Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Project DAVES: An Exploratory Study of Social Presence, E-Mentoring, and Vocational Counseling Support in Community College Courses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2012

Keywords

E-mentoring, Social presence, Community colleges, Vocational counseling

Publication Title

Internet and Higher Education

ISSN

1096-7516

Volume

15

Issue/No.

2

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

A FIPSE-funded project was designed to provide support and training to community college faculty electronically, and to develop a model to offer innovative, interactive strategies to support their students' academic and career needs. The goal of the mentoring/coaching program has been to support instructors in their online efforts, provide resources and assistance to students, and create a community of learning for all. The examination of the process was framed and guided by the concept of social presence theory. Data collected included mentors' weekly logs, researcher-generated weekly prompts, and bi-monthly focus groups. All data were analyzed qualitatively using open and axial coding. Results indicate that creating social presence may depend, in part, on having an authentic, clearly defined role. Reflections throughout the process required continuous revisions to the plans.

DOI

10.1016/j.iheduc.2011.08.001

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