2.2 The Benefits of Collaborative Mentoring & Virtual Collaboration
The Benefits of Collaborative Mentoring and Virtual Collaboration
Collaborative learning works on the principle that multiple people learn from each other when they are together; this can include singular/multiple Mentors and singular/multiple Mentees but must include at least one Mentor. Everyone learns from each other to develop their knowledge and skills. The emphasis is on achieving a common goal whether it is completing a task, solving a problem, or designing a product.
Collaborative learning can also exist between multiple Mentors only and can result in a more educated, skilled, informed, and engaged Mentor. The rule is if there are at least two individuals or a whole group of Mentors. It reduces the need for formal training and provides a more flexible, active, and engaging learning approach.
A collaborative mentoring approach enables the Mentee(s) to seek assistance from a variety of individuals depending on how diverse and how strong their needs are. Having a more diverse collaborative set of mentors provides more effective support, and opportunities and allows a diversity of perspectives for the Mentee(s). Collaborative Mentoring benefits both parties in the relationship. The Mentee receives help and direction, but the Mentor also benefits. Sometimes the benefit comes from reverse mentoring e.g., seniors’ view of leading an organization traded for learning a technical program from someone in a lower position.