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Ins and Outs of Online Mentoring

How can online students overcome the potential isolation of learning at a distance? Many students are finding ways to meet with each other, as well as connect with professionals in their fields, both on- and off-line. This week we'll talk about mentorship roles and resources for finding guidance through new services and formal opportunities built-in to academic programs.

What do students want and need in order to maintain motivation while in pursuit of their goals? Join us to share your thoughts and suggestions about mentorships as part of the education process and career development.

This week's read-aheads:

Best Practices in Mentoring Online Students [presentation] from Western Governors University, Sloan Consortium Conference

Developing Online Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs for Distance Degree Programs [PDF] from Park University, TCC Conference

Calling for Success: Online Retention Rates Get Boost from Personal Outreach, from Mandy Zatynski, EducationSector

Staying the (Online) Course from Inside Online Learning,