Mentor, a word from the ancient Greeks, is defined by the Cambridge English Dictionary as: an experienced and trusted person who gives another person advice and help, esp. related to work or school, over a period of time. Later, more generally: a person who offers support and guidance to another; an experienced and trusted counsellor, peer, or friend; a patron, a sponsor. The practice of mentoring is as old as human civilization. Mentoring as a practice was noted in Homer’s The Odyssey.
How is E-mentoring different from Coaching/Coaching platform?
Tapping into a student’s, professionals or employee’s genius is Coaching. When an individual or a company buys a course from coaching platforms, they are looking for an external coach to help unleash the genius of individuals and employees. Tapping into a leader’s wisdom is Mentoring. Mentoring effectuates human-to-human transfer of wisdom, from counsellor, peer, experts, and senior leaders to individuals who need that wisdom to develop their skills, grow personally and become productive at school, college, university, or at work.
Mentoring and E-Learning Relationship
In recent years, e-learning uses the principles of a traditional mentoring relationship but changes the means of communication thus, has become a medium to remove both mentor and mentee from the time and resource pressures of the real world. Across the Web: online, e- mentoring or tele mentoring relationships are taking place, substituting the traditional, longstanding face-to-face practice into an electronic environment. Online mentoring is useful for learners of all ages in both formal and informal settings. E-learning can ensure consistent delivery of critical information as well as compress the time to learn.
In 2002, The National Mentoring Center defined the emerging practice of online or e- mentoring as “mentoring projects that use technology to facilitate and support mentor relationships”.
Benefits of E-mentoring
Challenges of E-mentoring
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