Mentoring in virtual spaces

'Mentoring and Computing' published by Routledge

Dear colleagues,

We are contributing to a new book on 'Mentoring and Computing' with Routledge. For our chapter called 'Mentoring in virtual spaces' we invite you, as e-mentors and e-mentor coordinators, to undertake this short survey.

The data you provide will be anonymised according to good practice. However, we would like to share our conclusions with you and we are willing to publish your involvement if you wish.

Furthermore, if you would like to consider your practice in more detail we would like to interview you in more depth on this topic so that we have more qualitative data which again we would be very pleased to share with you and include you in our analysis. In this case, you will be invited to comment on the draft research data and listed as a co-researcher. You can also elect to receive a MirandaNet co-researcher Professional Development certificate.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Hramiak and Christina Preston

Mentoring in virtual spaces

The chapter outline

In this chapter, we will explore four theoretical models that could be applied to the mentoring role in the education of teachers. To date mentoring online is a skill that is largely acquired without any formalised training. In addition, the design of many of the online packages does not allow more than a simplistic pedagogical approach, mostly information transmission. Through researching with mentors in educational institutions we will investigate their perception of the role of the senior mentor coordinator and the main issues and challenges surrounding this role for them and their institution. Using aspects of these four models as a lens through which to focus on what the mentoring role is thought to be, we will conduct a thematic analysis of the data captured through questionnaires and in-depth interviews. The outcome is intended to be some practical advice for mentors based on the relationship between theoretical models and practitioners’ experience.