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TAFESA LEARNING TECHNOLOGY MENTORS PROGRAM

This program will involve :

A induction program delivering a series of professional development activities designed to increase Learning Technology Mentor (LTM) skills in the use of the following educational technologies:

1. Moodle
2. Centra
3. PodZone
4. Yammer
5. Mahara (eportfolios)
6. other tools and technologies as negotiated by the group

A semester long mentoring program where the LTMs will mentor teachers/teaching sections that will be identified by the LTM’s manager in consultation with Teaching and Learning managers (to ensure that the program is meeting the strategic directions of the Institute) Overall goals of the program include:

1. Embedding of technology in teaching and learning
2. Creation of a TAFE SA wide network of Learning Technology Mentors
3. Ongoing evaluation of the project undertaken via survey and focus group meetings.
4. A final report on the results and outcomes of the project.

Mentoring
Role of Mentors

The role of mentors will be to help increase the skills of around 4-6 teachers over a period of one semester, and assist them to develop and implement new methods of delivery . This will involve:

· Helping teachers to assess their own skills and skill needs
· Introducing teachers to TAFE SA's key elearning platforms
· Helping teachers choose the most appropriate methods for their students.
· Advising and supporting them in delivery.
· Assisting to report on project outcomes and evaluation.

The aim is that by the end of your mentoring period each of the teachers you are supporting will be using at least one new learning technology with one group of students, in a sustained and ongoing way, and that their students will have engaged successfully with the technology.
You will have the resources of the Teaching and Learning team to support you in your role, as well as being able to draw on each others’ skills and experiences.
You will be expected to create a personal mentoring space (Mahara? Blog? Other?) to record your mentoring journey and to collect evidence through images and /or recording to this site.

You will be expected to produce two case studies as evidence of your mentoring program to be shared across the institute as a model of embedding technology in teaching practice.
You will be required to survey your mentorees at the beginning and the end of the program so that we can evaluate the progress of the mentoring program and its outcomes.

Community of Practice:

Only part of your role in the project will be to impart new skills. Equally important are the ongoing relationships you create and the building of a community of practice so that the outcomes of the project are sustained, with teachers continuing to share new ideas, skills and resources.

Role of the Teaching and Learning Unit

· To plan and facilitate the workshops for Induction
· To assist LTMs in technical requirements and with other issues or difficulties
· To manage the LTM Project space
· To conduct fortnightly Centra sessions with the entire team (includes mentors and team.)
· To gather regular feedback from mentors, teachers, managers and report against Project milestones
· To conduct the evaluation of the project and deliver a final report