About a month ago, we published an article titled The Reality of Online Higher Education, Part One: The Learners’ Perspective. We interviewed four recent CalSouthern graduates—two from the School of Business, two from the School of Behavioral Sciences—and the result was a wide-ranging conversation touching on a number of critical topics from misconceptions about online learning to study techniques, as well as tips for balancing one’s professional and family lives while pursuing a degree online. It was a fascinating discussion, candid and informative.
This time around, it’s the faculty’s turn. In the second of this two-part series, we interviewed four outstanding Faculty Mentors—again, two each from the psychology and business departments—to learn from their perspectives on issues including how to optimize the student-faculty relationship, characteristics shared by their most accomplished students (and common mistakes that trip up otherwise successful learners), and ways in which to leverage certain learning styles to the students’ benefit.
We urge you to check it out. If you’re a prospective student, it will give you a valuable view of the actualities of online higher education—from the front lines. If you’re a current CalSouthern learner, we’re sure that you’ll come away with a number of ideas for enhancing your own studies, as well as better understanding of your faculty mentors’ point of view on issues of importance. And be sure to add your comments to let us know what you think!