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Cases on Online Tutoring, Mentoring and Educational Services: Practices and Applications
Gary A. Berg
The Electronic Emissary is a Web-based service and resource center that helps teachers and students with Internet access locate mentors who are experts in various disciplines, then plan and engage in curriculum-based learning.. In this way, the interaction that occurs among teachers and students face-to-face in the classroom is supplemented and extended by electronic mail, Web forum, chat, and audio/videoconferencing exchanges that occur among participating teachers, students, and volunteer mentors. These project-based online conversations typically range in length from 6 weeks to a full academic year, as students’ needs and interests dictate. When the issues being explored are multi-disciplinary, technically and conceptually sophisticated, or dependent upon current and highly specialized research and theory, additional expertise must be made directly available to students and teachers longitudinally, and on an as-needed basis. This is what telementoring offers to learners and educators today, and what the Electronic Emissary brings to students and teachers worldwide.
Harris, J. (2010). Facilitated telementoring for K-12 students and teachers. In Berg, G.A. (Ed.). Cases on online tutoring, mentoring and educational services: Practices and applications (pp. 1-11). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.