Guidelines

guidelines for success

This might be your first online course but it will probably not be your last. There are many opportunities and ways for someone to learn online. When we want to learn 'how to do X', many of us turn to tutorials on YouTube. From podcasts on iTunes to full courses on sites such as Udemy and Coursera, the choice of learning platforms is overwhelming. An independent learner must make many choices. Who do you trust as an instructor? How will you learn this material? What will the learning environment be? Will there be other people learning the same content? Will you be connecting with other learners?

FREEDOM COMES WITH RESPONSIBILITY

In this Online Psychology course, students will be in charge of certain aspects of their learning, specifically the pace. Every week, 4 periods of 54 minutes in your timetable are dedicated to this course.

STUDENTS MOVE AT THEIR OWN PACE

Most of the modules have been designed to fit into a 4 period time frame. Students will be expected to have covered the assigned material and meet their learning targets. Below are some examples of such learning targets:

1. Answering embedded questions in videos

2. Completing the activities in the Versal course platform

3. Demonstrating learning and journaling (see course outline and evaluation)

4. Commenting on another students' work

5. Submitting work on time (for example, a project's outline and/or bibliography)

This is a unique opportunity for senior students to challenge themselves to become organized, efficient and successful independent learners. Students have a great deal of control, power and decision making in this course. This can surely help them prepare for the great degree of freedom that comes with the CEGEP experience.

LEARNING WITH NEW TOOLS

Students are expected to learn and master several digital tools to help them become productive, efficient and independent learners. All the new tools are explained in short video tutorials shared with the students. Here are some of the tools students will be encouraged to learn:

1. Versal learning platform (to find all links and materials related to the course)

2. VideoNot.es - for split screen video watching and simultaneous note taking

3. EdPuzzle for watching assigned videos and answering the embedded questions

4. Online annotation tools such as Diigo and Read and Write for Google chrome.

5. Online flashcards such as Quizlet and Anki.