RIS Student Mentors work with the LITS Research and Instructional Support team in the development, support and integration of instruction technology and research in student learning.
Along with receiving training in technology skills, RIS Student Mentors develop special knowledge of pedagogy and best teaching practices to allow them to serve as effective peer mentors to other students. The RIS Student Mentors program will provide a cadre of students with a broad range of technology expertise, deep peer mentoring skills, and the ability to successfully contribute to courses and projects in a flexible way.
Under the guidance of RIS professionals, Student Mentors may be assigned to work closely with specific classes to support course related research and technology needs. As needed, these assignments may continue either throughout an entire semester or for part of a semester (i.e. for one assignment or project). This role may include
- holding office hours for students;
- conducting technology workshops;
- advising students working in project groups;
- preparing research and technology tip sheets and other instructional aids; meeting with faculty;
- attending some class sessions.
Faculty interested in having a RIS Student Mentor work with a course to support research and technology needs should consult with their LITS Liaisons.
Under the guidance of RIS professionals, Student Mentors may also be assigned to take part in ongoing RIS work that provides learning opportunities, research help and technology support to multiple classes, campus projects, and library services. Examples of projects in which Student Mentors may participate include assisting RIS in:
- exploring and testing new research or multimedia software applications;
- leading student workshops on the use of technology or research practices;
- setting up special research or class labs;
- developing training aids for campus technology tools;
- preparing students with the technology knowledge and skills needed for internships;
- making use of various media to communicate to the campus about LITS supported research, technology and learning resources;
- providing assistance to students in using statistical data and LITS supported advanced mathematical or scientific software;
- providing outreach in residence halls and other sites beyond the LITS complex to provide mentoring on technology and research skills and to educate students on library services.