Assessing Mentor Characteristics in an Online Environment: A Study
Stacy Connors, George Mason University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The qualities that make a successful teacher in a traditional, face-to-face environment are well known and documented. Similarly, the characteristics of a good mentor are known. The qualities of a good online teacher have been researched. What remains is to study and define those qualities that make a successful mentor in an online environment. This qualitative study addresses the characteristics needed to be an effective online mentor. In order to research the characteristics of good mentoring, three mentor/mentee dyads were interviewed for a total of six interviews. All the interviews were done in a synchronous online environment. Each mentor/mentee dyad are participants in the Integrating Technology in Schools Online Certificate Program (ITSOLC), a 12-hour online program offered at George Mason University. The final Proceedings paper and Conference presentation will report the findings of these interviews.
Connors, S. (2005). Assessing Mentor Characteristics in an Online Environment: A Study. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 319-323). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).