E-Mentoring: A New Approach in Mentoring
Mentoring goes long time back in history, arising from the knowledge transfer through the expert to the apprentice. Mentoring is based on the ideal of the development of all stakeholders and improving the communication among them. E-mentoring is one of the different applications of mentoring which developed due to technological developments. It includes the effective use of communication tools in e-learning media, plus forming a base for planning and evaluation. Mentoring that includes different implementations based on the emergent technology takes social constructive learning as theoretical background. This study describes the models of mentoring and the factors that affect an effective mentoring process and e-mentoring process as a technology-based application. The academic studies about mentoring are still at the beginning level in Turkey, while they have already disseminated well enough in developing countries. E-mentoring process requires use of the communication tools in e-learning applications, creation of the structure of program planning and evaluation of the mentoring. E-mentoring should not be taken as an alternative to face to face mentoring. When considering e- mentoring different facilities like synchronous, specific and shared learning should be taken into account. Within the framework of e-learning, matching the mentors and mentees is as important as the technology used. Further studies carried on technology based mentoring will definitely serve the field.
Volume (Year): 12 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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