Crystal Machado, professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education, published a chapter titled "Beyond Coursework: Creating Digital Co-Mentoring Spaces for Graduate and Post-Graduate Student-Faculty Productivity" in Laura E. Gray and Shernette D. Dunn’s edited book Incorporating the Human Element in Online Teaching and Learning. 


Over the last few decades, institutions of higher education have begun to offer a wide range of graduate programs in traditional, hybrid, and online formats. This has made education more accessible to diverse, nontraditional students with busy schedules. While there is an abundance of research that describes online course design and instruction, fewer studies describe how faculty have begun to change the ways they mentor nontraditional students with full-time jobs, children, and limited access to campus and faculty. This chapter addresses this gap in the literature by describing how an education professor and doctoral students overcame the barriers of time and space by using the co-mentoring-based reciprocity, grounded in humanizing pedagogy, to create digital spaces for mutually beneficial teaching and scholarship projects. Readers can critique the five illustrative examples, draw inspiration from them, and consider ways in which they can tap into the benefits of creating digital spaces for co-mentoring.

This book is available online.