Defense Date

9-29-2006

Graduation Date

2006

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

EdD

Department

Instructional Technology (EdDIT)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Gibbs Y. Kanyongo

Committee Member

Diane Zosky

Committee Member

Misook Heo

Keywords

Computer Mediated Conference, Computer Mediated Discussion, Online Course, Online Instructor, Online Student, Telementor

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate online instructors' characteristics and preferences concerning telementors' characteristics and role during a computer mediated discussion. In addition, this work looked for relationships between online instructors' characteristics in correlation to their support for the utilization of telementoring. Two thousand online instructors from a convenience sample received a request to participate email that contained a link to an anonymous contingency survey. Of those contacted, 323 instructors responded to the survey. Online instructors responded to questions about their characteristics, level of support for telementoring, and perceptions on a telementor's characteristics and roles. Spearman rho tests for each variable were significant when certain variables were correlated with instructors previously assisted by a telementor. Results indicated that online instructors did not support the use of telementoring by the highest percentage. However, instructors who had been assisted by a telementor depicted support for telementoring. Of the telementors' characteristics and roles, online instructors who had been assisted by a telementor identified telementor training, interacting with students, providing technical support, and scholarly support as important characteristics and roles that a telementor should have.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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