TiTo peer mentoring model

Reference

Chester, A., Burton, L., Xenos, S., Elgar, K., & Denny, B. (2013). Transition in, Transition out: a sustainable model to engage first year students in learning. A Practice Report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.5204/intjfyhe.v4i2.174

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Research question

How to design a sustainable and scalable peer mentoring system for OERu?

Summary

University campus-based study investigating the effect of academic performance of 1st year students transitioning into univeristy study, mentored by 3rd year students.

n = 231 1st year face-to-face students

Method

Experimental design comparing results of 1st year course in which mentoring took place compared with previous course with similar assessment but no tutorial-based mentoring.

Key findings

  1. Higher percentage of students achieved grades over 60% (about half) when compared with group who didn't receive mentoring
  2. Strong majority (70%) enjoyed the mentoring and perceived it to positively influence their academic work (59%) 3 Later year students, some who had only just past the course can provide provide a quality mentoring experience for first year students.

Citation

The evidence presented in this Practice Report suggests that TiTo can provide a scalable solution to the provision of mentoring for all first year students, even in large cohorts. p129

Evaluation

Well designed study providing supporting evidence of improved academic performance of 1st year students after introduction of mentoring tutorials from senior students. However, the study notes the challenges of identifying sufffient mentor volunteers and notes the value of providing short orientations for new mentors. Limitations: Study conducted at campus-based university and will need consider how the model can be refined for the OERu online environment. Credibility: Reputable source from double-blind peer review journal.