Flexible Learning Opportunities At Molloy
By Janine Baron | MolloyLife Media | News Content Editor
Online learning is the current buzzword in education. Just turn on your television or radio, and ads bombard you, urging you to "attend class in your pajamas." Is online learning all that it appears to be? We decided to look into one of the best-kept secrets on campus, the Office of Blended Online Learning and Student Success. This office overseas flexible learning opportunities at the college, or Molloy FLO as it's better known.
Molloy FLO is responsible for helping professors take their regular face to face classes and create either online and hybrid versions, which would make classes more accessible to students. If you have registered for a "hybrid" course this semester, then you have already experienced Molloy FLO at work. Molloy FLO is headed by Dr. Amy Gaimaro. Dr. Gaimaro is the Dean of Innovative Delivery Methods, and her job is to lead a team of dedicated professionals whose goal is to advance Molloy's mission of academic excellence in alternative delivery formats for the Office of Academic Affairs.
This branch of academic services was designed specifically to meet the needs of the student who would love to return to school and complete their degree but needs the flexibility to meet their professional and personal responsibilities. The FLO office currently runs two programs; online and blended programs.
When asked about the role of Molloy FLO here on campus, Dr. Gaimaro stated, "Our office works collaboratively with academic units to expand educational opportunities outside the walls of a traditional classroom. Through this, we are able to offer our full support to faculty and students who are using our programs to teach and learn in hybrid and online course format."
One of the rarest, most prime examples of the positive effects of Molloy FLO is Brendan Caputo. Brendan is an incredibly uncommon instance because not only does he currently work as a Student Solution Center Representative, he is also a student in the Ed.D. Cohort and a professor within the Freshman Studies and Communication Arts departments. When asked about his own personal experience with FLO, he was quoted saying, "As a hybrid educator, it is important for me to utilize class time wisely in person to supplement the class time we spend online. However, on the other hand, as a student in a hybrid course, I have to manage my time well and communicate often with my professor using CANVAS and email. It is imperative for me to read the syllabus and respect the timeline given by the professor so that I stay on track and don't fall behind!"
For many, having the opportunity to take a hybrid or online class can definitely be a great experience. Online learning allows students to have access to a variety of courses to supplement their course load or help students take a course that they might have missed out on due to scheduling conflicts.
Some caveats before signing up for a hybrid or online course: be sure to manage your time, and to keep up with the demands of the coursework. It is also important to recognize your learning style. Much of the studies are guided instruction, so if you are a self-starter, an online course may be the right fit for you.
There is much to learn by participating in online learning or a hybrid course, and if you have the opportunity to take one, you should. It is definitely one you will not regret.