In August 2016 the ProMe platform will be tested with potential end users at the Center for Human Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg.
The main focus of the study is to investigate how Mentors and Mentees can be supported via the platform in the early beginning of their collaborative relationship and to identify usability problems. 20 Mentor-Mentee pairs are taking part.
This study is an important step towards the user studies in the field, which will start in September 2016. More than 100 users in the Netherlands, Austria, Romania and the UK will have the opportunity to try out the platform via a period of 2-3 months.
Recent test of the ProMe video conferencing system
On the 2nd June 2016 the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg presented a variety of projects for a group of older adults, who were alumni from a telecommunication school. The group were very interested in advancements in communication and collaboration technologies, in particular for older adults.
The project idea of ProMe was presented and the participants got insights about the different communication and collaboration possibilities the platform provides. The presentation was followed by an interesting and also critical discussion that encouraged us to further reflect upon the relevance of personal contact in virtual relationships.
The group being Welcomed by ProMe Project Manager Katja Neureiter and being presented the ProMe Platform
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
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:
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.
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 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 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
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.