Boston, MA (Vocus) June 9, 2010
College students typically have a high level of comfort when it comes to using technology, making so-called blended learning programs that incorporate in-class instruction with online programs a good fit for many students.
According to a new report, psychology students have better outcomes in blended environments that use MyPsychLab, an online homework and tutorial program from Pearson, the global leader in education, technology and services. The report includes a review of the literature outlining effective criteria for blended learning programs and case studies documenting how MyPsychLab meets these criteria.
Institutions profiled in the report include Georgia College & State University, Bloomsburg University, North Florida Community College, Cerritos College and Dakota State University.
More than 500,000 students at 600 institutions have used MyPsychLab, which personalizes learning with tutorials that provide immediate feedback and targeted help where and when students need it the most. Students learn at their own pace, in their own style, while educators are able to monitor progress and communicate with their students online to keep them engaged and accountable for their work.
MyPsychLab can be customized to suit each student’s level of knowledge and can be used in any environment—lab-based, hybrid, distance learning or traditional classroom. Features include an interactive eText, video lectures, tracked tutorials and additional resources for learning during homework assignments. Instructors can easily create, import and manage online homework, quizzes, and tests, all of which are automatically graded for instant student feedback—allowing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students.
For example, at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, where psychology is one of the most popular majors, associate psychology professor Noland White says that with MyPsychLab, students are better-prepared for class and can more effectively participate in classroom discussion, rather than focusing on note-taking. “(MyPsychLab) helps (students) transition to college-level academics, to realize that they can be responsible for their own learning … and have better outcomes,” says Dr. White.
And, since student performance is tied to the American Psychological Association’s recommendations for undergraduate students’ learning outcomes, Dr. White says that “from an institutional and accreditation perspective, the impact of MyPsychLab speaks to accountability.”
The report also notes how MyPsychLab helps faculty with managing large introductory psychology classes. For Marion Mason, a psychology professor who teaches between 150-250 students each semester at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, using MyPsychLab has allowed her to supplement traditional classroom lectures and customize students’ homework and quizzes.
“Not only are students better prepared for class, MyPsychLab benefits me during class by conducting simulations, using other resources and pointing out key items in their text,” said Dr. Mason.
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