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Creating a culture of online learning and mentoring

Creating a culture of online learning and mentoring

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Recently, the school I work at advertised for an online learning and mentoring coordinator. I think this is a really proactive step - but it raises an interesting problem. This school is a middle sized high school (about 750 students) located in Western Sydney. Computer access on site is quite high - (about 1 machine for 2 students) and access at home is equally high (more than 90% of students have computers with internet access at home). It is a day school, so the online learning component would obviously be in addition to normal face to to face teaching - perhaps supplemental or maybe after school hours. My questions are these: 1. How would this coordinator go about creating an online learning culture? What tools or strategies would you recommend for using this? How would the coordinator establish a 'critical mass' of participating students? 2. What would online mentoring look like, as opposed to online learning? What advice would you give to set this up?

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