What is the Global Talent Mentoring Hub?

What is the Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing Hub?

The Glob­al Talent Mentor­ing Hub (GTMH) is a new, excit­ing online plat­form launch­ing in 2020. The online plat­form will pro­vide excep­tion­al­ly tal­ent­ed and moti­vat­ed youth with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cul­ti­vate their tal­ents in STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics).

Through one-on-one and group men­tor­ing, inter­na­tion­al­ly lead­ing experts in STEM will guide stu­dents on an indi­vid­u­al­ized path to excel­lence.

A dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of the GTMH is that it will be based on sound, sci­en­tif­ic research prac­tice.

Glob­al Tal­ent Devel­op­ment in STEM

The GTMH will pro­vide high­ly effec­tive men­tor­ing to tal­ent­ed youth from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and coun­tries as they devel­op their excel­lence in STEM. With many of the world’s press­ing issues reliant upon dig­i­tal solu­tions, med­ical break­throughs, and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, STEM experts have nev­er been more rel­e­vant and in demand than right now.

Com­plete­ly inter­net-based, the GMTH bridges geo­graph­ic dis­tance to con­nect the bright­est young minds with dis­tin­guished researchers, aca­d­e­mics, and pro­fes­sion­als and to build a glob­al hub of tal­ent devel­op­ment and pro­fes­sion­al guid­ance.

Online Men­tor­ing for High STEM Poten­tials

The GTMH seeks to devel­op excel­lent per­for­mances of tal­ent­ed youth in their field of STEM through the means of online men­tor­ing. Online men­tor­ing is—with care­ful sci­en­tif­ic implementation—a high­ly effec­tive means of indi­vid­ual sup­port for tal­ent­ed learn­ers.

  • One-on-one men­tor­ing: each par­tic­i­pat­ing mentee will be matched with an indi­vid­ual men­tor, who is an expert in a spe­cif­ic STEM field.
  • Men­tor­ing pods: two or three pairs of mentees and men­tors will work togeth­er on spe­cif­ic STEM projects.
  • GTMH com­mu­ni­ty: mentees and men­tors will have access to net­work­ing with all par­tic­i­pat­ing mentees and men­tors of the GTMH com­mu­ni­ty via mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels.
  • Indi­vid­u­al­ized learn­ing path­ways: inter­na­tion­al­ly lead­ing experts in STEM fields will guide stu­dents on indi­vid­u­al­ized learn­ing path­ways to STEM excel­lence.

Research-Based Preparation of the GTMH

Research

The GTMH project will con­duct stud­ies in two phas­es: (1) before the start of men­tor­ing and (2) dur­ing the men­tor­ing on the GTMH online plat­form.

1. Pre-Men­tor­ing Research (2018 to 2020)

Opti­mal Tal­ent Devel­op­ment in STEM Fields: Stud­ies on experts’ views on dif­fer­ent sup­port mech­a­nisms (men­tor­ing, enrich­ment pro­grams, etc.) for tal­ent devel­op­ment in STEM fields will be con­duct­ed. Experts from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, fields (STEM, tal­ent devel­op­ment, net­work­ing, etc.), and in dif­fer­ent roles (researchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, etc.) will be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate.

Needs Assess­ment for Best Prac­tice for Men­tor­ing Pro­grams: Poten­tial mentees and men­tors, as well as experts from dif­fer­ent areas (STEM edu­ca­tion, gift­ed­ness, etc.) will be sur­veyed about their needs, require­ments, and ideas con­cern­ing what they think an ide­al men­tor­ing pro­gram would entail. This is essen­tial dur­ing the pre-men­tor­ing phase so that the research team can design and build an opti­mal men­tor­ing pro­gram.

Opti­mal Online Men­tor­ing (Part A): Exist­ing online men­tor­ing pro­grams will be ana­lyzed to deter­mine what aspects (match­ing cri­te­ria, com­mu­ni­ca­tion behav­ior, etc.) are essen­tial for effec­tive online men­tor­ing process­es.

Opti­mal Online Men­tor­ing (Part B): The ways in which men­tor­ing best works on an online plat­form will be stud­ied. Usabil­i­ty stud­ies, research on online plat­forms, and more will be explored.

2. Research dur­ing Men­tor­ing (2020 and beyond)

As soon as men­tor­ing starts, ongo­ing for­ma­tive eval­u­a­tions will be car­ried out to deter­mine the effec­tive­ness of the pro­gram. For­ma­tive eval­u­a­tion results will be used to make con­tin­u­ous improve­ments to the online plat­form.

Lon­gi­tu­di­nal stud­ies will be con­duct­ed com­par­ing the growth of stu­dents in the men­tor­ing group with stu­dents in a wait-list con­trol group (i.e., those who are wait­ing to be assigned a men­tor) at sev­er­al time points.

In addi­tion, fac­tors con­tribut­ing to men­tor­ing suc­cess will be exam­ined, such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion about STEM top­ics, qual­i­ty of mentee–mentor rela­tion­ships, and STEM project involve­ment.

The GTMH as part of the World Giftedness Center

World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter

The GTMH, spear­head­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many, under the guid­ance of Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger, is one of sev­er­al projects that are part of the vir­tu­al World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter, a larg­er research under­tak­ing that will launch in 2021 .

The World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter is a ven­ture sup­port­ed by the UNESCO-rec­og­nized Ham­dan Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Award for Dis­tin­guished Aca­d­e­m­ic Per­for­mance.

Team

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger (Project direction)

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger

Dr. Daniel Balestrini (Project coordination)

Daniel Balestrini, M.A.

Dr. Lars Döhling

Dr. Lars Döhling

Christin Graml, M.A.

Christin Graml

Dr. Michael Heilemann

Dr. Michael Heilemann

Dr. Linlin Luo

Dr. Linlin Luo

Matthias Mader, M.A.

Matthias Mader, M.A.

Contact

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing Hub

Uni­ver­sität Regens­burg
Lehrstuhl Schulpäd­a­gogik,
Schul­forschung, Schu­len­twick­lung & Eval­u­a­tion
Uni­ver­sitätsstraße 31
93053 Regens­burg

info@gtmh.world

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