Launch – Introduction Workshop

Posted on September 21, 2008 by admin
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The first Aboriginal Mentoring Program (AMP) for the NSW Government was launched with a 2 day workshop held at UTS Broadway Campus on September 18 & 19 2008. Twenty six potential mentors and mentees gathered to meet each other and begin their mentoring relationship. Here’s a short video of which captures the spirit of the workshop.

The video uses music from Interactive Ochre and I hope captures much of the energy and excitment of participants in the program and shows the huge amount of goodwill each has contributed.

Like many face-to-face programs the two day workshop began with introductions and a group exercise identifying expectations for both the workshop and the program overall. Many opportunities for participants to interact and get to know each other were included, especially on Day 1 as at its close mentees were asked to nominate their preferred mentor. Facilitators Bernadette Harris and Paul Newman then  worked together to match mentors with mentees, trying wherever possible to offer mentees their preferred mentor.

Content covered during the workshop included the following topics:

On the morning of Day 2 mentee/ mentor pairings were announced and time was provided for pairs to briefly speak together. After this all participants relocated to the technology classroom for thier first experience of the  online Moodle envirnment that would be the backbone of their program for then next 6 months. A series of activities were designed to facilitate participant’s exploration of the site and to build capability and confidence using the Moodle environment, key Web 2.0 technologies to be used e.g. Voicethread, Exabis ePortfolio and the Flexible Learning Toolbox Interactive Ochre.

The workshop provided the  opportunity for mentoring pairs to hold their first meeting face to face and work through their expectations and begin to identify some groundrules for their mentoring relationship. Here is a brief video of some of the meetings.

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