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Guide to Effective Skills for Online Student Success?

Interview with Betty Parker Blackmon

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Our world was turned upside down by the pandemic, and education was forever altered. Betty Blackmon's new book "Guide to Effective Skills for Online Student Success" is an indispensable guide for any online student. In this book, students will learn how to succeed in any online curriculum by emphasizing self-directed peer support. Her top priority is to make a positive impact on her students' lives and help them achieve their online education goals.

Betty has over 20 years of teaching experience at The University Of Kansas, Central Missouri University, and the University Of Missouri Kansas City. In addition, she has taught online education for over ten years. As we celebrate Women's History Month, I wanted to share some information about Betty Blackmon, as she is a woman of impact. Pandemic or not, teaching can be a very challenging job. I think it's important to honor our female teachers during this month dedicated to women.

Continue reading for an exclusive interview.

Why was it important for you to write " Guide To Effective Skills For Online Student Success?"

When I found out that the students enrolled in online courses due to the pandemic were unable to find solutions to the problems they were encountering in their classes, I decided to write a book for them. So many at-risk students dropped out, losing the money they had expended. They became overwhelmed and delayed their opportunity to complete higher education. Research indicates that higher education is a way to uplift and change your trajectory in life.

Can you tell us what inspired you to become an educator?

My mentor referred me to a position teaching workshops for nonprofit organizations. This position led to another instructor position. I liked teaching and continued to teach at various colleges and universities, becoming a tenured associated professor. As a professor, I provided students with the skills to successfully prepare them for careers they would later do.

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Who did you primarily write this book for?

Students enrolled in College online courses. I want them to manage the online courses and overcome the barriers involved in online that may get in their way. Online courses provide an alternative way of completing their education when they have challenges that prevent them from going to the physical location. Some students don't realize that this is another way to learn and that it is not a lower form of education.

If your book could leave students with only one lesson, what would that be?

Barriers to education are not insurmountable, and resources are available to achieve your goals.

What is your favorite part about your job in academia?

I found it fulfilling to design innovative systems that allow students to learn concepts and theories that create excitement in courses. Learning is challenging, achievable, and exciting. I enjoy watching students explore complex ideas using complex ways of thinking.

Are you working on anything else at the moment?

I am working on a complex, challenging book that invites the reader to engage in critical thinking and problem solving for twenty-first-century issues of racism—managing racism in a world that asks you to avoid and deny the presence of racism. Imagine living in a world where you experience or observe it. Yet leaders are creating laws that squash your freedom to discuss it, read about it. I haven't named it.

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