Peer Learning and Mentoring

Peer Learning and Mentoring

Much of learning at work occurs through regular interaction with colleagues. There are different approaches to encouraging this type of development including those described below.

Approaches to peer learning and mentoring:

  • Informal Mentoring/Peer Coaching: This strategy focuses on establishing learning partnerships to help employees succeed in their current job and develop transferable skills for the future. See Guide to Informal Mentoring.
  • Formal Mentoring Programs are designed to achieve specific development goals and improve the effectiveness of the organization. Setting up a formal mentoring program typically includes the following components:
    • Assessment of needs and feasibility
    • Program design and duration
    • Project management
    • Mentee/Mentor selection
    • Orientation
    • Evaluation

    For assistance with peer learning and mentoring initiatives, contact oed-request@mit.edu.