Mentoring is especially conducive to the online environment. We talked earlier about facilitating instruction and coaching students. Mentoring is a form of teaching that enables students and encourages them as a guide rather than a provider of knowledge. Mentors serve as the model for expected behaviors while challenging students to perform at higher levels.
In regards to online learning, instructors can mentor and model behavior in several ways.
- Offer your own personal experiences in discussion boards.
- Include examples of assignments or projects so the students know what is an example of exemplary work.
- Try some case studies or role play exercises in which you can constructively offer feedback and encourage expected behaviors.
- Be accessible through email for questions.