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Connected: Online mentoring in Facebook for final year digital media students
McCarthy, Josh

PublishedMarch 2012
SeriesCollaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources
Chapter 11, Pages 204-221
PublisherIGI Global
EditorsOkada, Alexandra · Connolly, Teresa · Peters, Scott

ABSTRACT
This study explores the efficacy of open educational resources and online social network sites in linking digital media students with industry through an e-mentoring scheme, to enhance employment prospects and promote professional networking. It reports on the progress made from 2009 to 2010, within a postgraduate program at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Over one semester, eighteen students in 2009 and sixteen students in 2010 engaged with their peers and a group of mentors through an online forum within Facebook. Students were required to submit work-in-progress imagery online, after which, industry representatives would provide feedback and critiques, allowing students to generate embryonic professional connections with industry. Over the two years, students responded positively to the experience, citing professional networking and peer feedback as key outcomes. Industry representatives noted the interactive platform of the online group, and the ability to engage with potential employees as benefits of the scheme. The project expanded in 2011, through international collaboration with Penn State University in the United States.

Keywords case study · collaboration · e-mentoring · Facebook · OER efficacy · research · web 2.0

Languageen
ISBNISBN13: 9781466603004, ISBN10: 1466603003, EISBN13: 9781466603011
DOI10.4018/978-1-4666-0300-4.ch011
URLhttp://www.igi-global.com/chapter/connected-online-mentoring-facebook-final/64407
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