What are eMentors?
eMentors are faculty that are passionate and enthusiastic about, and have expertise in, teaching with technology. They are charged with guiding, promoting, encouraging, and educating other faculty about how to effectively and efficiently use technology to enhance teaching and learning. While there is no prescribed way for eMentors to fulfill their role, some anticipated activities are leading training sessions for other faculty, making presentations about the use of technology in teaching, responding to phone or e-mail inquiries from other faculty and working one-on-one with faculty seeking assistance with a particular technology. This first cohort of eMentors was chosen from recommendations submitted by educational technology leaders from each campus and vetted with academic administrators to obtain consensus. These eMentors will serve for a one-year period and received $2,000 in professional development funds for their service.
In future years, selection will be guided by identifying the greatest opportunities for increasing and improving the use of technology among faculty, and then choosing the best candidates to address those opportunities. The eLearning Academic Council will likely serve as the steering committee for this program by selecting eMentors, assessing their activities, and by assessing the effectiveness of the program. Any member of the academic community may recommend prospective faculty eMentors. The criteria for accepting a recommendation is ultimately at the discretion of the eLearning Academic Council, but a successful candidate should possess:
- passion about teaching;
- an ability and willingness to communicate that enthusiasm; and an ability and willingness to promote, encourage, and educate other faculty.
We have begun a blog for eMentors to share thoughts and insights on eLearning with the larger university community: