Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why was the Virtual Office for Mentoring and Coaching created?

The Virtual Office was developed in response to expressed needs from the graduate students in the Studies in Teaching and Learning concentration, Faculty of Education, who felt that the current large class sizes was not providing them with a quality student experience. They desired a closer working relationship with their instructors in a similar fashion as to the kind of learning that would take place a mentor/ mentee working relationship.

2. How were the four graduate student profiles identified for Phase 2 of the Virtual Office?

Over several semesters, a needs assessments survey was conducted at the beginning of a graduate course to better understand the teaching and learning desires and concerns for a wide variety of student’s in the M.Ed., MA and PhD programs. As a result, four profiles of the typical graduate student emerged from the data. Using this information, a representative from each these four profiles helped to create the content and exercises for the Young Adult Graduate Student, the International graduate Student; the Thesis Student; and Mature Adult Learner.

3. Should I use this Virtual Office if I’m actually looking for a face-to-face mentorship in real time?

One of the objectives of this self-directed Virtual Office for Coaching and Mentoring is to help you initiate the process and identify the skills needed to be successful in a mentor/ mentee relationship by working through the three phases. In doing so, you may find that you may not need to search out a mentor in real time. Should you decide to do so, your goals will most likely become more streamlined and focused in the search process.