Molloy Dean Amy Gaimaro in the News

Making the Most of Online Learning

October 2018 - The HIA-LI Reporter
With today's online program choices, continuing your education has never been easier and more accessible. Online learning is an attractive option because it affords students with the greatest flexibility while balancing personal and professional obligations. However, it can be challenging for some, and with helpful tips and careful program research, online learning can be an engaging and rewarding learning experience.

Colleges and universities have spent many years focusing on delivering quality programs to students who choose this flexible format. From expanding student support services to quality faculty preparedness, make sure you know the reputation of the school and do not hesitate to ask questions. For example, colleges that offer online student orientation resources can provide students with an easier transition to the online learning environment. Keep in mind, online students should have access to the same resources and support as campus-based students.

Still not sure if online learning is the right fit for you. Here are eight tips that will help you decide if you are ready to be an online student.

  1. Take time to research the program of choice. Make sure you are receiving the desired credential before committing to an online program.
  2. Confirm technical requirements. Ensure you have a computer available on a regular basis to login and complete your online work.
  3. Prepare a quiet space to complete assignments. Distractions can halt your progress in successfully getting your work done.
  4. Set aside time throughout the week to complete the required online work and avoid getting overwhelmed. Review the syllabus carefully and note important dates listed on the course schedule.
  5. Submit your work early. If you experience any technical issues, it's a good idea to address them early in the week instead of experiencing problems at the last minute.
  6. Keep all technical support contact information in a readily available location for future reference.
  7. If you have a question, do not hesitate to reach out to your instructor immediately. Online instructors respond quickly to student communications. The sooner you reach out, then the sooner you will receive a response.
  8. Get to know your advisor so you stay on track with your studies. Advisors can answer questions related to program progression and available support resources.

Earning your credential online can open opportunities for you to advance your career in ways that were not possible in the past. With the latest instructional technology, learners are equipped with the necessary tools to be successful in an online classroom. Some examples of technology tools used in an online classroom include interactive presentations, video recordings and web conferencing. Such tools enhance the student learning experience. Actively engaging with current technology, as well as participating in discussions with faculty and peers, can result in more meaningful learning experiences and create stronger bonds among class participants. Today, online learning has made education attainable for working professionals while striking the balance of life's many demands.

Amy Gaimaro, D.B.A. 
Dean of Innovative Delivery Methods