Psy 361
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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 me.

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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Why should you take this course?

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What 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 (

If you are a novice, I recommend this article "Learning how to learn computers: General principles for the novice" (

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May you audit the course?

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:

  1. 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 the word?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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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 more conveniently.

Registrar's Office Registration

  1. You must be admitted to the university. See Admissions (
  2. You can obtain detailed information at WKU's Enrolling website ( 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 to top)

How much does it cost?

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How much credit would you earn?

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When and where does the class meet?

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 registering?

Psy 361
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