Presentation Title: Making a Difference: The Power of Peer Mentorship

Presenter(s): Claire Bowling, Imani Singleton, and Samantha Warriner, School of Information

Abstract: The peer mentorship program at San Jose State University provides MLIS graduate students a practical experience in teaching and learning in a fully online environment. Peer mentors engage with collaborative technologies, apply learning theories in a real-world context, design instructional videos, deliver live web conference sessions, partner with a faculty instructor, grade and provide feedback on assignments in the Canvas learning management system, and meet the informational and social-emotional needs of newcomers to the program. Peer mentors also develop and hone professional leadership and communication skills which will be vital to their future careers. In this presentation, three peer mentors discuss how the peer mentorship enhanced their professional growth in areas including instructional design, liaising with teaching faculty, academic coaching, public-speaking, designing a synchronous presentation, and providing meaningful advice and referrals empowering student success. Information about how to apply for a peer mentorship will be included at the end of the presentation.

Link to Recorded Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ95vd2-FOo 

6 thoughts on “(2023) Making a Difference: The Power of Peer Mentorship

  1. Claire Bowling

    More information about the peer mentor program and application process: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14LiKGPHkxlEP7rNUmjfxM9aMH–Qb3bnwN8rlL4dztA/edit?usp=sharing

  2. Claire Bowling

    Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-bowling/

    – Claire Bowling

  3. Bethany Winslow

    Great job on your presentation! It’s a very comprehensive overview of the project. Thank you for having been peer mentors, and also for articulating its value to you professionally.

    • Claire Bowling

      Thank you so much, Bethany! I am grateful for the peer mentor experience which helped me develop as a professional and connect with two excellent collaborators, Imani and Sam!

    • Claire Bowling

      Thank you so much, Bethany! I am grateful for the peer mentor experience which helped me develop as a professional and connect with two excellent collaborators, Imani and Sam!

    • Imani Singleton

      Thank you, Bethany! I appreciate your support of this project from the start.

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