Looking at the daily business of many academic research mentors, one thing seems eerily absent: the availability and application of worthwhile tools to make best use of the time allotted to mentoring your mentees.

Sure, there is the spreadsheet with all student projects, the self-developed guideline PDF with all ins and outs you could come up with, there’s the folder with the past evaluations, and then there’s e-mail as the main way to keep in touch with mentees. But somehow, this does not feel like it generates a useful overview, an efficient way of equipping your mentees. (At least, that always used to be my and my colleagues’ experience.)

That’s why a group of colleagues, friends – chief among which Thomas Haustein and Dominik Schwizer – students, researchers and I have started to design and develop a tool that will help academic research mentors shouldering the load. We’re calling it “Research Stride”. We’re still very much in the middle of development and would like to share, from time to time, some insights and ask for your thoughts on some of the features. If you feel like you’d be interested to join the effort, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us.

While mentoring hinges on the central, personal relationship between mentor and mentee, making sure there’s time left in a busy day to accommodate this can be helped by using dedicated tools. If there don’t seem to be any tools, let’s put some cogs and wheels together and build them!

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