Mr. Paul Roza
Mr. Roza obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Pittsburgh. He later received a Master’s degree in Divinity at New Brunswick University and a Master’s in Fine Arts and Theater at Brooklyn College.
He has taught at Mount Saint Mary College for 8 years. The classes include: Arts and Letters, Basic Writing, English Composition, Philosophy and Religion, Bible Course, Testament, Business Ethics, World Religions, and Religion and Personal Growth. He currently teaches fully online courses which are Business Ethics, World Religions, and Religion and Personal Growth.
His definition of hybrid learning is that “it is 80% online and 20% face to face interaction. It is an accelerated schedule where people can work on their own schedule and meet in class at least once a week.” His experience with hybrid learning includes Business Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy.
He has experience with only one LMS which is Moodle/eClass. He feels that eClass benefits him by because it has a sense of job security since it gives a part time job for a “retired” individual. For population groups such as adult learners, the LMS provides flexibility so they don’t have to make huge adjustments in their career and lifestyle. With online learning, “it lays it all out there for them and they do what they need to do to accomplish their courses.” Online learning gives a more reflective way in discussion on people’s thoughts and opinions which he utilizes in his class. He feels as though it may not be as helpful in a more science-related course, but for courses such as Philosophy, it is very helpful. He also feels that online communication benefits for those who are “shy” because it helps them open themselves in a more “safer” environment.
What he doesn’t find helpful with online learning is the immediacy of face to face interaction. He receives so much more emails and finds it easier when students can ask him questions face to face. Also, there can be technical difficulties at times, but there are resources if help is needed. He admits that it was a lot of work to “build” an online class. He was frustrated in the beginning, but help was there such as with the Office of Online Learning. He also has his family for assistance such as his sons if he had any questions while at home.
Modalities that he utilizes while using eClass are videos, discussion boards, quizzes, and papers. He recommends future faculty to formulate your courses and when you have it built on eClass you can just make minor adjustments as you go on. He also suggests using your resources to help build a successful course. You should be mindful of the population you are having to teach. Everyone is different including the instructor. He tends to extend time on assignments for students on occasion such as due stressful lives or events. He believes online learning is an education process. As long as you can be fair and accommodating to your students, the outcome can be positive.