Monitor on Psychology - January 2012 - (Page 60)

Making e-learning work Boost your students’ success with these tips for teaching online. B Y A MY N OVOTNEY I t’s 10 a.m. on a Monday. Do you know where your Psych 101 students are? It’s becoming more likely that they aren’t in your classroom. Nearly 30 percent of higher education students now take at least one course online, and that number is on the rise, according to a College Board survey. It found that more than 5.6 million students took at least one online course in fall 2009, a 21 percent increase over the previous year. As the technology advances, chances are most psychology educators will be asked to teach an online course at some point. To help psychology professors meet the increasing demand for online instruction, the Monitor compiled these tips for effective online teaching, based on recent research, observation and the experiences of those who have been doing it for years: • Promote schedule flexibility. One of the greatest advantages of online education is that students who can’t make it to class — including people with disabilities, military personnel, parents and students with full-time jobs — can more easily complete their coursework. Now, researchers are even finding that this flexibility may spur more critical thinking. A 2008 study in the Journal of Education for Business (Vol. 84, No. 2) by Oral Roberts University researchers found that when instructors and students interacted mainly through discussion boards rather than 60 M o n i t o r o n p s y c h o l o g y • J a n u a ry 2 0 1 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - January 2012

Monitor on Psychology - January 2012
President’s Column
From the CEO
Apa’s Statement on the Dsm-5 Development Process
Girl Scouts Badge Promotes Positive Psychology
Early Investments Pay Off for Poor Children, Study Finds
Apa Meets With Chinese Psychological Society to Further Interaction and Exchange
Unique Opportunity for Psychologists to Travel to Cuba
In Brief
Government Relations Update
On Your Behalf
Psychology’s Growing Library of Podcasts
Standing Up for Psychology
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Time Capsule
Science Watch
Beyond Psychotherapy
Perspective on Practice
Yes, Recovery Is Possible
Inequity to Equity
Making E-Learning Work
New Standards for High School Psychology
A Trailblazer Moves On
Psychologist Profile
Plan Now for Psychology’s Regional Meetings
New Journal Editors
Apa News
Division Spotlight
American Psychological Foundation

Monitor on Psychology - January 2012