Hey guys, I just got this message from =jojostory, and thought I'd tell you all about it in case anyone was interested.
I'm a PhD student researching platforms to support creative mentorship online. I figured Deviant-Mentor would be a good group to contact to see whether we're going in the right direction with a tool that we're designing and to ask for help testing our ideas and ironing out bugs in the process, since you guys obviously have experience with this!
Basically, the idea behind the tool is to create a chain of mentorship around a certain art form and tier mentorship by skill level so the system match people up for mentoring based on skill level. As an example, people in the Advanced tier would be eligible to mentor each other and Intermediate people, and Intermediate people would be eligible to mentor each other and Beginning people. The hope is that knowledge might "cascade" down this chain (resulting in less work and more learning for everyone!).
So far, we have a very low-fidelity prototype in the works -- We're looking for people interested in participating in a short run of this prototype before we actually work on coding up a more robust version of the system. Because this idea is still developing, any feedback you give us will play a big part in shaping the tool. Is this something the mentors and mentees in the group would be interested in?
If interested or if you have any questions, please let me know -- I'd be happy to clarify anything. Feel free to shoot me a Note.
Thanks for your time!"
If anyone is interested, please send =jojostory a note -- it sounds like a nifty thing to be a part of~