Issue 11 / Nov. 2015
Smarthinking Tutoring Services
All of our students, online and campus, have access to the free online tutoring service, Smarthinking. The service is available 24/7 and can be accessed right within your course in Brightspace. Thanks to our integration, students will not need to worry about remembering a username or password to access these services – they can access them with a simple click of their mouse, or tap of their screen. To see how Smarthinking works for our students, please see the tutorial (5 min.) below:
If you have any questions or comments about your students using Smarthinking and the services they provide, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Note from the Wellehan Library
The Library is accepting requests for materials needed for Spring 2016 courses.
Please use an Assignment-Focused Purchase Request Form for resources students need to successfully complete a specific course assignment. This form may be found in the Library folder on the S drive. Resources needed in any format within reasonable cost will be purchased.
Please submit forms to Shelly Davis (email@example.com) by Friday, November 20.
FACULTY / STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Marion E. Young
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Marion E. Young is a developmental psychologist with a love of teaching and a passion for mentoring students. She believes that as an instructor her role is that of enthusiastic facilitator. Her main objective in teaching psychology is to enable students to engage with the material critically so that they may develop their own ideas and novel questions about human behavior. She wants her students to form a knowledge base of psychology that will allow for a wide range of applications not only in the classroom, but also their personal lives. She believes that this task is accomplished in part through the utilization of social media resources in her classes, which has enhanced her teaching and become an invaluable resource for her students.
Social networking sites like Twitter have become very popular among college students. These sites enable students to be in constant contact and communication. Twitter can be an effective tool to increase student participation, aide in course material retention, and allows the student to see the topic of their course in “action.” Dr. Young began using Twitter in her on-campus classes’ in the fall of 2014. Each week, students were expected to post a minimum of 3 tweets using a course specific hashtag. At least one tweet had to have a link to an online resource related to course material, a second tweet had to be a public reply to a fellow classmate, and one tweet could be a retweet of someone else not in the class (e.g., research article, BuzzFeed, or YouTube video clip). Then once a week her class would review some of the highlights from those tweets that were favorited by students. At first students were apprehensive, not because of being familiar with the Twitter platform as most students use it regularly, but rather not having something to tweet about. However, what they all quickly realized is this was not the case and in fact by midterm students were looking forward to “Tweeting Thursdays” in class.
Overall, Twitter has been a useful resource for both for her and her students. First, it allows for conversation among the students both inside and outside the classroom. As one of her students from PY 214 Psychology of Gender reported to her, “Dr. Young I now see gender psychology issues everywhere.” Second, Twitter also allows students, who may be shy about participating in the classroom, a chance to voice an opinion and add to the conversation. If you would like to add to the conversation please feel free to follow Dr. Young on Twitter @sjcpsycdoc13.