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Adopt-a-Mentor Program

Are you learning how to teach with technology through trial and error?

It is relatively easy to learn course management systems, but it is difficult to design and teach a fully-online course. Our Adopt-A-Mentor Program is the re-assuring way ahead to great teaching with technology.

Formal peer-to-peer mentoring is a powerful tool for the advancement of faculty who seek guidance, encouragement, and support in the often lone road to figuring out how to teach with technology, particularly in fully-online courses.

Complete the form to Adopt-A-Mentor and pay fees to get started!

What does the Adopt-a-Mentor Program provide?

  • Positive role models: By offering encouragement and support, the Mentors foster aspiration towards and information about best online teaching practices.
  • Offer guidance on 'how-to' questions on features and good uses of Etudes.
  • Provide a general overview of the design of your course and offer tips and suggestions for possible adjustments or enhancements.
  • Direction about how to explore and adopt alternative pathways to designing a course that engages students in the learning process.
  • Your mentors are your virtual colleagues. They log into your course weekly to check with you as to how you are doing and to advise and support you with online teaching challenges you may be facing, and to celebrate your successes with you.
  • Mentors are not your technical support. They are not teaching assistants nor graders. They are resourceful and will point you to good support and resources.
  • Mentors and Mentees communicate within Etudes course sites via private messaging (not email or phone) at times mutually agreed upon by both. There are no real meetings. The engagement ends at the end of the term.
  • Our mentors are certified Etudes trainers and veteran online instructors. You may have 'met' them in our online training or in the Users Group! They have completed our Cyber Teachers Institute or other advanced, graduate coursework in Online Teaching & Learning. They have taught with Etudes for several years. See mentor profiles.
  • Adopt a Mentor for one (1) course / term for US $500.

Payment Options

Step 1: Complete our form to Adopt-A-Mentor
Step 2: Pay Fees

If you prefer to pay by check, make check payable to "Etudes, Inc." and mail your payment to:

Marlene Wilkendorf
Etudes, Inc.
274 Redwood Shores PWKY #335
Redwood City, CA 94065


Requests for refunds (80% of fees) must be received by mail or fax no later than Friday, 5:00PM (Pacific Time), a week after to the official start of the mentoring term, as per your application. Download Refund Request Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Marlene Wilkendorf via email marlene<at>etudes.org, or phone (650) 504-8589.


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