Inaugural Class of Peer Mentors: Training on Saturday, April 13, 2013
Congratulations to the student mentors, instructors who piloted first-year experience courses, and our entire campus community. Beginning in the fall, all first-year students at UW Oshkosh will have a Peer Mentor assigned to them through a learning community course (Quest I).
A special thanks to the many people who will facilitate learning during the Peer Mentor training on Saturday, led by the collaborative work of Tracy Slagter (Political Science and USP First-Year Experience Director) and Debbie Gray Patton (Dean of Students Office and USP First-Year Experience Assistant Director).
What's the difference between a tutor and a peer mentor?
A Tutor… A Peer Mentor…
focuses on assignments focuses on building a relationship
demonstrates skills demonstrates effective behavior
must be knowledgeable must be trustworthy
provides information provides support
is seen as an expert is seen as a peer
affects performance in a course affects overall success
Adapted from Marni Sanft, Michael Jensen, & Eldon McMurray (2008).
Peer Mentor Companion. New York: Wadsworth, p.6.
When can Peer Mentors and Quest I Instructors meet?
April 19, 2013, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Titan Underground
The Quest I teaching community will have the opportunity to meet peer mentors for conversation in an informal setting.
Explore Instructors' Gathering
April 10, 2013, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Reeve 306
Final spring opportunity for instructors who have not yet attended a USP professional development session.