Meet Professor Monica Bess

Jaime Dalbke

Monica BessNow that StraighterLine also offers professor-led online college courses, we thought you might want to know a little more about our professors. We’ve asked each of them to answer a series of questions to help you decide whether you want to enroll in their courses or stick with our more traditional self-paced courses. As with everything else here at StraighterLine, like publishing student course ratings and average pass rates, our goal is to give you the information you need to make the right choices for you.

And with that, it’s time for you to get to know Professor Monica Bess:

What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct?

The idea of being able to engage students and teach in an environment that will help them to grow and develop in the field that they choose.

What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should student’s signup for them?

I teach Business Communication and Business Ethics.  This are subjects that all students will need to learn and understand.  They will be able to enhance the skills that they already have and learn new skills that they can use right away.  As an instructor, I will provide students with the 1:1 attention that they need so that they will be able to grow and develop throughout their college experience.

What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?

I love the flexibility of teaching online.  Teaching in a non-traditional environment is very effective because it allows you to earn your degree without sacrificing your work and family life. I earned both my Undergraduate and MBA degrees online so I have first-hand knowledge of how successful a person can be in this environment.

Why did you become a professor?  What motivated you to become a teacher?

I became a professor because I enjoy teaching others and I enjoy helping individuals reach their goals.  It is such a great experience when you see individuals gaining knowledge that they did not have the opportunity to gain before.

What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?

I am a hands on learner.  I like to dive in and learn things that I am able to apply in my life at that time.  It helps me to retain the information a lot quicker.  I recommend that students try this as well.  When you are able to put the information to work, it becomes instilled in your mind and helps you to grow and develop.

Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.

I enjoy spending time with my family as well as shopping and exercising.

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