PsychTeacher™ is a moderated discussion list for teachers of psychology at all levels of education that is owned and operated by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Kennesaw State University hosts the list). PsychTeacher™ is designed to be a focused, rather than a freewheeling, discussion list on any topic that addresses issues specific to the teaching of psychology. All messages posted to the list are reviewed and approved by one of the Society's moderators prior to being distributed to the entire list membership. Like the editor of a newspaper or journal, moderators will have the prerogative to reject complete posts as being outside the scope of the list or ask posters to edit a message so that it fits the list's stated guidelines and rules. If the message is consistent with these guidelines and rules (subscribers will receive them when they first join the list), it will immediately be forwarded to the list.
This list focuses upon topics such as:
- requests for or suggested ideas for teaching a specific course or content material (e.g., demos that work, resource material, answers to student questions, lecture ideas or resources, etc.);
- discussion of general instructional issues that cross over different courses (e.g., handling academic dishonesty, make-up exams, using technology to teach, research using the WWW, etc.);
- discussion of issues not directly related to classroom instruction, but closely tied to teaching in general (e.g., advising students on career options);
- announcements of interest to the group and directly related to teaching (e.g., TV programs, teaching conferences or workshops); and
- specific requests for help or information to assist in teaching a course or topic (e.g., references on a topic, where you can find a video or equipment, etc.).
Examples of early discussions in PsychTeacher™ included strategies for teaching various courses (e.g., psychological testing and assessment, biopsychology, and social psychology), advice on grading and testing, evaluation strategies for oral presentations, and using popular movies and fiction as teaching tools.
An invited e-column, titled E-xcellence in Teaching, on a topic related to the teaching of psychology is posted to the list on a monthly basis during the academic year. List members are invited to respond and the e-column editors moderate the responses to the column. Bill Buskist (Auburn University) founded the column and moderated it from 2000-2003.
Guidelines and Rules
A copy of the complete PsychTeacher™ List Content Guidelines and Rules can be found at this link
How to Join
To join PsychTeacher™, you may either use either of these two options:
- Send the following email message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- subscribe psychteacher yourfirstname yourlastname
- Be sure not to include anything else in the body of the message, e.g., a signature file at the end of the message.
- Or, go to the list web page and click on the option of joining the list: http://list.kennesaw.edu/archives/psychteacher.html
The PsychTeacher™ List Operators are Bill Hill at Kennesaw State University <email@example.com> and Ted Bosack <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The moderators of the list include Rick Froman, Tracy Zinn, Bryan Saville, and Ted Bosack.