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The NEO GOLD (Guidance for Online Learning and Discovery) Program is designed to provide students new to the online learning environment with an experienced mentor who can help them navigate the new territory. Mentors are students experienced at taking online courses. The mentor is available to answer questions, provide resources, and offer encouragement to the members of the group. Mentors and participants will communicate on a regular basis.

What is NEO GOLD?

For students new to the online learning environment, the experience can be challenging. They may not know where to look for answers to questions. NEO GOLD helps match students with a mentor to help them be successful. A peer mentor is able to provide those students with the resources that will help them succeed in online classes.

Goals for NEO GOLD

With NEO GOLD, there are four goals that guide our practices.

  1. Readiness for online coursework.

    We will provide resources that will address and close the gaps students have in being prepared for taking online classes.

  2. Personal management.

    We will provide information to help students strengthen their time management skills and encourage self-efficacy.

  3. Information management.

    We will help students understand how to navigate resources, systems, and policies.

  4. Belonging.

    We will encourage a sense of community and connection to the college among online students.

Is NEO GOLD right for me?

Take some time to think about yourself as a learner. Will your characteristics help you be a good online learner right away? Will you need to spend some time preparing yourself to learn online? Will you benefit from the NEO GOLD Program? Take the Online Readiness Assessment to find out more.

Take the online readiness assessment by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEOGOLD

NEO GOLD will help you build skills in the following areas:

  • Self-Directedness

    Students who regularly turn their assignments in on time are more likely to be successful in the class. NEO GOLD mentors will help mentees with time-management strategies and links to campus resources that will enable the students to meet class deadlines.

  • Learning Preferences

    NEO GOLD will facilitate conversations with students to help them determine how to incorporate online classes into a plan that can help them reach the goal of graduation or certification more quickly than seated classes alone.

  • Study Habits

    Students who choose to participate in the mentor program will be actively engaged in the learning process, and encouraged to establish good study habits from the beginning of the semester.

  • Technology Skills

    NEO GOLD mentors provide mentees with encouragement and support as they learn to navigate the online course structure. Mentors will provide mentees with information about tutoring resources and additional online learning resources.

How do I apply?

If you are taking online classes at NEO, and would like to be a part of the program, click here to submit your application. If you have any questions, or would like more information, email GOLD Coordinator Elizabeth Flees at eflees@neo.edu.