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ERIC Number: EJ811818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Reciprocal Mentorship: An Effective Support for Online Instructors
Gabriel, Martha A.; Kaufield, Kandra J.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v16 n3 p311-327 Aug 2008
This article presents a reciprocal model of mentoring as an alternative approach to more traditional mentoring models. A mentor, experienced with online course delivery and pedagogy, worked with six online instructors over two academic terms within a reciprocal mentorship model. This model was designed to build a collaborative learning relationship which would benefit each partner. The mentoring was scheduled on a just-in-time basis in response to each online instructor's needs. Study results show that the time commitments required to accomplish the goals of the mentoring project were challenging for participants; that post-secondary institutions have a responsibility to provide multiple supports (including, for example, mentoring assistance) for faculty members teaching online; and that developing a structured mentoring program could facilitate a more effective reciprocal mentoring process, with benefits for both mentors and mentees.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A