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Join us on this course to explore how mentors can support and develop the work of teachers in schools. The course aims to support mentors working with teachers by offering them strategies and tools for their work with teachers as well as examples of effective mentorship approaches leading to more effective, happier, and successful teachers. The course offers a framework for mentors of all experience levels to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.

The course is relevant to all kinds of mentors, coaches, or tutors working at school or university level. However, the focus is primarily on mentoring of colleagues within a school. Particular references are also made to the mentoring of beginning teachers, helping them to find their place in the school and classroom.

As a course participant you will develop:

  • An understanding of the role of a mentor
  • An understanding of the needs and specificities of working with beginning teachers
  • An understanding of the types of strategies and tools that are available to support mentors and how to effectively use theme
  • Capacity to hold effective collaborative conversations with their mentees
  • Capacity to effectively prepare, run and follow-up lesson observations


As part of the course, you will prepare a review and planning document designed to support your work with your mentee(s) after finishing the course.

To get the most out of the course, you can participate and share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #MentoringMOOC.

List of modules

Course Introduction

Start date: 07/06/2019 12:00

End date: 30/10/2029 23:59

Module 1: The role of the mentor

Start date: 23/09/2019 12:00

End date: 30/10/2029 23:59

Module 2: Mentoring through Collaborative Conversations

Start date: 30/09/2019 12:00

End date: 30/10/2029 23:59

Module 3: Effective lesson observations for mentoring

Start date: 07/10/2019 12:00

End date: 30/10/2029 23:59

Module 4: Online mentoring and the use of video in mentoring

Start date: 14/10/2019 12:00

End date: 30/10/2029 23:59

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 23 September 2019


The course will run for 5,5 weeks, with a total number of 4 modules (one module per week) and 1,5 extra grace week at the end of the course. The workload estimated is 3-4 hours per week.

Target audience

The course is targeted at anybody interested in the mentoring of teachers. While examples will mostly be taken from in-school mentoring situations, the course content and activities are equally relevant to mentors from outside of school. It is not a requirement to be in an active mentoring situation although the main course activity is designed to support an active mentoring relationship.

Course Moderators

Anna Laghigna
Efi Saltidou