Associate Professor of Education
Title V. Project Director
Carlos Albizu University, Miami
Dr. Floralba Arbelo has had the privilege of teaching, mentoring students, and participating in community based education in the United States and in the Caribbean. Her areas of expertise include research methods, curriculum development, distance education, youth development, nonprofit management, and grant writing. Dr. Arbelo mentors graduate students in their research for qualifying degrees. Her own research centers on Hispanic student achievement, Hispanic Serving Institutions, student retention, and online teaching and learning. Dr. Arbelo earned her bachelor degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a master’s degree The New School for Public Engagement, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
By: Floralba Arbelo, Ed.D; Carlos Albizu University, Miami Campus
Karli Martin, M.S.; Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at Carlos Albizu University; and
Ailema Frigerio, PsyD; School Psychologist, Miami Dade Public Schools
This study focused on understanding Hispanic post traditional college students’ perceptions of the factors of success in an online learning environment at a Hispanic Serving Institution in the United States. Survey, interview, and focus group data indicate that Hispanic post traditional students assert that hybrid learning, social interactions, faculty communication, and independent learning behaviors contribute to successful outcomes in online learning. Furthermore, Hispanic students learn best when engaged with peers and faculty, have access to a brick and mortar institution with support services, and consider face to face interaction important to their learning experiences.