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Reciprocal Mentorship: An Effective Support for Online Instructors


Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning Volume 16, Number 3, ISSN 1361-1267


This article presents a reciprocal model of mentoring as an alternative approach to more traditional mentoring models. A mentor, experienced with online course delivery and pedagogy, worked with six online instructors over two academic terms within a reciprocal mentorship model. This model was designed to build a collaborative learning relationship which would benefit each partner. The mentoring was scheduled on a just-in-time basis in response to each online instructor's needs. Study results show that the time commitments required to accomplish the goals of the mentoring project were challenging for participants; that post-secondary institutions have a responsibility to provide multiple supports (including, for example, mentoring assistance) for faculty members teaching online; and that developing a structured mentoring program could facilitate a more effective reciprocal mentoring process, with benefits for both mentors and mentees.


Gabriel, M.A. & Kaufield, K.J. (2008). Reciprocal Mentorship: An Effective Support for Online Instructors. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 16(3), 311-327. Retrieved October 20, 2019 from .

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