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ERIC Number: ED475467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-6
Pages: 35
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From Traditional to Virtual Mentoring.
Kirk, James J.; Olinger, Jennifer
The tradition of a mentoring relationship is embedded in a personal/business relationship between a wise teacher and someone who needs to learn a trade. Learning sessions have occurred over the years in many types of settings, including one-on-one mentoring, conferences, meetings, telephone, and fax. As society looks to technology as a vital resource in everyday life, virtual mentoring has emerged. Traditional mentoring is face-to-face communication and synchronous; time and location of mentoring can be an issue; it is all personal touch and communication, can be expensive, and is not recorded so it can be confidential. Virtual mentoring is communication via computer and asynchronous; time and location are not issues; there is no personal touch or communication, can be inexpensive, and is recorded so it cannot be confidential. Well-established virtual mentoring programs for adults can offer a starting point for individuals and organizations seeking virtual mentoring opportunities and information. Examples are HighTech Women; Ask the; Nursing Net; Intel Corporation; Piver and Associates Civil Engineering Firm; CanadaInfoNet; Mentors in American Philanthropy; MentorNet; General Electric; Smart Mentoring Group; MIT; C.E.O. Mentor; Lincoln Financial Group; The Virtual Volunteering Project; and WEPAN. (Contains 33 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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