While e-coaching practice is growing, research is lacking behind. Our online learning community is bridging the gap between e-coaching practice and research and is building up a knowledge base around e-coaching.
The Linkedin Group:
“E-Coaching: A dialogue between researchers and practitioners”
In July 31st, 2012 this group was created on Linkedin with the aim of fostering dialogue and collaboration between e-coaching practitioners and researchers.
What functions does the Linkedin e-coaching network serve?
- Practice inspires research: Researchers gain insights into issues relating to e-coaching practice and gain an understanding of the questions that require further investigation.
- Research informs practice: Researchers sharing research results with practitioners to inform and guide practice. This way, new knowledge potentially becomes incorporated into practice.
- Practitioners learn from each other, by exchanging stories, best practices, lessons learned.
- Connecting international experts
During the past 12 months the group has attracted over 440 members representing 40 different countries and various types of coaching (business, career, personal).
Monthly summaries of discussions support the group´s learning, as they enable members to maintain an overview and to keep knowledge and information organized.
The e-coaching community operates across several platforms:
Members of the Linkedin e-coaching group exchange ideas through the use of threaded discussion forums.
2. A knowledge repository
The website E-coaching Community of Practice provides an online space for storing our knowledge. It contains monthly summaries of the linkedin group´s discussions, members´articles, a wiki, member profiles, private messaging, files, videos.
3. This blog
This blog provides easy access- as no log in is required- to our collectively constructed knowledge base.
4. The E-coaching Journal
The E-coaching Journal aims to distribute selected articles from our community beyond the blog. It offers comfortable access from mobile phones, iPads and desktops.
What have we learned through our community?
In one year we have exchanged:
- Knowledge: Personal experiences and insights relating to various aspects of e-coaching, such as techniques, skills, lessons learned, experiences with various technologies.
- Information: Information was shared about available technologies, new tools that enhance coaching, information about events, relevant literature, ongoing research.
- Perspectives: We collected opinions and reflections on a variety of issues relating to e-coaching.
Some of the themes which emerged from our discussions and articles are the following:
- What is e-coaching?
- What are the benefits and challenges we associate with e-coaching?
- Which factors affect media selection?
- How might technology affect the coaching relationship?
- What experiences have we made with various coaching modalities?
3. E-coaching tools:
- Which e-coaching tools are currently available and how can they be used to enhance distance coaching processes?
- The duration of e-coaching sessions?
- Attracting clients?
- Which ethical issues might arise in e-coaching?
- Platforms for e-mentoring
- Relevant links
- The state of the empirical e-coaching research
- Ongoing research we learnt about
- Articles that members have written
- A list of references to literature which was shared in our community