Each pair is required to develop a goal for their time in the program.  The important thing to remember when developing your goals is to make sure that they are broad enough goals that you can work on them throughout the extent of the program, but specific enough that you feel you are making progress as the weeks progress.

As instructional designers or instructional designers in training, you should have a solid understanding on what it takes to write a good lesson plan.  Writing your goals for this program is very similar to that in a lot of ways. Take a few minutes to review the steps below.

  1. Write a Goal Statement.  Think about what you want to achieve in the program in broad terms.
  2. Write Objectives. Break that big goal down into smaller sub-goals or learning objectives.
  3. Identify Activities. Plan how you want to achieve each of the sub-goals or learning objectives. Don’t drive yourself crazy with this part, you can just write down some ideas and refine them throughout the program. Having a list of items may help you and your partner decide on what to do together or talk about.
  4. Set Milestones.  Milestones or due dates may help you to keep making progress, especially for those of us who are task oriented. Again, don’t drive yourself nuts with these either. You can set a milestone of “mid-program” or “by the end of month 1”. As long as you are making progress towards your goal, milestones aren’t all that important, but they are helpful to have for some folks.
  5. Assess Yourself. Decide how you plan to assess your progress and whether you achieved your goals. It could be as simple as a check mark on a To Do List. We, instructional designers, do love our lists! It could also be a short blog post about the accomplishment so others in the program can support you.

Another important thing to remember about this exercise is that not having clear goals and a way to achieve them will result in a less than optimal experience in the program and may waste your time as well as the time of your partner. So take the time to develop a good goal for your pair and you will be well on your way to having a valuable experience in the program.


Take a moment to consider some of these ideas as you plan your goals and activities with your partner:

  • Enjoy a virtual lunch or coffee together
  • Read a book or professional article together
  • Research and discuss other university ID organizations/approaches
  • Show each other a virtual tour at work
  • Attend a professional development event together
  • Meet with other mentor/mentee pairs
  • Tour a university building/campus never visited before
  • Serve on a committee together
  • Attend/present at a conference together

Program Requirements

All ID2ID mentoring program participants are eligible for an EDUCAUSE digital badge upon successful and verified completion of the program requirements listed below.

Schedule meetings with your Buddy/Mentor/Mentee

Meeting with your partner regularly will greatly enhance your participation in this program. Establish a schedule that works best for both of you. We suggest you try to meet at least once each week.

Develop Your Goals

Each pair is required to develop a set of goals as part of participating in the program.  Ensure your goals are broad enough goals that you can work on them throughout the extent of the program, but specific enough that you feel you are making progress as the weeks progress. Go here for more information about goal development: https://www.id2id.org/participant-resources/

Attend at Least Two Professional Development Activities with your Buddy/Mentor/Mentee

Plan to attend/participate in at least two professional development activities with your buddy/mentor/mentee. Activities may include conference attendance, local professional development events, virtual events, participation in a MOOC, reading a book together, or having conversations with other program pairs. Consider professional development opportunities that make sense in relation to your goals.

Attend at Least Two ID2ID 30-Minute Webinars

The advisory committee will be hosting at least four professional development webinars focused on instructional design. More information about the dates and times will be provided when the program year begins. 

Complete the Formative and Summative Evaluations

You are required to complete two evaluations, one midpoint and one final, during the program. You can also provide feedback at any point during the program by sending an email to id2id@psu.edu.

Complete Two Reflections

Twice during the program, you will be required to submit a reflection about the progress you and your partner have made. This reflection should focus on successes, challenges, and strategies that you and your partner have addressed. These reflections will be submitted to the Advisory Committee for review but we also encourage you to post your reflections to our discussion Community using the “Reflections” category. A reflection prompt with more information about the reflections requirements will be provided when the program years begins.

Complete a Mini Capstone Project

Using ideas and materials you developed through this program, create an artifact you could submit or that you have submitted to a professional community and/or in your current  organization.

Qualifying submissions are limited to an article/blog post for a professional organization(e.g., EDUCAUSE Review, Transforming Higher Education, etc.), conference/webinar proposal and presentation (acceptance at conference is not required), or a tool that meets some type of association or organizational need. You will need to provide evidence of this by submitting a link to your article, a copy of your proposal and presentation, or other proof of your contribution to a community or association.

The submission must be accompanied by a short essay or video explaining how the artifact could be used or implemented. The details will be provided within the program.