E-Mentoring of Professional Learners in an Online Graduate Program
Tuesday, November 15 11:35-11:55 AM Location: Edison F
Abstract: E-mentoring has gained popularity in the past decade as a means of providing a distance mentoring relationship through email, video-conferencing, phone, and chatting—with little or no face-to-face contact. In online course delivery, it is important to develop trust and mutual respect for the faculty mentor and the student mentee to develop a positive and constructive e-mentoring relationship. This paper is based on interviews with six professional students in project management who sought the mentorship of the professor of the PROJ603 Project Leadership and Teamwork course during the academic year 2015-2016. The elements of a constructive e-mentoring relationship have been identified, together with factors that enabled e-mentoring to make a significant difference in the motivation, learning skills, and content mastery by these busy working professionals in the online Project Management Program.