E-Ties That Bond: A Case Study in the Effects of E-Resources
Larry Bright, The University of South Dakota, United States ; Jack Fei Yang, Hsing-Kao University, Tainan City, ROC, Taiwan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The effects of information technology types on sustaining and developing long-term mutual mentoring relationships are varied and yet to be thoroughly researched. Qualitative research can be a useful resource for considering the perceived impact of varied communication technologies in sustaining a learning relationship among professional colleagues. This paper reports how two colleagues, who began their academic relationship as advisor and doctoral student in live instruction, continued to maintain and further develop their interaction through using principles of mentoring that necessitated use of communications media. The perceived effects of communication media, such as email, MSN, Skype, NetMeeting, HomeMeeting, JoinNet, and the land-line telephone uses are described with unexpected conclusions about the relative power of the media. The mentoring relationship, the mutual influence across age and cultural differences, and the outcomes of the exchange over the past seven years are described in terms of the perceived influence of the communication media.
Bright, L. & Yang, J.F. (2008). E-Ties That Bond: A Case Study in the Effects of E-Resources. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1339-1346). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).