Irene Atamian | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

e-Mentoring Platform for First-Generation College Students

Irene Atamian, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

First-generation college students currently struggle to enter and complete college. The project’s goal is to alleviate challenges first-generation students face in high school to enter college and specifically to increase educational aspirations as it pertains to going college, increase knowledge and confidence about the college application, and increase guidance and encouragement to attend college through an e-mentoring platform. The platform focuses on peer learning and mentoring and is modeled on the Electronic Socio-Emotional Support framework. Through this e-mentoring platform, first-generation college students will become familiarized with college preparation/application timeframes. First-generation students will also be able to obtain the instrumental and emotional support needed to complete a college application related task. Finally, first-generation college students will become exposed to benefits of going to college and college culture through interactions with mentors who will share their personal histories and college experiences. 

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