Exploring e-mentoring: co-designing & un-platforming

Aseel Alhadlaq, Ahmed Kharrufa, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

The underrepresentation of women in the STEM workforce is a global issue. In Saudi Arabia, women constitute 48% of undergraduates in STEM, but their participation in STEM careers remains particularly low. We explored the current state of e-mentoring, and the potential for co-designing to enhance e-mentoring experiences for youth in the Saudi context. We report on how we sought to understand the opportunities, barriers and requirements of e-mentoring for young women in Saudi Arabia through (1) the application of a traditional programme of STEM e-mentoring, (2) workshops on the redesign of e-mentoring, and (3) a co-design activity as the first phase of an alternative e-mentoring process. The study demonstrated that the traits of the participants’ generation had a major effect on the findings; more so than cultural norms. This means that the findings have wider implications than just within the Saudi context. We identify a number of recommendations for designing e-mentoring programmes for young women and teenagers, including un-platforming traditional approaches to e-mentoring and the inclusion of co-design activities as a first step in the e-mentoring process.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • co-design
  • E-mentoring
  • generation Z
  • teenagers
  • un-platforming
  • youth

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Exploring e-mentoring : co-designing & un-platforming. / Alhadlaq, Aseel; Kharrufa, Ahmed; Olivier, Patrick.

In: Behaviour and Information Technology, 08.01.2019.

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