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How can we mentor adult learners online? PROCEEDINGS

, Union Institute & 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


Since the early 1960s, alternative schools like Union Institute & University, Goddard College, Empire State College, Antioch College and others have offered adults opportunities to complete degrees at a distance through experiential, learner-centered methods that involve negotiating curriculum. While for-profit distance education institutions experience astronomical enrollment growth, some of these alternative schools are also adopting online learning opportunities to remain competitive and respond to learners' needs. A key feature of many of these programs for adults is the role of faculty member as mentor. This paper examines what is meant by mentoring in this context, with respect to faculty behavior, toward developing a conceptual framework and scheme to analyze online faculty-mentor and learner interaction. The framework draws on research in mentoring toward facilitating transformational learning as well as social presence in computer mediated communication.


Lorraine, W. (2005). How can we mentor adult learners online?. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2005 (pp. 491-494). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


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