e-Learning and cMOOCs!!
Our mission statement says we'll "collect everything known about volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring" and share that in an effort to help more and better tutor/mentor programs grow in more places.
Educating our leaders, volunteers and donors !!
This is one of our primary challenges. While our Founder and CEO understands what the T/MC is trying to accomplish, this is not as clear to everyone else within the organization.
Thus, our education is intended to help our core supporters understand what the Tutor/Mentor Connection is doing, and who is helping us, and why this is important, so they can integrate this understanding into their own actions and leadership.
Much of the information on the network of web sites is intended to do this.
Since 2011 the number of ways people engage and learn from each other in on-line spaces has dramatically increased. However, I don't find evidence that people who are involved with urban youth, via organized non-school, tutoring, mentoring and/or learning programs, are keeping pace with these advancements. In this section of the Tutor/Mentor web library I point to cMOOCs (Massive Open On-line Courses, focused on Connectivity". In these two sets of articles on my site, I point to [cMOOCs and to ideas about Learning.
In this Connected Learning MOOC (CLMOOC) you can find a 2015 and a 2016 map, showing participants from around the US and the world, but very few from Chicago or other big cities.
I've been looking for volunteers who would take on the T/MC as a PhD or Intern project, and develop a curriculum, or write a book, that helps others better understand the T/MC. Such volunteers, partners and/or financial supporters, could help develop an on-going cMOOC strategy intended to grow the number of participants from among the more than 200 youth serving organizations operating in Chicago, Intermediary organizations, funders and business partners. Such a cMOOC could connect similar groups in other cities with each other, and with similar groups across cities.
We can present information in a few ways:
a) a progression of understanding of the problem - the left side bar of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site starts out with understanding the issues, then works through section that lead to collaboration, conference, volunteer recruitment, etc. Each section could be a class or a webinar
b) actions to take at specific times each year - the planning calendar of shows that at certain times each year we should be hosting events focused on what consumers are thinking about at that time of the year. This animation describes the quarterly events. We could be hosting webnars to help people and organizations incorporate these events into their strategies.
d) an aggregation of blogs by people who participate in on-line events, or who are leaders of exiting tutor/mentor orgs or funders. Here's a collection of blogs written by participants of a course organized by VCU. Here's a collection of Storify presentations, which serve as archives of Twitter chats hosted by VCU. Here's a Make Bank, with a collection of projects created by participants of the CLMOOC. Similar archives could be created by participants of a learning process that connects people involved in tutoring, mentoring, learning programs in Chicago and other cities.
If you are a graduate student who has skills in educational technology and instructional design — creating web-based training, writing instructional manuals, creating an instructional website or online course — and are looking to volunteer for an area organization) we would welcome your involvement and help in developing a web based curriculum for the Tutor/Mentor Connection.
One step toward that goal is the involvement of a growing number of interns who are using blogs to help people understand the Tutor/Mentor Connection. Find links to these at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com and view some at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com/profiles/blog/list
This is a much broader task, which we already have started to do with the information on our web sites, the conferences we hold in May and November, and the email newsletters and forums in which we participate in.
Role of Volunteers and Interns.
There are many ways that volunteers and interns can help with the work we are doing. The list at this link was posted by Loyola University for all of their students to browse and it has resulted in more than 10 interns contacting us in late 2009 and early 2010.
Business Plan for Earning Income through Wikis
There are a growing number of organizations hosting wikis and charging fees ranging from $30 to $100 per person. If we can build a business plan around sharing our ideas via wikis, what sort of revenue can we generate each year and can this cover the costs involved?