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Initiating online mentoring as a pedagogical support for content producing teams
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, Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; , Hame University of Applied Sciences, Finland

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The production of pedagogically high quality learning objects, by production teams made up of polytechnic teachers is supported by the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic through online mentoring. This article examines the experiences during the project's initial stage; how the mentoring process has begun. Our study shows that key factors in maintaining the mentoring process are regular, well prepared mentoring sessions. Mentoring has been successful when both mentor and mentees have worked in a goal-oriented way and have been committed to establishing the relationship. There is a need in online mentoring to increase the use of real time discussion tools, which would strengthen interaction. The work practices of production teams should be developed so that they facilitate virtual group mentoring. All in all, flexible models should be available in the pedagogical mentoring of production teams, ones which meet the various learning needs of mentees as well as encourage the development and sharing of collaborative expertise.

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Leppisaari, I. & Vainio, L. (2006). Initiating online mentoring as a pedagogical support for content producing teams. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2006--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1306-1314). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 20, 2019 from .

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