The many faces of mentoring in an MMORPG

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, David Huffaker, Jing Wang, Jeff Treem, Dinesh Kumar, Marshall Scott Poole, Jaideep Srivastava

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Abstract

Mentoring refers to the phenomenon where a more skilled or knowledgeable person helps a less skilled or less knowledgeable person gain skill in a particular domain. In this paper we study the phenomenon of mentoring in a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). We identify four different types of mentoring, which map to several important motivational features. We then measure the social networks of mentors at multiple levels, and propose a network model to describe the emergence and evolution of mentoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - SocialCom 2010
Subtitle of host publication2nd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, PASSAT 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust
Pages270-275
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 29 2010
Event2nd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom 2010, 2nd IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust, PASSAT 2010 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2010Aug 22 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - SocialCom 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, PASSAT 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust

Other

Other2nd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom 2010, 2nd IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust, PASSAT 2010
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period8/20/108/22/10

Keywords

  • MMORGP
  • Mentoring
  • Mentoring networks
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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    Ahmad, M. A., Huffaker, D., Wang, J., Treem, J., Kumar, D., Poole, M. S., & Srivastava, J. (2010). The many faces of mentoring in an MMORPG. In Proceedings - SocialCom 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, PASSAT 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (pp. 270-275). [5591216] (Proceedings - SocialCom 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, PASSAT 2010: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust). https://doi.org/10.1109/SocialCom.2010.45