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E-mentoring: Using Computer Mediated Communication to Enhance the Mentoring Process

Abstract

The information age is changing the dynamics of many relationships, including mentoring. This article defines traditional mentoring according to its function and effectiveness and then expands the definition of mentoring to include computer-mediated communication (CMC), or “e-mentoring.” We propose that e-mentoring holds promise for redefining mentoring relationships and changing the conditions under which mentoring is sought and offered. E-mentoring could potentially make mentoring relationships more available to groups that have previously had limited access to mentoring. Benefits of and barriers to e-mentoring are considered, as are strategies for establishing an e-mentoring relationship. E-mentoring resources are reviewed.

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Bierema, L.L., Merriam, S.B. E-mentoring: Using Computer Mediated Communication to Enhance the Mentoring Process. Innovative Higher Education 26, 211–227 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1017921023103

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  • mentoring
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  • developmental relationships