Online Peer Mentoring and Collaborative Reflection: A Cross-institutional Project in Sports Coaching


  • John Stoszkowski University of Central Lancashire
  • Liam McCarthy St. Mary's University
  • Joana Fonseca St. Mary's University



peer learning, peer assessment, formative assessment, coach education.


In recent years, calls have grown for the use of digital technologies to transform coach education and enhance student learning; however, empirical research evidence for their efficacy is lacking. This paper describes our initial experiences of a Higher Education Funding Council for England funded project, designed to facilitate online peer mentoring and collaborative reflection between bachelor degree students at two separate UK universities. So far, the pedagogical approach has been differentially effective, with three categories describing our current perceptions of successful and/or unsuccessful student engagement in it. Namely, students require an adequate knowledge base, an appropriate technological and personal skillset, and the attitudinal dispositions to deploy them effectively.

Author Biographies

John Stoszkowski, University of Central Lancashire

John Stoszkowski is a Lecturer in Sports Development and Coaching at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. Email: Twitter: @JohnStoszkowski

Liam McCarthy, St. Mary's University

Liam McCarthy is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. Email: Twitter: @liammccarthy16

Joana Fonseca, St. Mary's University

Joana Fonseca is a Senior Lecturer in Physical and Sport Education at St. Mary's University, Twickenham, UK, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. Twitter: @JoanaF0NSECA


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