Research Center Fellowship

Research Center Fellowship

Correlation between e-Mentors and Learners Perceptions of Competency Model in Completing Online Doctoral Dissertations Abstract: The advent of completing doctoral dissertations in an online environment is to be considered a natural extension of the technological process change in today’s world of technology permeating our lives. The process followed for centuries of completing a dissertation conducted over years with intensive in-person consultation with committees has given way to the completion of doctoral dissertations in a collaborative online learning environment. However, there is little evidence gathered to measure the importance ratings of e-mentoring core competencies in an online environment and it is unclear if there is any disparity between e-mentors and learners’ perceptions about importance of e-mentors’ core competencies. Guided by the theory of e-mentoring competencies, the focus of this research study will be to identify importance of e-mentor competencies based on e-mentors and learners’ perceptions. Additionally, the determination will be made to examine the relationship between the importance of e-mentor competencies as perceived by the learners and e-mentors through a quantitative method with a correlational design. The purposeful sample will be 68 e-mentors and learners from university online doctoral programs volunteering through social media groups. Spearman’s rho will be used for data analysis. The results will be useful to identify important E-M competencies and share them with e-mentors to improve the quality of dissertation e-mentoring.