- C. T. Adams and C. A. Hemingway, “What Does Online Mentorship of Secondary Science Students Look Like?,” BioScience, p. biu147, Sep. 2014.
- K. Cantrell, A. Fischer, A. Bouzaher, and M. Bers, “The Role of E-Mentorship in a Virtual World for Youth Transplant Recipients,” Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 344–355, Nov. 2010.
Because of geographic distances, many youth transplant recipients do not have the opportunity to meet and form relationships with peers who have undergone similar experiences. This article explores the role of E-mentorship in virtual environments. Most specifically, by analyzing data from a study conducted with the Zora virtual world with pediatric transplant recipients, suggestions and recommendations are given for conceiving the role of virtual mentors and allocating the needed resources. Zora is a graphical virtual world designed to create a community that offers psychoeducational support and the possibility of participating in virtual activities following a curriculum explicitly designed to address issues of school transition and medical adherence. Activities are designed to foster relationships, teach technological skills, and facilitate the formation of a support network of peers and mentors.This article addresses the research question, “What makes a successful E-mentorship model in virtual worlds for children with serious illnesses?” by looking at E-mentoring patterns such as time spent online, chat analysis, initiation of conversation, initiation of activities, and out-of-world contact.
- S. C. de Janasz and V. M. Godshalk, “The Role of E-Mentoring in Protégés’ Learning and Satisfaction,” Group & Organization Management, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 743–774, Dec. 2013.
- S. Mammadov and A. Topçu, “The Role of E-Mentoring in Mathematically Gifted Students’ Academic Life A Case Study,” Journal for the Education of the Gifted, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 220–244, Sep. 2014.
This qualitative inquiry presents the case study of five gifted eighth-grade students who engaged in an e-mentoring project in mathematics. The study reported in this article investigated the role of e-mentoring in gifted students’ academic life. Three themes predominated in the collected data were (a) motivation, (b) effective communication and supportive interaction, and (c) practicing as professionals. The findings indicated that the students engaged with e-mentoring had high motivation and desire and were able to maintain their perseverance to complete required individual and group tasks. The study revealed that the students formed an efficient and interactive group and worked collaboratively. They were able to find a way of working as a community. Furthermore, the findings showed that the treatment of students as practicing professionals encouraged them to think and work as real mathematicians.
- A. Hicks, “Analyzing La Cuna : New Approaches for Mentoring in Professional Associations,” Collaborative Librarianship, pp. 2–13, Jan. 2012.
This case study explores the implementation of La Cuna, an online mentoring forum in a small, subject-based professional association, the Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM). Designed using the social network software Ning, the forum functioned as an informal learn-ing community for 38 members and was an innovative response to geographical challenges and changing technological skills. Using participation data and a questionnaire to analyze the implementation and de-velopment of the hybrid e-mentoring community, this study reveals challenges and benefits that should be considered when managing similar professional development activities. While the forum failed to maintain sustained participation, findings revealed the need to assess professional association member needs regularly and highlighted the importance of continued exploration of online learning tools. Through the description of this project, professional associations and other learning communities will gain insights into the creation and implementation of an online e-mentoring learning community, which will be useful as librarians and groups attempt to meet member professional development needs.