Ask a Professor! #EKUSummer Q & A with Molly McKinney
What better way to learn what #EKUSummer is really like than to ask a professor? Dr. Molly McKinney is an associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Administration. This summer, she is teaching HEA 380 (Mental Health Education), HEA 345 (Drugs, Individuals, and Society), and HEA 310 (Introduction to Global Health).
Q: What do you enjoy about teaching classes in the summer?
A: Things move quickly, but you barely realize it. I also love the flexibility and freedom of online summer classes. Sometimes I teach from my back porch in my pajamas or from the beach at the lake. You can take your class anywhere!
Q: What are some benefits students get from taking online classes in the summer?
A: You can still work, travel, sleep late while taking online classes. You can “come to class” in your pajamas or from the beach when you take online classes. Also, summer online courses don’t cost that much more, unlike during fall and spring semesters.
Q: What types of classes do you recommend students choose to take in summer?
A: I think it depends on the student. If a student is really struggling with a course, it may be a good idea to take it during the summer so he or she may focus on that particular subject. For other students, this is a great opportunity to knock out some Gen Eds or major courses. If you have recently changed majors, summer classes can really help you stay on track to graduate.
Q: How are classes conducted?
A: We do not have scheduled meeting times in my online courses. Students will be expected to complete the assigned readings, then they will participate in various online discussion boards. To be successful in online summer courses, it does require some self-discipline. Students are ultimately responsible for keeping up with the work.
Q: What are some hallmarks of successful students in your online classes? What can students do to prepare for success?
A: Read your syllabus. That is the contract between the professor and the student. Know when assignments are due and what is expected of you, as the student. Stay on top of things. In summer, it is easy to get distracted with other things. Be sure to set aside time for your class work.
Published on April 23, 2019