STEM Scalable Model for Enhancing Secondary and Postsecondary Student On-Line Services

  • Noel GreggEmail author
  • April Galyardt
  • Robert Todd
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9177)


The purpose of this paper is to examine the BreakThru e-mentoring model for scalability purposes. Two aspects of this STEM e-mentoring program were examined: (1) the use of virtual environments and social media settings; and (2) the development of e-mentoring relationships (i.e., quality and engagement). Three secondary and three postsecondary institutions participated in the project. Mentors (n = 33) were recruited from postsecondary faculty, secondary teachers, graduate students, and business leaders. Of the BreakThru participants (n = 188), 57 % of the students continued in the program for multiple years. Specific design issues are described as essential for developing and measuring the outcomes of a similar student on-line resource.


Scalable model STEM Disability E-mentoring On-Line services Virtual world Social media 



This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) award numbers 1027635 (UGA) and 1027655 (Georgia Tech).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods)University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Office of Educational Access and SuccessUniversity System of GeorgiaAtlantaUSA

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