Andy Saltarelli, PhD helps to establish and maintain campus-wide initiatives that evaluate the appropriate use of learning technologies, spur innovative methods of assessment and feedback, and leverage learning analytics for student success. Andy's disciplinary background is in educational psychology and his research (http://www.andysaltarelli.com/research/) centers on how instructional technologies affect important social psychological processes (e.g., belongingness, motivation, cooperation) underlying teaching and learning, especially for traditionally marginalized students.
Technology-mediated versions of both education and treatment for mental health have seen much of their potential undercut by the large numbers of participants who don’t complete the work. Understanding the broader online psychology behind this attrition can point to steps that minimize it.
Taking a course online can be an impersonal experience. Here are a few ways to get students more personally connected to the class.
Personalized learning at scale requires a balance between student autonomy and instructor-led direction and scaffolding, along with openness as a pedagogy and toward content licensing, to achieve personalized, crowdsourced, connected learning.