Online Mentor Training: Paradox or Paradigm?
Wendy Jones, Sarah Fielding, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
In today’s fast changing world, increasingly supported by technology, it is important to ensure that the delivery of education is kept timely, fresh and accessible. Educational establishments are, therefore, increasingly moving into the world of online provision in order to meet the needs of today’s learner, many of whom are undertaking study whilst holding down extremely demanding full time jobs. Mentoring is a role highly dependent on communication skills and human interaction. Delivery of such training in an online environment could be considered paradoxical. However, the merger of two existing courses provides a paradigm for online mentor training. The discussion will focus on the development of this new course for the mentors of Trainee Teachers. There will be an opportunity for discussion and feedback of one example of a DLR used within the course.
Jones, W. & Fielding, S. (2009). Online Mentor Training: Paradox or Paradigm?. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3079-3083). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).