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Research Line: a new design for better information sharing and storage between mentors and students in the E-mentoring process

Guo, Mengran (2017) Research Line: a new design for better information sharing and storage between mentors and students in the E-mentoring process.

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Abstract:As one of the major publishing companies, Elsevier wants to enhance the mentor-student relationship through the Mendeley Group to attract more users and increase its impact in academia. One kind of mentor-student relationship is mentoring. Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support as relevant to work, career, or professional development. Advances in Information Communication Technology are bringing new opportunities to the mentoring process. E-mentoring, the mentoring relationship via online software is gradually playing an important role. Various tools have been used to share and store information in the E-mentoring process. But the delayed updating of the student’s research progress, the missing of important information, and other challenges exhibit the inefficient and ineffective information sharing and storage, affecting the mentor-student relationship. Aiming at reaching better information sharing and storage in the E-mentoring process, we conduct this study in three steps. First, we identify the challenges mentors and students have in the current E-mentoring process through the user interviews. Second, we propose a new design based on the challenge and develop the hi-fi prototypes. Third, we evaluate the new design using both quantitative studies and qualitative studies. The results of the evaluations suggest that the new design has potential in providing the better information sharing and storage process. We recommend a long-term evaluation with bigger sample size, explicit benchmark and objective measurements in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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