Peer Mentoring Workshop


On Friday, Oct 3 from 10-11 a.m., in SS217, the Teaching + Learning Committee and the University of Calgary Peer Mentoring Network are cohosting a workshop on Peer Mentoring. It will be facilitated by Lisa Stowe (Communication and Culture).

Instructors who are unaware of the peer mentoring program often ask, “what’s a peer mentor and how can one help me in my course?” Peer mentors are highly engaged students who want to return to a course they enjoyed and serve with an instructor they respect. Peer mentors are not TAs. Instead, they are embedded in courses, where they inspire and draw students into a social, interactive process of learning. They offer peer-led, course-relevant learning activities that are challenging, collaborative, engaging and holistically connect students’ social environment with their academic development. They help Instructors fulfill course objectives by creating an engaged and active learning environment. In addition to the ‘practicum’ component, peer mentors also complete for academic credit Communication and Culture (CMCL) 507, designed to teach them about higher education learning theories.

This workshop will present an overview of the peer mentoring program. Participants will then work collaboratively in small groups with former host instructors and peer mentors to integrate peer mentoring activities with their own course objectives. Please bring a copy of your course outline and assignment guidelines from any class in which you might consider embedding a peer mentor.

Here are two readings, both written by Tania Smith, our colleague in Communication and Culture. One defines various peer mentoring programs and the other is a case study of the department’s own program.

  • These are cross-disciplinary workshops that will directly affect your course designs and delivery. Each one have an immediate and concrete impact on your teaching in every department and discipline in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Registration is required. Most will have pre-workshop questions or even exercises for registrants to complete or consider before attending.
  • Materials and resources will be available — normally here on this website — for those who want to follow up with them, and for those unable to attend.
  • A new feature for 2014-15 is formal recognition of those who attend three or more workshops in an academic year, or who present in any workshop. A letter from the Faculty of Arts will testify to your professional development in merit, promotion and tenure applications.
  • For more information, leave a comment below or e-mail Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning).

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