Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2013

Volume 13

A collection of monthly essays
originally published on the
PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List


Edited by

William S. Altman
SUNY Broome Community College

Lyra Stein
Rutgers University

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2014

ISBN: 978-1-941804-31-5


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Table of Contents

  1. In Pursuit of Teaching Outcroppings: Engaging Students with Emotionally Involving Current Events

    Christie Cathey (Ozarks Technical Community College)

  2. Enhancing Student Learning with Podcasting and Screencasting

    David B. Miller (University of Connecticut)

  3. Teaching in the Core Curriculum: Re-thinking our Approach to Introductory Psychology Courses

    Amie R. McKibban (University of Southern Indiana)

  4. OMG RU Really Going to Send That?  Email Communication with Students

    Andrew Peck (The Pennsylvania State University)

  5. Teaching with Affordable Technology to Increase Student Learning

    Judith Pena-Shaff (Ithaca College)

    Amber Gilewski Tompkins (Cortland Community College)

  6. Using The iPad In Your Academic Workflow: Best iPad Productivity Tools For Your Classroom Practices

    David Berg, (Community College Of Philadelphia)

  7. STP’s SoTL Writing Workshop: A.K.A. How I Wrote a Paper in Two Days

    Michelle A. Drouin (Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne)

  8. That’s What She Said: Educating Students about Plagiarism

    Elizabeth A. Sheehan (Georgia State University)

  9. Creating a Sense of Instructor Presence in Online Courses

    Lynne N. Kennette (Durham College)

    Bibia R. Redd (South University)

  10. Human Development Portfolio

    Nichole Kras (Lesley University)

  11. Fantasy Researcher League: Engaging Students in Psychological Research

    Daniel R. VanHorn (North Central College)

  12. Help Sheet Content Predicts Test Performance

    Mark R. Ludorf and Sarah O. Clark (Stephen F. Austin State University)

  13. About the authors

  14. About the editors


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Cathey, C. (2014). In pursuit of teaching outcroppings: Engaging students with emotionally involving current events. In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 13, pp. 3-5). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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