PSYC190: Educational Psychology
Section: EG1     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearMarch 2011 / (10 weeks): Mar 7, 2011 to May 16, 2011
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Tanya Letourneau   Email: Tanya.Letourneau@bucks.edu
Phone: 267-421-6347
Campus Location: UBC, Room 128 (Perkasie)

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 8 - 12 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at: http://online.bucks.edu

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to http://www.bucks.edu and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through http://www.webct.com/content/viewpage?name=content_student_access_codes.

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.

Troubleshooting

Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check http://www.bucks.edu/e-resources/virtual-campus/after-registration/kickoff/ for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.


Publisher's Website

This course will use a website developed by a textbook publisher. Specific details for accessing this website will be provided by your instructor.


Other Technologies

Your instructor has indicated the following:

Selected interactive websites


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

Course Description: This course surveys the nature of the learning process and application of the principles of psychology to the problems of learning and teaching. Individual differences, special problems of learning, and evaluation techniques are among the topics covered. Field experiences are included to acquaint students with an authentic teaching-learning environment.

Course Format: This online course contains 10 weekly lessons. Each lesson will cover the material from one chapter of the textbook and will contain readings, quizzes and an activity or discussion. Discussions, held every other week, will focus on an assigned topic and will provide students with the opportunity to have meaningful exchanges about current issues around educational psychology. Two field experiences will be required. Interactional web resources and video clips will be utilized to enhance the learning experience. Finally, there will be a final paper required for this course. A detailed course format and schedule will be available the first day of the semester.

Attendance: Although the online format allows for scheduling flexibility, there will still be weekly requirements and students will be expected to log on several times a week. Every week there will be a lesson with readings/quizzes/activities/discussions. Students will be required to complete the readings and assignments each week. All assignments will be due by Sunday night (midnight) for each Lesson week.

Instructor Information: My name is Tanya Letourneau and I have been teaching at Bucks for 7 years and in higher education for over 20 years. I am committed to student success and will give each one of you my respect, my time and my sincere intent to provide you with a quality online experience. I am attentive and involved in the online forum and am also available for email, phone and face-to-face consultations in order to insure your success in this course. If you like to thoroughly engage in dialogue with classmates and are open to learning about new, timely and sometimes controversial sociological issues, then you will enjoy this course. And if you are disciplined with good time management skills and have the sincere desire to succeed, then you should do quite well in the class. Please contact me if you have specific questions about this online course.

Tanya Letourneau letourne@bucks.edu