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The Virtual Apprentice: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Create a National Network of College and Career Ready Leaders

, University of North Florida, United States ; , Flagler County Public Schools, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-35-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


Research affirms that mentoring enhances learning and personal growth. In C.A.M.P. Osprey at the University of North Florida, college students served as leadership mentors to K-12 students. To overcome geographic and financial barriers faced by high-poverty urban and rural partner schools, the program harnessed virtual mentoring through videoconferencing technology to connect K-12 students with their collegiate mentors. Cognitive apprenticeship and self-determination theory provided the theoretical frameworks for the design of the mentoring program. The mentored students demonstrated substantial improvements in academic achievement and attendance during their mentoring semester, with the virtually mentored students gaining as much or more than their face-to-face mentored counterparts. This proposal will share successes and challenges associated with program development, implementation and technology adaptation along with previous outcomes associated with collegiate mentor and K12 mentee participants.


Ohlson, M. & Bird-Suriano, K. (2018). The Virtual Apprentice: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Create a National Network of College and Career Ready Leaders. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 950-977). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 19, 2019 from .

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