Scaffolding Online Learning: The ART of Mentoring
Priscilla Norton, George Mason University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
As educators design, develop, and research models for effective online learning, descriptors such as facilitator and moderator dominate the literature related to the role of the online instructor/teacher. This paper offers the notion of mentor as a more appropriate alternative. In doing so, it becomes necessary to find ways to help mentors develop skills that enable them to work with learners in online environments in ways consistent with this more complex role. This paper examines the unique characteristics of online learner in order to identify what mentors need to be able to do. It then describes a process that scaffolds prospective mentors' ability to meet learner needs. This process - the ART of mentoring - focuses on a framework for Assessing, Responding, and Targeting online communication so that mentors and learners may create shared responsibility and accountability for reaching learning goals.
Norton, P. (2005). Scaffolding Online Learning: The ART of Mentoring. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2025-2032). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).