How can ProMe strengthen mentoring and coaching in organisations?

UC Leuven Limburg, one of the partners of the ProMe project held a Community of Practice around Mentoring, Coaching, Intervision, team coaching, etc…  called “Coaching & Co”.  The event took place on 24th March in Leuven as a place for all teachers, researches and managers in the organization to learn from and with each other around Mentoring and Coaching.  The idea is to develop this network further and take and further develop Mentoring and Coaching practice towards students but also towards staff as part of management practice.

As a University College in the business of ‘learning’, mentoring and coaching practices are important levers for learning.  The University envisages the use of the ProMe platform to strengthen the mentoring and coaching practice in several ways:

  • It could be the ‘online platform’ to support the activities of our Community of Practice (currently use Yammer to support ‘Coaching & Co’ on line)
  • It could be a powerful tool to coach our students during their internship
  • It could be a way for interns to find (outside the school) mentoring assistance from experienced professionals
  • It could be a way for starting teachers to find (within our outside) mentoring form other more experienced teachers
  • It could be a way to keep retired teachers as mentors involved with teacher training

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Community of Practice at UC Leuven Limburg – 24th March 2016

To develop coaching and mentoring practice at the University College Leuven a Kick-off event “Coaching & Co” was held on 24th March in Leuven. The University College Leuven, one of the ProMe project partners, is developing a mentoring and coaching programme and used this event to develop further practice and engage with teachers, researches and managers.

During the day the following took place:

  • Participants were asked to reflect up front on what experience or issues around mentoring and coaching they would like to share with others or get peer coaching on
  • At the start of the event the participants were asked to choose a ‘picture’ from a wall that resonated with them and then sit with others around that picture, start to share and foremost start to connect.
  • Next step was a ‘speed dating’ exercise where colleagues could meet others and learn from each other how their coaching or mentoring practice looked like
  • Following that participants engaged in an intervision session where people got peer coaching on issues they encounter during their coaching or mentoring work, with students or with employees
  • After having an experience with group coaching people were offered a real experience with one on one coaching using the GROW methodology (with a tool that is also part of the ProMe Toolbox)
  • From these experiences participants were engaged in a brainstorm on how this community of practice could and should evolve further.
  • At the end of the day an ‘internal market’ was created where people could request help from colleagues or where they could offer to share something. A few examples: who wants to start an intervision group, I did research on coaching and am willing to share the results in a workshop, etc…

The next step is to continue to share tools and information in the network and a number of people came forward to design the next network activity in the fall.  Also some participants are taking smaller initiatives linked to what was launched during this Network kick-off.

This is the first step in creating connection between people and their experience which will allow us to develop our mentoring and coaching practice further and part of that further development could be the implementation on the online ProMe platform to support our mentoring and coaching activities.

You can view a slide show of pictures from the event below:

ProMe exhibits at AgeCamp 2016

On Monday 4th April 2016 ProMe exhibited at AgeCamp 2016 in Halifax, United Kingdom.

The event was held to discuss issues about working with and supporting older people.  Workshops and seminars were held to problem solve, launch new ideas, get support for projects, forge collaborations and test products.

Andrew Kent from Inventya gave a short presentation about the ProMe project and showcase the platform to the 50 delegates in attendance.  The platform was well received with delegates expressing an interested in participating in the users trials which will be held towards the end of 2016.

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End user testing starts in the Netherlands

The National Foundation for the Elderly, in the Netherlands, recently hosted an end user testing session for the ProMe platform. Four couples participated providing feedback about the platform and its functionalities.

The youngest mentee was 18 years old and the oldest mentor was 65 years old. Participants tested the platform and provided positive comments about the benefits it will have for users.  They also provided feedback on how the navigation of the site could be improved.

End user testing will continue into the New Year.  If you would like to participate in testing the platform please contact the ProMe Project Manager Katja Neureiter.  You can find contact details for Katja on the contact us page.

ProMe launches promotional video

ProMe has developed a promotional video showcasing the prototype online platform.  The video shows the functions and benefits of the online platform highlighting its usability, layout and features.

To view the video please click below.

Partners are very interested to hear feedback on the platform.  If you would like to participate in testing please contact the ProMe Project Manager Katja Neureiter.  You can find contact details for Katja on the contact us page.

ProMe showcases prototype website at the Ambient Assisted Living Forum in Ghent

ProMe partners unveiled the prototype version of the intergenerational cooperation and mentoring platform at the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum in Ghent on 22nd to 24th September 2015.  The partners exhibited at the forum to showcase the matchmaking and profiling functions of the platform and receive feedback from delegates about the look, feel and usability of the prototype.

The AAL Forum is an annual event that demonstrates existing and developing ICT solutions which enhance the lives and functional capabilities of older adults.  It attracts policy makers, ICT developers, manufacturers, health professionals, commissioners, businesses, venture companies, technologists, academics and designers.  This year saw the biggest Forum to date with 550 delegates, 22 exhibitors and over 150 presentations being made.

The event proved to be a success for ProMe with 44 people visiting the stand and 15 companies registering an interest in testing the platform.

The next stage in the project is to gain more feedback from users so the prototype can be developed further.

ProMe partners showcasing the prototype platform at the AAL Forum in Ghent

ProMe partners showcasing the prototype platform at the AAL Forum in Ghent

Project learning & interaction – European and national knowledge-sharing

Recently, SIVECO was invited to present the ProMe project at a meeting related to “Age Management Experiences” at ILPO55’s project meeting that took place in Bucharest on 8-9th of July 2015.

Intergenerational Learning Partnership Over 55 (ILPO55) is a project that aims at the creation of an Intergenerational Learning Partnership through supporting employability and reduce skills mismatch.

Both ILPO55 and ProMe projects address the same age group and both are targeting cross-generation issues. On the one hand ProMe is approaching a mentoring mentee relationship to ease the transfer of knowledge from one generation to another, while ILPO55 focuses on designing two qualifications in line with lifelong learning provisions: Adult Trainer & Social Responsibility Facilitator.

The participants in this consultation seminar were very interested in the ProMe project. Thus, we can share best practice information till the end of the project and contribute to sustainable implementation of age management and intergenerational approach.

ProMe exhibiting at AAL Forum 2015

Are you visiting the AAL Forum 2015 in Ghent?

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Come and meet the ProMe project consortium, and help us refine our technology platform!

Employment fills a large proportion of our lives and influences the way we live. It creates meaning, provides financial security, influences our social status, contributes to self-esteem, and has an impact on our social relationships at work and beyond.

The ProMe integrated technology platform seeks to provide meaningful opportunities for occupation in the life of older adults, in the transition from work to retirement and beyond by taking an active role as a mentor.

We are exhibiting at the AAL Forum 2015, held in Ghent Belgium between 22-25 September. View our prototype system, experiment with it, and give us your views!

Feel free to contact us before the Forum if you want to discuss anything or set up meetings.

Just email us: info at inventya.com

We look forward to meeting you in September!

 

Consortia meeting, Manchester and progress at end of Y1

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April 2015 saw the ProMe consortia meet in Manchester to review progress against milestones as the project reached the end of its first year. We had a very productive (and enjoyable) meeting where we focused specifically on platform development issues, system architecture & implementation, and then on graphical user interface designs.

For our end-user organisations and their individual users, platform design and creation of the ‘look and feel’ of the ProMe coaching & mentoring platform is vital. Our technical partners presented us with a variety of designs incorporating all the initial user  requirements & feedback collected earlier in the project, and there were lively discussions about these designs!

We are looking forward to finalising the front-end platform design and navigation in good time for iterative user evaluations scheduled over the summer of 2015!

AAL Forum 2014

From the 9th until the 12th of September the AAL forum took place in Bucharest, Romania. This year’s edition “Broader, bigger, better – AAL solutions for Europe”, focused on how to adopt AAL solutions in the market. PLUS presented a paper focusing on social-psychological aspects for knowledge sharing and how different forms of collaboration can be supported on the platform.

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