E-mentoring was another one of the themes for discussion in our e-coaching community. Members shared relevant articles and information about e-mentoring platforms. A summary of the information we gathered on this topic is provided below.
“The fit mentor: An introduction to mentoring”
A video by Michael Heath, which was shared in our e-coaching group.
What are the objectives of e-mentoring platforms?
According to our members, objectives of e-mentoring platforms may be:
- To develop an understanding of what mentoring is and how it might benefit individuals
- To allow access and gain experience of high impact online learning and become certified as a “mentor” and/or “mentee”
- To find and select a mentor through a matching space
- To build a Community of Practice amongst members where they can engage in discussion, feedback and learning forums
- To provide access to ongoing learning materials to support individuals´ mentoring journey
Which features do e-mentoring platforms include?
E-mentoring platforms, according to our members, may include:
- Information about how mentoring will benefit mentees
- Information about the different types of mentoring available
- Online learning, i.e. courses and learning materials
- Mentors´ profiles and a matching tool to match mentors and mentees
- Ongoing learning and support
- Structured forums to develop ongoing engagement and learning
Two e-mentoring platforms were introduced to our e-coaching group:
i) Coaching Cloud
AskMax (http://angusmcleod.com/exec-coaching/ask-max/) is an e-mentoring product, which supports teams of executives to improve performance, clear up issues, and change. As Prof. Angus McLeod shared in our group:
“ We found that many executives were able to become more efficient at work because they had to put their immediate issue into a written form that would make sense to others. That process alone, helped them to off-load and concentrate again on their real work”
McLeod, A. ( 2010). AskMax.co.uk.Web-Based Mentoring. In Clutterbuck, D. & Hussein, Z. (eds) Virtual Coach, Virtual Mentor,Charlotte, NC: Information Age Pub.
Zey, M.G. (2011) Virtual Mentoring: The Challenges and Opportunities of Electronically-Mediated Formal Mentor Programs, Montclair State University, Montclair.