Downloadable Software for Mentoring
In order to chat with learners and mentors online, eLearningspace uses America Online’s Instant Messanger (AOL IM). You can obtain a copy of AOL IM by visiting America Online (http://aim.aol.com) or by following the link we have provided, below to our own archived version of the software.Download AOL IM now!
Tutorial on AOL IM.
More sophisticated audio/video conferencing is available if you download Microsoft NetMeeting from Microsoft’s site at
A typical NetMeeting session is shown to the left. Participants can see each other and speak (via a microphone and speakers). A lowcost Webcam (available for as little as $40 retail) is adequate, but you can also get by with just a microphone and speakers, or a headset, if you can get by without seeing the person your talking to. NetMeeting also has a text chat facility, just like AOL IM, in case you don’t have any multimedia equipment, or in case one of the multimedia components is not working.
Coming Soon! Lingua MOO
We have not yet created the eLs Lingua MOO. So, currently we demo the original one. A MOO is a "place." It is often constructed like a building and can have courtyards and other places that imitate a school setting.
There are tools in each room to show slides, to visit web pages, etc.
Notice, that the visual appearance of where you are is shown in the right side. The Lingua MOO has combined both the features of immediate chat and web-based graphics. This is the reason we have chosen it for eLs.
Mentor-Matcher is under construction. In eLearning Tracker there is a button that asks eLearningspace to locate the most appropriate online Mentor for the current material that the learner is viewing on the web. Using a feature sometimes found on web site searchs - "find similar" - use this feature to match up Mentors with the current learning needs.
A special agent sits between the AOL Instant Messager client of the learner and the AOL IM client of the mentor, and begins the chat session. The Mentor has already been provided with the web page the Learner is viewing, so the Mentor knows the "context" of the Learner's questions.
Click here for the White Paper presented at the October, 2002, AACE conference describing Mentor-Matcher. (Requires an Acrobat document reader.)