Mentoring Online Faculty: Minimal Interactions for Maximal Effect
Concurrent Session 5
This conversation will focus on strategies for mentoring online faculty that find the balance between strategic, just-in-time support and over-engagement that may distract faculty from focusing on supporting and facilitating student learning. The goal of the conversation will be to identify minimal techniques and communication patterns for effective faculty mentoring.
The presenter will describe the challenge of mentoring online faculty in a way that addresses the need to strategically support faculty without distracting them from focusing on supporting and facilitating student learning. Examples of a structure that proposes to manage this balance will be shared along with a tentative framework of considerations to guide the discussion. Key questions will then be posed to participants to guide the discussion:
What are the critical components of just-in-time mentoring support?
What are the potential issues of over-engagement that might distract faculty from their primary focus on effective teaching and student learning?
How do you find the ‘sweet spot’ of balance between these two?
What criteria, indicators and/or considerations should guide mentoring interactions?
What other considerations are relevant to this discussion?
Ideas generated during the discussion will be recorded and shared with participants. Participants will conclude the conversation by identifying the new ideas they have discovered that can be applied to their individual institutional contexts.