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Using e‐mentoring to sustain distance training and education

Daniel James Homitz (The Engle Group, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA)
Zane L. Berge (UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 23 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to examine e‐mentoring as a way to sustain distance training and education.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper describes a framework for sustaining distance training and education by adding e‐mentoring (mentoring over the internet). It also explores the role of mentors, the benefits of the programs to the mentor and the sponsoring organizations, and ways of overcoming challenges faced by e‐mentoring in distance training and education.

Findings

One effective and cost‐effective way to monitor and improve the effectiveness of training and education in the workplace is to involve expert peers, subject matter experts, and managers in a mentoring or coaching capacity.

Originality/value

The article shows a cost‐effective way to monitor and improve the effectiveness of training and education in the workplace.

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Citation

Homitz, D.J. and Berge, Z.L. (2008), "Using e‐mentoring to sustain distance training and education", The Learning Organization, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 326-335. https://doi.org/10.1108/09696470810879574

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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