With the advent of web-based learning and teams working at a
distance, there is a growing need for online mentors. Online
mentoring is a new area. There are relatively few resources available
as of Spring of 1999. Here are some of the best I've found to date,
plus some of the emerging resources.
If you are involved in online mentoring or know of someone who is,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to participate in a short survey on Online Mentoring.
THE Definitive Course
on Online Mentoring (http://www.learner.org/courses/rfts/crs4web.htm)
was created to support an online learning project several years
ago. The units on Beginning the course and facilitating discussions
and group work are particularly applicable to the mentoring process.
(http://www.esocrates.com/cgi-bin/socrates2.cgi?wshop002) A course on
Web-based teaching. Includes some mention of mentoring. Best for a
general introduction to teaching online.
(http://www.peoplesupport.com) hires people to provide customer
service and online support to companies on an outsourcing basis.
Their needs are similar to those for online mentoring.
- Task Force Report
Forum - Mentoring Guidance & Information
(http://www.mentorsforum.co.uk/) provides general information on
mentoring, not necessarily online mentoring. Includes a page on the
evaluation of mentoring.
a general introduction. It does include a discussion of web-based
Technologies Center for Excellence in Distance Learning
Education: Instructional Issues
for Teaching at a Distance
Email Mentoring for
Teachers (http://www.mightymedia.com/mentors) is a service that
pairs teachers by grade, subject, and/or location.
Mentoring: Reflections and Suggestions
(http://www.wmc.edu/acad/rfts/teled96.htm) Good article on the Reach
for the Sky project from 1994-96.
Student Use of Internet Technologies
discussion and factors that contribute to student satisfaction with
available to non-profit organizations for technology needs assessment
and software redistribution. Not for instruction, but an interesting
and Responsibilities of Participants
Netiquette - Internet Etiquette
Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette
In addition, TechTamers
offers a face-to-face course in Online Mentoring, tailored to your
application of the mentoring tasks.
If Cybernag doesn't work - how do you motivate online students? by
Jodi Reed and Kevin McMahan in the March 1999 issue of Technology for
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