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Friday, June 24 • 10:00 - 10:50
CON11.08 - Discipline specific mentoring to enhance student success

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The Biology Mentorship Program is a partnership between faculty members, student leaders and student affairs professionals. The idea was initiated by a Biology faculty member who wanted to utilize upper year students to support first year biology students in their academic transition to the discipline. The faculty member recognized the power of peer-to-peer support and wanted to harness it in innovative ways.

The upper year students provide academic support through different methods such as bi-weekly study groups, exam review workshops and moderating a Facebook group with more than 1222 group members.

  • Participants will appraise the value of a peer to peer discipline specific mentoring program for their own courses or institution

  • Participants will learn how to effectively use Facebook to promote and enhance classroom learning with the support of upper year student leaders

  • Participants will explore how peer to peer support and social media can be harnessed at your own institution

  • Participants will be able to assist in developing student leaders/volunteer training that will help the volunteers to grow personally, academically and professionally

Please bring a laptop or tablet because we will be conducting an interactive Facebook activity as part of the session.

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Leslie Gloor Duncan

Leslie Gloor Duncan is the Associate Director of Transition, Leadership and Enrichment Programs at Western University. She works with a variety of student programs that assist new students at Western and provides more than 350 leadership opportunities for upper year students through... Read More →
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Tom Haffie

Western University
Professor Tom Haffie is primarily dedicated to scholarship and practice in higher education. He has been most significantly influenced by ideas at the intersection of complexity science and education. Such approaches see the instructor and students as diverse nodes of an interconnected... Read More →

Friday June 24, 2016 10:00 - 10:50 EDT
UCC 61

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