I have taught psychology in community colleges since 1992 and was at Highline College in the Seattle area from 2001 to 2023. In 2023 I taught a course for New Mexico State University, thus making me affiliate faculty. I have served on boards and committees for the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP). I was proud to serve the members of STP as their 2018 president and am currently serving at its assistant executive director. In 2013, I was the inaugural recipient of the APA award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at a Two-Year College or Campus. In 2016, I received the highest honor in the teaching of psychology: the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.
I present nationally and internationally on the topics of educational technology and the pedagogy of psychology.
I have a minor addiction to new technology. But not just any technology. I’m looking for technology (ideally, free) that either makes my job–and your job–easier or makes it easier for my students to learn.
The tools I write about are not always ones I have tried with my classes. I don’t believe in using new technology just for the sake of using new technology. It has to serve a pedagogical purpose. But just because a tool doesn’t work for what I’m trying to accomplish doesn’t mean it’s not useful for someone else. For example, psychology is my area, so I don’t have much need for math tools that can handle calculus, but when I come across such tools, I’ll be sure to fill you in.
Some of the technologies I discuss are well-established tools. Others are hot off the press; so hot, that they may still be in beta testing. Although, keep in mind that Google Docs and Gmail both spent years in beta testing. ‘Beta testing’ has more meaning in some circles than others.
Your comments are most welcome. If you have tried some of the technologies mentioned in this blog, let me know how they worked for you. If you are trying to solve a particular pedagogical issue and are having trouble finding the right tool, let me know. If you come across a new tool that you think should get an airing here, let me know.
For more information about me, you are welcome to download my CV.