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E-Mentoring in Higher Education: A Structured Literature Review and Implications for Future Research

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Programme in Education in the Knowledge Society, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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Research and Diagnostic Methods in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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Department of Computer Science and Automation, Faculty of Science, University of Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4344; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114344
Received: 6 May 2020 / Revised: 22 May 2020 / Accepted: 24 May 2020 / Published: 26 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Opportunities and Challenges for the Future of Open Education)
Mentoring in higher education helps learners acclimate to a new academic topic, increases the likelihood of academic success, and reduces attrition. Learners rely on the expertise and experience of mentors to help them graduate in a timely manner and advance on to their career. As online and distance education becomes more pervasive, computer-mediated mentoring allows learners to connect with their mentors in new ways. Research about mentoring in higher education includes investigations into the efficacy of virtual or e-mentoring. We conducted a literature review of research from 2009 to 2019 to identify relevant elements for implementing e-mentoring programs in higher education. Our research revealed that there is a consistent interest in the subject matter within educational research; however, there is a gap on virtual mentoring in higher education for students conducting offsite internships. Our research reviews e-mentoring programs, identifies how these programs are evaluated, identifies factors of successful programs, and establishes a research agenda in areas of e-mentoring programs for students in offsite internships and how they can be structured to achieve the same level of success. View Full-Text
Keywords: open educational resources; e-mentoring; higher education; literature review; mapping; sustainable education open educational resources; e-mentoring; higher education; literature review; mapping; sustainable education
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Tinoco-Giraldo, H.; Torrecilla Sánchez, E.M.; García-Peñalvo, F.J. E-Mentoring in Higher Education: A Structured Literature Review and Implications for Future Research. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114344

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Tinoco-Giraldo H, Torrecilla Sánchez EM, García-Peñalvo FJ. E-Mentoring in Higher Education: A Structured Literature Review and Implications for Future Research. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114344

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Tinoco-Giraldo, Harold; Torrecilla Sánchez, Eva M.; García-Peñalvo, Francisco J. 2020. "E-Mentoring in Higher Education: A Structured Literature Review and Implications for Future Research" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114344

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