Collaborative Project: The Pivoter
This links to my work collaborating with other educators to support The Pivoter website with job aids for new mentors. This was a project where Ann Lopez solicited help in Teaching: A Path to L&D for developing resources for mentors working with The Pivoter.
Purpose: To support new mentors in working with The Pivoter
Audience: New mentors for the Pivot looking for resources on how to get started with mentoring
Responsibilities: Unofficial Project Management, Instructional Design, Editing, Consensus Building, Research and work with SME
Learning Theory Considered: Knowles 4 Principles of Andragogy
Project Model Used: Action-mapping, ADDIE
Tools Used: Canva, Flipsnack, collaboration on Google Docs
Date Completed: January 2022
See the Team's work on The Pivoter website
Project Information/My Role
My Role: I took on the role of unofficial project manager in creating a lot of the initial organization, as I held the initial conversation with the client. I made an action plan based on client needs. Other contributors were coming together as I developed the goals and outline. I acted as the initial project manager, greeting new contributors and introducing the project scope and goals to them with outlining the project plan. Several contributors decided this project did not fit their goals and left. Leelavathy Balakrishnan and I were there together from the beginning, and we supported each other in framing the goals of the project. We worked on the project from end to end and owned the project.
I also worked with the SME by drafting questions after researching and incorporating that information into the different topics produced by myself and the team. In designing, small digestible sub-guides were determined to be the correct strategy and approved by the client, Ann Lopez.
The Team: In the end, the three of us that came together for the project were Lindsay Wallace, Leelavathy Balakrishnan, and myself. Together, we fleshed out the outline as a group, though I would say I was lead editor whereas Leelavathy was crucial in asking questions to build additional sections and determine what was important information. Leelavathy and I both contributed a lot of initial research, and Lindsay contributed some crucial research later in the process as well as the broad overview for the infographic. We each worked on individual components but interacted frequently to check and cross-reference the full materials. After this, I did the final review and compiled them onto a Canva website, per the request of the client.
For development, we were limited to free tools so everyone had access so Canva and Flipsnack were chosen as the options. Additionally, I made 2 Flipsnack created micro-guides ("Introduction to Mentoring" and "Enforcing Boundaries and Avoiding Burnout") and helped compile the resources together to send to the client. This was unpaid work but a good opportunity to work with others on a project with for a real world use. It was a good exercise in working together, agreeing on tool, task, design elements, and scope.
Resources are cited at The Pivoter website by individual contributors on materials.