OLC Operations & Faculty Support: Beth Fiock

We chatted with Beth Fiock (’08,’14) this past week, our Representative for Operations & Faculty Support:

Please tell us about yourself and your background. Born and spent my childhood in St. Louis, MO. Due to my dad’s job with the Department of Defense, we moved to Huntsville, AL in 1997 (there is a big ARMY base down there, Redstone Arsenal). Then came back to STL for college (Webster!) and haven’t left since! I also recently got married and my husband and I have a Husky/Hound mix named Moxie!

What do you do in your free time? My husband and I Pokemon Hunt (yes, we still play that game!), but that means a lot of walking in parks all over the St. Louis area. STL has some beautiful parks! I also volunteer at the APA of Missouri with Moxie. We educate youngsters about animal safety. The rest of my time is take up with Netflix binging and crafting.

How long have you been with Webster? I started my undergraduate degree here in 2004, and my professional career started in August 2013.

How do you help Webster University Online students and faculty? In my position, I am a catch all for faculty who need assistance. I mostly help with facilitating Incompletes and random questions they may have about WorldClassRoom. I also help facilitate WebNet+ courses. WebNet+ courses are courses that meet regularly each week but are connected to other students using video conferencing software. These courses are different from our online courses because they often meet at a campus location and happen live.

Being in the OLC you answer many questions from faculty (and occasionally students). What are some of our faculty or students’ frequently asked questions that you think would be worth sharing. WebNet+ classes are not online courses, they just have online components! Find out more about WebNet+.

What part of your job is the most satisfying? One of my favorite parts of my job is teaching faculty how to best utilize WordlClassRoom. I slowly walk them through what WCR can offer, and once you see that lightbulb turn on, you know they you helped them create the best learning environment for their students!

Do you have any advice for students? STUDY ABROAD! I studied abroad in Vienna, Austria. I only went for a term (8 week) because I thought I didn’t have enough money. Even if you have to take out a bigger loan or you have to borrow money from somewhere, you should try to stay abroad as long as you can. You will learn so much about yourself and the world during your time away. That is my one mistake from college; I didn’t study abroad long enough.

What’s your favorite part about being a Gorlok?  I know this may sound sappy, but I had been in love with Webster’s campus since I was a child. My mom would take me to shows at the Loretto Hilton and even from that young age, Webster just felt like home. Being a Gorlok means I received a well rounded education, I not only learned about Art History (my undergrad degree, 2008), but also about making movies, acting in plays, event planning, and managing my own business.