Mentoring and facilitation
|Learning and Teaching in Practice|
|Module 8: Personalised learning and diagnostic assessments|
|Personalised learning||Introduction | Mentoring and facilitation | Diagnostic assessment | Learning agreements | Summary|
The role of mentor
A mentor can be seen as a type of coach or guide who supports the learner at every stage.
An academic mentor supports learning through:
- advising and guiding the learner in relation to the subject matter; and
- helping the learner develop their metacognitive and learning skills.
An academic mentor is generally employed by the educational organisation.
A professional practice mentor supports learning through:
- advising and guiding the learner in relation to the workplace; and
- helping the learner become part of the wider community of professional practice.
A professional practice mentor is generally working in any professional workplace, not just an educational institution.
The role of facilitator
A facilitator supports learning through:
- Assisting the learner through the personalised learning process, including helping them to
- identify learning needs
- develop and negotiate a learning agreement
- maintain motivation and engagement with the learning process
- assist with resources
- maintain effective communication with other parties, such as mentors, assessors and the workplace.
A facilitator is generally formally employed by the organisation.