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Online Mentoring: Strategies for Mentoring Dissertations At A Distance

Swapna Kumar (University of Florida, USA)
Additional Authors
Melissa L Johnson (University of Florida, USA)
Session Information
November 20, 2013 - 3:00pm
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Europe 3
Session Duration: 
35 Minutes
Information Session 5

Strategies used by faculty and students for online mentoring in a doctoral program – what worked well, challenges faced, and technologies used in different situations.

Extended Abstract

In online doctoral programs, the supervision of dissertations at a distance presents challenges for both students and faculty, even in cases where faculty have prior experience mentoring doctoral students on-campus. This presentation will focus on the experiences of faculty and students at a brick and mortar research institution when they attempted to develop online supervisory relationships, mentor online students, and maintain research rigor and the quality of student dissertations in an online doctoral program. We will engage the audience with initial questions and present online mentoring strategies based on our qualitative research with students and faculty in an online doctoral program. Our discussion of online technologies and online mentoring strategies that worked for students and faculty in our research will be useful to other faculty mentoring online doctoral students.

Lead Presenter

Swapna Kumar is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida. She is currently engaged in teaching and research in the online Ed.D. program in EducationalTechnology at the College of Education, University of Florida. Her researchfocuses on online pedagogy, online program development,Blended Learning, online communities, and the use of new technologies in higher education.