the earlier start worked OK for the students do you think? Posted byXXXXXXXat01:10 1 comment Yes it is a useful way of trying to envisage what can be a very confusing series of connections. I keep think that the fact that some of our Project map to so many L.O.s in different modules is making things difficult. I feel there should be a 'dBs Law of Mapping' which states that if it is difficult to encompass or understand intuitively the way the mapping works then the course module(s) needs rewriting! Still that is what we are talking about doing now anyway. 25 January 2008 18:00 Example of a blog post with mentor response 17. Assessment and Learning Outcomes We have been looking at re-visiting the projects in your course and I created a mapping document showing which projects fulfil which learning outcomes. Was this helpful? How do you think the projects are going this year in Term One - I know we really only started them on structured projects in Term 2 last year - has the earlier start worked OK for the students do you think? Posted byXXXXXXXat01:10 1 comment Yes it is a useful way of trying to envisage what can be a very confusing series of connections. I keep think that the fact that some of our Project map to so many L.O.s in different modules is making things difficult. I feel there should be a 'dBs Law of Mapping' which states that if it is difficult to encompass or understand intuitively the way the mapping works then the course module(s) needs rewriting! Still that is what we are talking about doing now anyway. 25 January 2008 18:00 Example of a blog post with mentor response 18. One factor to be considered is that blog mentors need to be proactive in seeking out their students posts online, whilst face-to-face mentors must respond to their students reflections in the meetings. Results Overall, the distance group were more mixed in their responses to the use of blogs.Significantly, the majority of comments have been provided by the mentor and most posts by the student. 19. </p> <ul><li>Both methods of mentoring have advantages anddisadvantages </li></ul> <ul><li>Both appear to equally fulfil their aims within theirspecific contexts</li></ul> <ul><li>Blogging must be seen as non-threatening</li></ul> <ul><li>Blogging should not imposed upon students by lecturing staff</li></ul> <ul><li>Blogging should have a real pedagogical purpose</li></ul> <p>Conclusions 20. </p> <ul><li>Students should be given control over what is written and made accessible to their mentors</li></ul> <ul><li>The mentors responsibility is then to respond with appropriate comments of a supportive and instructive manner and in a timely fashion.</li></ul> <ul><li>Blogs are learning tools in their own right, and should not be seen as simply a way of providing information online </li></ul> <ul><li>Blogging can be used when there is no other method is available or possible </li></ul> <p>Conclusions 21. Future Research We intend to extend this project to a larger group of teacher trainees in the next academic yearWe also intend to extend this project to include blogging using mobile phones ( moblogging ) so that nomadic students (e.g. military, health care workers) can also participate in mentor blogging. Possible incorporation of micro blogging (e.g. Twitter) into the mentorial tool kit. 22. Future Research We intend to extend this project to a larger group of teacher trainees in the next academic yearWe also intend to extend this project to include blogging using mobile phones (moblogging) so that nomadic students (e.g. military, health care workers) can also participate in mentor blogging. Possible incorporation of micro blogging (e.g. Twitter) into the mentorial tool kit. 23. Future Research We intend to extend this project to a larger group of teacher trainees in the next academic yearWe also intend to extend this project to include blogging using mobile phones (moblogging) so that nomadic students (e.g. military, health care workers) can also participate in mentor blogging. Possible incorporation of micro blogging (e.g. Twitter) into the mentorial tool kit. 24. Future Research Reflecting on practice through photos using an image blog? Or through a video diary.? Reflecting on practice using audio archives a voice blog 25. www2.plymouth.ac.uk/distancelearning Questions?</p>