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Scaling mentoring conversations to diversify talent pipelines: An interview with Mentor Spaces’ Chris Motley

By: Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute In the corporate world, online mentoring tools are not new. But what used to feel boutique is now increasingly going mainstream, with more companies exploring hybrid and virtual work options. In recent years, a few new companies have emerged that I’ve been watching for their potential to radically expand […]

What online mentoring format is most effective for engaging girls in STEM? New study has answers!

Stoeger, H., Heilemann, M., Debatin, T., Hopp, M. D. S., Schirner, S., & Ziegler, A. (2021). Nine years of online mentoring for secondary school girls in STEM: An empirical comparison of three mentoring formats. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 153–173. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14476 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although online mentoring is a promising […]

New study explores how online mentoring can benefit young professors’ professional growth

Dorner, H., Misic, G., & Rymarenko, M. (2021). Online mentoring for academic practice:  Strategies, implications, and innovations. Annals of the New York Academy of  Sciences, 1483(1), 98–111. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14301 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a need for higher education institutions to utilize new strategies to help young faculty members adapt to their […]

‘I Know I’m Not Alone’: The Importance of Mentors Right Now

Most mentoring programs have moved online, but some wait lists are long and the rare person-to-person connection is sorely missed. By Alix Strauss, New York Times Although mentoring programs are known for promoting youth development and well-being, the pandemic has made it hard for many programs to keep up with the increasing demand for their […]

Bringing mentoring online to support Canadian youth who have experienced cyberbullying

Sam, J., Wisener, K., Schuitemaker, N., & Jarvis-Selinger, S. A. (2018). Aboriginal Youth Experiences with Cyberbullying: A Qualitative Analysis of Aboriginal e-mentoring BC. International Journal of Indigenous Health. https://doi.org/10.18357/ijih.v13i1.30267 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of interest: Study examines 189 youth ages 11-17 and 119 mentors on effects on cyberbullying and if having […]

New study explores online mentoring for youth with physical disabilities

Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Leck, J., & Stinson, J. (2019). A 12-week electronic mentoring employment preparation intervention for youth with physical disabilities: Pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. doi:10.2196/12088 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This qualitative study describes the experience of 13 youth with physical disabilities who participated in a […]

Can “deep” relationships form in e-mentoring programs?

by Kevin O’Neill – Associate Professor, Education and Technology, Simon Fraser University Throughout my career, I have been developing, running, and studying a series of small school-based e-mentoring programs (each generally serving less than 100 youth) over the years. I began this work around 1993, and from the beginning my inclination was that face-to-face mentoring would be preferable wherever it was […]

Brief online “pep talks” can boost student learning

Brief online interventions that instill a “growth mindset” and a sense of purpose can improve learning, especially for struggling students. These interventions could potentially reach vast numbers of students at low cost. “Two interventions, each lasting about 45 minutes and delivered online, raised achievement in a large and diverse group of underperforming students over an […]