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Online Mentoring

Online Mentoring
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Author(s): Elizabeth Buchanan (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 4
Source title: Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia L. Rogers (Bemidji State University, USA), Gary A. Berg (California State University Channel Islands (Retired), USA), Judith V. Boettcher (Designing for Learning, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA), Lorraine Justice (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch222


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The practice of mentoring has existed as long as civilization. Mentoring as a practice was noted in Homer’s The Odyssey, and a mentor, a word from the ancient Greeks, is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as: a person who acts as guide and adviser to another person, especially one who is younger and less experienced. Later, more generally: a person who offers support and guidance to another; an experienced and trusted counselor or friend; a patron, a sponsor. Traditionally, a mentor shares his or her experience and knowledge with a less experienced and knowledgeable individual, in a relationship upon which both parties agree. In recent years, an emergence of online, e-mentoring or telementoring relationships is taking place across the Web, taking the traditional, longstanding face-to-face practice into the electronic environment. Online mentoring relationships exist among formal and informal learners of all ages. Effective e-mentoring requires extensive planning and commitment (National Mentoring Center, 2002).

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