ERIC Number: ED481298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Opening Doors: Mentoring on the Internet.
Washington Univ., Seattle.
This brief paper describes the computerized mentoring program of Project DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) at the University of Washington. Introductory material notes the origins of the mentoring concept and the value of DO-IT mentors to their proteges. The program centers on providing mentoring via the Internet through electronic mail. A sidebar lists ways in which DO-IT mentors help proteges by providing information, contacts, challenges, support, direction, advice, and role modeling. Research on computer-mediated communication is reported, showing that such systems can be used to initiate and sustain both peer-peer and mentor-protege relationships. Project DO-IT proteges report that the Internet gives them support from peers and adults otherwise difficult to reach, connects them to resources, and allows them to communicate over great distances easily and inexpensively. Proteges also note that, when communicating via the Internet, people treat them equally because their disabilities are not immediately evident. Negative aspects reported by proteges include difficulties in clearly expressing ideas and feelings, technical difficulties, and lack of in-person contact. A second sidebar notes that DO-IT proteges offer their mentors challenges, opportunities to help set goals, a chance to share strategies, new ideas, and fun. The paper also lists contact and other information resources associated with Project DO-IT at the University of Washington. (DB)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Electronic Mail, Internet, Interpersonal Communication, Mentors, Secondary Education, Telecommunications
DO-IT, Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology, University of Washington, Box 355670, Seattle, WA 98195-5670. Tel: 206-685-DOIT (Voice/TTY); Fax: 206-221-4171; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.washington.edu/doit. For full text: http://www.washington.edu/doit.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Note: The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) program is also funded by the State of Washington.