Advisor, monitor, counselor, tutor. A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.


  • The mentor will develop a supportive relationship with his/her mentee and share information about his/her own successes, failures, career choices and life experiences, as appropriate.
  • Mentors are expected to have a minimum of 8 years working experience in the Instructional Design or related field.
  • Two hours a month working as a mentor/mentee pair, e.g., video conference, lunch meeting, e-mails, telephone conversations, etc.
  • Two professional development activities per duration of the program where you attend in-person or virtually with your mentee. The program will provide a list of suggested activities, e.g. Educause ELI events, topic-specific webinars
  • Two professional development 30-minutes series events that are hosted by the Advisory Committee.
  • Two reflections that will be posted to a collaborative platform that the Advisory Committee will introduce during the kick-off session.
  • Each pair begins by designing a set of goals for both the mentor and the mentee which they both agree upon.


  1. Establish an ongoing relationship with your mentee based on mutual respect and trust, and provide constructive feedback that could include new ideas, practices, and strategies.
  2. Commit to regular contact (email, phone, online, and/or face-to-face) with your mentee, making sure to be on time and prepared.
  3. Practice confidentiality when working with your mentee.
  4. Share (early) experiences, communicate the challenges and lessons learned regarding instructional and learning design.
  5. Allow your mentee to observe/review your instructional and learning design projects.
  6. Invest time to help your mentee learn, grow, and develop as an instructional and learning designer.
  7. Reflect on your experience as a mentor in a journal, log or other form that will be shared with your committee member twice during the length of the program.
  8. Complete an end-of-semester survey and a mentor/mentee feedback activity on your mentor/mentee experience.

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