Higher education peer mentoring programme to promote student community building using Mobile Device Applications

Anna Bussu*, Sam Burton

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Abstract

An Italian peer mentoring programme was implemented by second-year undergraduate students (peer mentors) to support first year students (mentees). The scheme aimed to promote student community building and endorse active learning. Twenty mentors and 32 mentees were recruited. Data were extracted through the use of semi-structured questionnaires. For their mentoring, peer mentorsused Mobile Device Applications [MDA]. A qualitative content analysis was employed to evaluate students’ perceptions. The findings suggest that the use of MDA improved student academic experience generating a sense of community to facilitate students’ learning and social life. Students were satisfied with the adoption of MDA to foster active learning and community building between undergraduate students. Participants adopted MDA for promoting the peer mentoring scheme and planning events for mentees and to stay in touch throughout the peer mentoring programme. However, participants have highlighted criticisms and improvements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-71
Number of pages18
JournalGroupwork
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date24 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2023

Keywords

  • peer mentoring
  • community building
  • qualitative methodology
  • Mobile Device Applications,
  • active learning

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