Berkeley Today Stories
Online students are encouraged to get involved and empowered to succeed.
Berkeley College Online® Provides a Supportive Learning Environment
Berkeley College Online® provides a supportive learning environment and opportunities for students to engage both inside and outside the classroom. Online students are encouraged to participate in programs, workshops, clubs, and events that empower them to succeed academically, while also providing a connection to the college community.
“Faculty and support staff take a very proactive approach to connecting with our online students via email, phone, and videoconferencing,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online.
Distance learners at Berkeley College have access to a wide variety of webinars covering such topics as organizing a home workspace, test taking tips, how to ace a job interview, and making the most of the internship experience. Through virtual career fairs hosted by the Career Services Department, online students gain access to potential employers.
Through the online library, students have access to more than 80,000 eBooks, as well as professional journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and a growing collection of documentary and informational films. A live chat reference service is available to online students more than 80 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.
Online students are active in the college community
Online students can join Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda, the Fashion Club, the Law and Justice Club, the Book Club, and the Film Club. In addition, they can serve as writers, photographers, or designers for the Berkeley Bold magazine. Online students have the option of attending club and organization meetings at an on-site location, or via conference calls and video conferencing. Students also participate in community outreach programs such as virtual coat or food drives.
In celebration of National Distance Learning Week, an annual event sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association, Berkeley College Online hosts a variety of virtual programs including scavenger hunts, essay contests, and coffee houses in which students are invited to submit poetry readings, dramatic monologues, or vocal/musical performances via video or audio formats.
Berkeley College student Lois Lezuabah became even more involved in the college community when she transferred to Berkeley College Online in her fourth quarter. Ms. Lezuabah is a member of the Online Student Advisory Board and serves as a Berkeley College Online Peer Mentor, offering advice and guidance to new online students.
“I reach out to my mentees every week to make sure they are doing OK and to answer any of their questions. It’s a very rewarding experience,” said Ms. Lezuabah, an Honors student, who is on track to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management in December 2015.
The online peer mentorship program is very selective, with high-achieving students being nominated to serve as mentors by faculty and associates. Final selection is made following an interview process. The successful program is a win-win for both mentors and menthes.
“Mentors have the opportunity to improve their written communication skills while also serving as role models to their peers,” said Nicole Turnbull, Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Berkeley College Online. “For new students, this program provides regular contact with a mentor who offers advice and tips on how to succeed as an online student.”
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