Information about the Internet
Version of the course: Psychological Tests and Measurement (Psy 361)
On this page I address questions
you might need answered before deciding to take the Internet version of Psy
361. If you have a question that I do not address, please contact
All information at this
web site pertaining to the course, including policies, is
subject to being changed until the first day
of the semester. When you examine the site to decide whether to
take the course, please understand that specifics may change. If you have any
questions, please contact me. If you are interested
in taking the course, please contact me.
Who should take this course?
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- Psychology majors and
others with an interest in understanding assessment and measurement in psychology
and who are reasonably comfortable with surfing the Internet and using E-mail.
Why should you take this
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- You encounter exams frequently.
- You have to take a standardized
- You expect to be evaluated
when you want to get a job or to keep a job.
- You must evaluate employees
and potential employees and want to understand effective assessment.
- You expect your children
will be evaluated in school.
- You are planning on going
to graduate school in psychology.
- You are concerned about
some of the claims made for tests and you want to evaluate them for yourself.
- You are curious about
what various psychological tests, such as the inkblot test, really mean.
- It is required for your
if you are a complete novice about technology?
Most people feel like novices
about some aspect of technology. I strongly urge you to contact me before beginning
the course so I can evaluate your technological skill level and advise you on
whether to take the Internet or face-to-face version of the course. I want you
to be successful. You do not need to be an expert or even average, but you do
need to be able to easily work with E-mail, an Internet browser and have some
word processing skills such as copying and pasting. If you have found this page
you probably have the technology skills to complete the course. You may also
want to fill out this questionnaire to see if this type of learning would be
suitable for you: Distance
Learning Course Questionnaire (http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/ol/onlinelearningforyou/)
If you are a novice, I recommend
this article "Learning
how to learn computers: General principles for the novice" (http://www.wku.edu/Dept/Support/AcadAffairs/CTL/tnt/lrncom.htm).
I understand the hesitancy
and uncertainty, the desire to get a toe wet, virtually. There are several reasons,
however, why I do not accept audits:
- What does it mean to
audit an Internet course? Unless you are actively posting comments, you are
not "there." So how could you audit in the traditional sense of
- On the Internet, the
custom is to expect everyone with access to contribute to the discussion.
Listening but not contributing is called "lurking" and it is considered
rude to do beyond a brief orientation period to the group.
- Those taking the course
for credit develop an intimacy among themselves that is disturbed by someone
not committed to the group. They are uneasy when someone is lurking about.
- Perhaps most importantly,
the most significant challenge for Internet students is learning how to manage
their learning time. We know from psychological research that making a public
commitment is critical in actually achieving a goal. Committing to the course
by going through the registration process dramatically increases the likelihood
of your completing the tasks.
How do you register?
VERY IMPORTANT: I have noticed
a tendency for people trying an Internet course for the first time to fail to
figure in the time it takes to learn the material . Somehow, because there is
not a set meeting time they fall into the belief that the learning occurs without
any time commitment.
More than a few people try
to just add an Internet class to an already full schedule. THIS WILL NOT WORK!
Particularly as you are first learning to allocate your time you are likely
to spend more, not less, time on an Internet course than on a face-to-face class.
As you grow skilled in time management you will find that the amount of time
is identical to a face-to-face class, just distributed differently, typically
Registrar's Office Registration
- You must be admitted
to the university. See Admissions
- You can obtain detailed
information at WKU's
Enrolling website (http://www.wku.edu/Dept/Support/AcadAffairs/Registrar/).
The call number for the Internet based Psy 361 for the Spring 2000 semester
is: 11071 and its course-ID is Psy 361-700(Back
How much does it cost?
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- Check university policy.
- If you are faculty or
staff at an eligible Kentucky university, the state faculty staff tuition
scholarship program will cover the cost.
How much credit would you
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- The course is a three
credit hour undergraduate level course.
When and where does the
You choose the times that
work best for you, other than exam times or scheduled personal appointments
with the instructor. The class "meets" at your computer. Exams must be taken
face-to-face or with a proctor, arranged well in advance of the exam date.
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What should you do after
me via email to let me know you are there (see this
- Order/buy your textbook.
- Create a folder or binder
for the class in which to keep various materials.
- Select a regular hour,
three or more times per week, to check the class pages beginning with the
first day of the semester. Expect to revise that time as you learn how to
manage your time.
- Once you have received
your id and password, visit the course site for 361 accessible from the main
Psy 361 page.
- Check back at the web
site on the first day of the semester for which you register. At that time
(and not before):
- Print a copy of the
class policies and schedule for your folder.
- Print, fill in and
snail mail to me the
information form at http://edtech.wku.edu/~internet/studinfo.htm
- Post a photo and
biographical information to your website in order to introduce yourself
to the class.
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created: June 1996. Page Created:
March 22, 1999. Last Modified: January 17, 2007.