E-Mentoring in Higher Education: A Structured Literature Review and Implications for Future Research

Publication TypeJournal Article
Año de publicación2020
AuthorsTinoco-Giraldo, H, Torrecilla-Sánchez, EM, García-Peñalvo, FJ
Start Page1
Fecha de publicación05/2020
Type of ArticleReview
Keywordse-mentoring, Higher Education, literature review, mapping, open educational resources, sustainable education

Mentoring in higher education helps learners acclimate to a new academic topic, increases the likelihood of academic success, and reduces attrition. Learners rely on the expertise and experience of mentors to help them graduate in a timely manner and advance on to their career. As online and distance education becomes more pervasive, computer-mediated mentoring allows learners to connect with their mentors in new ways. Research about mentoring in higher education includes investigations into the efficacy of virtual or e-mentoring. We conducted a literature review of research from 2009 to 2019 to identify relevant elements for implementing e-mentoring programs in higher education. Our research revealed that there is a consistent interest in the subject matter within educational research; however, there is a gap on virtual mentoring in higher education for students conducting offsite internships. Our research reviews e-mentoring programs, identifies how these programs are evaluated, identifies factors of successful programs, and establishes a research agenda in areas of e-mentoring programs for students in offsite internships and how they can be structured to achieve the same level of success.

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