It's still early days with Vygo at the Coventry University Group, and there are still many areas where staff and students could benefit from a new peer mentoring programme.
If you have an idea for a programme and it's not already in the current list of programmes in Vygo, here's how to set it up in 5 steps:
What you'll need
Assign a programme manager
Every new programme requires a programme manager. This person is responsible for the recruitment, training of and being a general contact for their student mentors.
Resources and support is available from the Coventry knowledge base (coming soon) so you know exactly what to cover. Training can usually be undertaken in 1 – 1.5 hours.
The programme manager will also have the responsibility of occasionally (we recommend at least once a month) connecting as a group with their mentors to gather feedback and check in that everything is ok.
Download the Peer Mentoring Programme Set Up Form – this will help you to establish the aim and purpose of your new programme
If you require extra support at this stage, please contact the DMLL to facilitate a ‘Design Jam’to help you come up with the perfect programme for your students.
Recruit mentors – this can be done through a simple MS Form sent to a target group of students (for example 2nd/3rd students mentors may be more suitable for introductory programmes directed at 1st Year student mentees). The form can ask questions like ‘why do you want to become a Peer Mentor?’ ‘what skills and or experience do you have that could support another peer?’
Mentor Training – All mentors should attend a mandatory training session which covers topics such as ‘what is a mentor, what to expect, safeguarding & mental health awareness, signposting and how to use the Vygo platform. Training can be delivered in collaboration with the Health and Wellbeing team
Send the completed table across to your local Associate Dean of Student Experience for check and approval and then on to the Vygo Partner Success Manager who will then take the details and start to set up the programme on the Vygo platform
A list of the mentor's email addresses will need to be sent to our Partner Success Manager at Vygo along with the approved table. This way they know exactly who to approve as a mentor and has successfully attended the mandatory mentor training.
Vygo Partner Success Manager will confirm testing programme/site is live for you to check over before launch
Contact the mentors and give them the go ahead to start creating their profile
Programme is published
Communication of the new programme to be sent to target mentee students (a post of the Aula course feed or announcement on your faculty social media are great ways to promote your programme)
If you're not sure who to get in touch with about your new programme or need help with a design jam/workshop to plan your programme, fill in the form on the right and a member of the DMLL team will get back to you.