Megas and Gigas Educate (MaGE) is a new inclusive peer mentoring program for computer science (CS) being developed at Mount Holyoke College. Trained undergraduate students act as peer mentors to beginner students in CS1 and CS2, providing close interaction and one-on-one feedback.
MaGE is supported by a Google Computer Science Capacity Award.
Each CS1 and CS2 student is assigned a peer Giga Education Mentor (GEM) in a 9:1 ratio. GEMs have undergone a rigorous training course that
- Raises awareness of the role of social identity in learning
- Emphasizes active learning within computer science
- Provides preparation for being technical peer mentors
Grow enrollment capacity in CS1 and CS2
Increase enrollment and retention for women and other underrepresented groups
Train students to educate, mentor, and support others in inclusive ways