What is e-coaching? There seems to be two different opinions on what e-coaching means.
Definition 1: E-coaching is relationship–based coaching, provided at a distance through electronic media.
All members seem to agree that it may include the following elements:
i) Single medium for communication (e.g. telephone)
ii) Blended approach A: multiple media communication (e.g. telephone and email)
iii) Blended approach B: combination of stand-alone media (e.g. telephone) with supporting tools ( e.g. web-based program)
iv) Blended approach C: combination of face to face communication with electronic media (e.g. telephone) (with or without supporting tools)
Media used may be:
-instant online chat
The nature of media may be:
Tools might be:
– virtual reality
– virtual constellation
Definition 2: Coaching at a distance through electronic media, which is not relationship based, i.e. self-coaching
E-coaching involves the following characteristics:
- At a distance
- 1 medium or a <1 media
- Combination of media and supporting tools
- Combination of electronic media and f2f
- Synchronous and /or asynchronous
There are thus, different opinions on whether e-coaching is:
a) Relationship-based or self-coaching
b) Telephone coaching counts as “e“-coaching
The different roles technology plays depending on how we define e-coaching:
- If e-coaching is considered relationship-based, then technology serves to deliver coaching over distance
- If coaching is not relationship-based, then technology serves as a medium to guide clients in a self-coaching process
2. ARTICLE RECOMMENDATION.
Virtual Coaching and Mentoring“, by N.Ghods & C.Boyce (In: Passmore, J., Peterson, D., Freire, T. (2012) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring. John Wiley & Sons.