PSYC 7010: Learning and Assessment
On-line Section

Last modified: March 2009

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Learning and Assessment is one of the core courses in the M.Ed. degree. The on-line section of this course differs slightly from a classroom-based section in that there are no class meetings and all course activities are done via the Internet. However, the prerequisites for the course (RSCH 7100), the major objectives, and course grading policies are the same. Additionally, whereas a classroom-based course requires a minimum level of class attendance and participation, the web-based course requires participation via technology. This can sometimes provide challenges that are not faced by students in on-campus courses and requires a level of personal discipline (and patience) beyond that to which you may have become accustomed as a graduate student. During the 2009 summer semester, 1-hour audio chats will be held via Wimba/BlackboardVista (to be called BlazeView, formerly WebCT) on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm. These times are equivalent to scheduled class times and attendance is mandatory.

The course materials consist of a materials available directly on the web or through the "Articles and More" link in the "Resources" category on the Odum Library homepage. The syllabus and course materials can be accessed by selecting "Edsyc Interactive: Courses" and then selecting "Dr. Huitt's materials" under PSYC 7010. You will also see a link to BlazeView; you can also access the syllabus and course materials as well as Power Point presentations with an audio narrative for many of the topics discussed in the course. BlazeView will also be used for posting on study questions via a bulletin board and accessing a live classroom for audio chats. Times for the audio chat sessions will be provided in an email at the beginning of the semester and posted on the "Main" topic on the BlazeView bulletin board.

The minimum requirements for participation in the course are:

  1. Be admitted to graduate studies at VSU. The link is
  2. Completion of RSCH 7100: Educational Research (or its equivalent)
  3. A computer and access to the Internet (a 56K or better connection)
  4. An ability to access the internet, download files, use e-mail (including the ability to send attachments), and other basic computer/internet skills
  5. A browser supported by VSU.
  6. The plug-ins necessary to view Power Point presentations (PowerPoint Viewer is available for those who don't have Power Point)
  7. The plug-in necessary to run Real One Player presentations (Basic Player).
  8. The software download necessary to run Yahoo Messenger.
  9. The self-discipline necessary to operate in graduate-level course without a lot of supervision.

First Steps:

  1. After you have registered for the course, contact Dr. Huitt at, giving him your email address so that you can be added to the course list.
  2. Read the syllabus.
  3. Decide if you wish to purchase the required course materials at the Copy Center on the first floor in the Education Building. The materials are in two packets: Part I and Part II; each costs about $30. All materials can be downloaded from the web, but many students find it easier to simply purchase the materials rather than reading them on their computers or printing them at home. These can be mailed to you if you are out of town. Call 229-245-4386 or 229-333-5925 and ask to speak with Blanch in the Copy Center.
  4. Download any browsers or plugins you will need for the course as listed above (If you have problems, see below).
  5. Look over the course materials.
  6. Look over "The Core Rules of Netiquette" by Virginia Shea.
  7. Logon to Blackboard (the link is on the left hand side of the page when you select PSYC 7010 on the Educational Psychology Interactive homepage). Your ID is the first part of your VSU email address (e.g., "whuitt") and your password is your birthdate in mmddyy format (or your Banner Pin if you have changed it). Your first activity is to make a posting introducing yourself so that I know you have logged-on properly. If you do not know your password or if you want to change your password go to (Note: this may not work properly prior to the beginning of the semester because it has to be set up by the technology folks.)

If you don't know your VSU account name, follow these steps:

1. Go to the  VSU Home Page and click on the Registration and Advising (Banner) entry. 
2. Log into Banner just as you did to register for classes using your Social Security Number and Birthdate [mmddyy format] (or Banner Pin if you have changed it). 
3.Follow the menu entries (Personal Information, Email Address) to access your VSU username and a temporary password. 
4.Click on the "change your password" on that form and select a secure password you won't forget. 

Time Involvement:

Successful Study Habits:

  1. Go to BlazeView and read the study questions for the designated week; determine the specific content or skill to be learned.
  2. If you think you already know know something about the material make a few notes from your own knowledge. For example, one of the terms you need to be able to define is "education." Take one minute (but no more) to make a few notes about your definition of education.
  3. Write down a few key words about information that you might need to learn.
  4. If available, look over the Power Point presentation for the material (a presentation with audio is available via Blackboard for some of the course materials.) Actively compare what you are reading to your initial notes and questions. 
  5. Read the required articles or complete the required computer activities. Again, actively compare what you are reading to your initial notes and questions.
  6. Answer at least two study questions posted on the BlazeView bulletin board; read other postings and respond to at least one.
  7. Prepare a summary for the reading, making sure to cover all the points in the study questions.
  8. Participate in the weekly audio chat with the instructor and other students about the week's readings. You should be prepared with specific questions you want answered.
  9. Have this material readily available as you write you exam answer. Note: All exams are open book, open note. You may talk with others as you think about your answer; however, once you start writing an outline or your paper, you are on your own.

If you have problems downloading the programs, here are some actions you can take:

Try again to download the program. If still not successful, try this.

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