Online Teaching

Principles to Improve Instructional Videos’ Effectiveness

This is an article on The Effortful Educator from Blake Harvard (Twitter: @effortfuleduktr) that reviews “Five ways to increase the effectiveness of instructional video.” Going forward, because more of us will need to create videos for our courses, we should learn as much as we can about making those videos as effective as possible. In …

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Video: How-To Create a #BetterPoster

An in-depth presentation from Mike Morrison (you can find him on Twitter @MikeMorrison) about the need for a #betterposter. If this doesn’t convince you that we need to revamp how we present scientific information at conferences, nothing will. Want to find templates for creating better posters? Click here. The next video is a deeper dive …

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Investigating Claims Made by the Media

This assignment helps students practice scientific literacy and literature searches. Students find a media posting that makes a psychology-related scientific claim and a peer-reviewed research article that speaks to that claim. Students then write an essay evaluating the media claim based on the scientific conclusions. Please click here for the file.

APA Style (7th Edition): References

The video is a bit long (over an hour) and the audio quality isn’t stellar, but it has lots of good information. Instructors could provide this to students and have confidence that all of the key elements were covered. Here is an additional resource/handout that summarizes APA Style References as well.

APA Style (7th Edition): Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style

This is an online guide from the APA that introduces APA Style writing and formatting. This would be a great resource to introduce students to APA, especially for an online course. From the site “By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to understand and implement the following basic elements of APA Style” …

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Creating an Effective Online Instructor Presence

This article from the Community College Resource Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, provides information on “Together, these studies shed light on the fact that it is important for online instructors to actively and visibly engage with students in the teaching and learning process—perhaps with even greater intentionality than in face-to-face courses.” Within the 8 …

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Chronicle Advice Guide: How To Be a Better Online Teacher

This article by Flower Darby from The Chronicle of Higher Education “… advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version…” This includes: 10 essential principles and practices of better online teaching Common misperceptions How to find help You can check out the full article here.

Video: Introduction to R

This is a short video (5:20) from MarinStatsLectures introducing students to using R. It is the first in a series that will be a fantastic resource for both face-to-face and online teaching. Click here for a link to the complete playlist. If you check out the MarinStatsLectures page, you’ll also find lots of videos on …

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Video: Hypothesis Testing Concepts

This is a playlist from MarinStatsLectures focusing on central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. There are 12 videos in the series. Each one is short to help keep students focused, and it allows you to easily pick and choose which ones you prefer. This is a great resource for online teaching to help …

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First Day Zoom-Friendly Icebreakers

The switch to online learning means that we will need to switch up many of go-to first day of class icebreaker activities. Importantly, whatever we choose will likely need to work well via video meeting programs like Zoom. Rather than reinvent the wheel, you can check out the suggestions in this article by Eugene Korsunskiy …

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Examples of Sampling Bias and Demand Characteristics through a Daily Show Clip

A clip (5:30) from the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that demonstrates how sampling bias and demand characteristics can lead to misleading conclusions. “Poll Bearers: Cable news polls might not reflect public opinion so much as the ability of viewers to repeat the ideas they just heard.” View the episode here.

First Day Getting to Know You Survey

Establishing a rapport with students is connected to students’ success, interest, and pro-academic behaviors. Rapport can be particularly hard to establish in an online learning environment. One way to help establish rapport is by starting the semester with a survey that helps you get to know the students and their needs. Teachers who do this …

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Video: One-Way ANOVA (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (11:19) from Research by Design described as follows, “Using the same example from the Wizard of Oz involving Munchkins and wicked witches in various regions that we used learning ANOVA by hand, we are going to learn about conducting a one-way ANOVA using SPSS. We will create the dataset in SPSS, conduct a one-way …

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Video: Chi-Square (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (7:37) from Research by Design described as follows, “We are now going to learn how to calculate a one-way chi-square in SPSS. This is the House of Pigs Chi Square, using the dataset BuildingPermits.sav. A house inspector randomly samples building permits pulled by 70 little pigs who were building houses, to determine whether a …

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Video: Independent-Samples t-test (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (8:11) from Research by Design and Dr. Todd Daniel, described as follows, “Another way of measuring the difference between two samples is to compare two unrelated groups or participants or samples. In this design, you measure two groups one time; in contrast, the previous paired test measured the same sample two times. With independent …

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