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The Department OF Educational Psychology


The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education and University Studies, with one of three focuses.

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Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.

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Certificates

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.

FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
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Distance Education

About


EPSY Distance Education supports faculty in the design and development of online teaching and learning opportunities. Instructional design services and consultations are available to all faculty teaching in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Contact


Sarah McCorkle, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Design
McCorkle@tamu.edu

724 Harrington Tower
Mail stop TAMU 4225
Phone: 979.862.2086

Mission and Vision


Mission
Through programs, workshops, communities of interests, and peer-to-peer partnerships, EPSY Distance Education’s mission is to:

  • Provide opportunities for instructional development through reflection and collaboration.
  •  Consult with faculty on challenges and opportunities in technology-enhanced instruction.
  • Assist in major and minor revisions of fully online course offerings through instructional design and review of instructional materials.
  • Support faculty in the integration of new technologies and techniques in all distance education modalities, including online, hybrid, hyflex, and emergency remote instruction.

Vision

EPSY Distance Education aims to provide faculty with opportunities for:

  • Time and space to break out of teaching silos with supportive colleagues.
  • Implementation of high impact practices in online learning.
  • Developing scholarship of online teaching and learning.

Events


Spring Semester events will be hosted on Zoom. Please register to receive a link to the session. A Texas A&M University password is required to access events on Zoom.

Using Turnitin with Students
Most students do not set out to intentionally plagiarize. Why not make the Turnitin originality report useful for students too? This session will discuss strategies for working with both honest and dishonest students. By utilizing tools in our LMS, you can stage writing assignments so they’re less stressful for students to write and easier for you to grade. The goal of this session is to help you enable your students to produce a final writing assignment that you’ll want to read and assess.
Friday, January 22, 2021 (10:30 – 12:00)
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Multimedia: Content Planning
Is it time to record a few more PowerPoints, videos, or screencasts? Join us for a look at the research on instructional videos and how you can use research-based practices to improve your online instruction. Participants will fill in a segment / bridge worksheet to plan their recording. Templates will be provided to organize what you currently have, what needs to be updated, and what absolutely has to be revised for the next time you teach. The goal of this session is to help you feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your course content.
Friday, February 12, 2021 (10:30 – 12:00)
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Multimedia: Building Engaging Content
In this session we will discuss what technologies are being used among department faculty and what options are available for producing instructional videos and media. (If you were unable to attend the session on Content Planning, templates and worksheets will be provided.) We will think critically about the options for creating and storing our video content and how we can maintain the video content each time the course is taught. The goal of this session is to help you select the technology you’ll use to record your content.
Friday, February 26, 2021 (10:30 – 12:00)
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FLC-Lite: An abbreviated Faculty Learning Community
EPSY Distance Education would like to extend an invitation to join a Faculty Learning Community on Online Teaching. The FLC will be of interest to those who are teaching online, have taught online, or plan to teach online. This FLC will operate on an abbreviated timeline as a “FLC-Lite” (rather than the one-year timeline of a traditional FLC).
Friday, February 26, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00)
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Multimedia: Virtual Lab
Those who have participated in the multimedia workshop series are invited to schedule time for one-on-one lab hours. Due to COVID-19 precautions, working labs will be conducted over Zoom in place of Faculty Open Lab. The goal of this working lab is to get help right when you need it, look at content together, and make sure you’re on the right track.
The month of March (10:00 – 3:00)
Register: Please email McCorkle@tamu.edu with your preferred day and time.

A Look at Canvas
Join us for a look inside of Canvas! EPSY faculty will discuss their transition to the new LMS and showcase their course designs. eCampus will go offline for Fall Semester 2021. This conversation among colleagues is intended to help you prepare to transition your course materials into Canvas over the summer months. Are you ready? No? That’s ok! We’re here to help.
Friday, April 23, 2021 (10:30 – 12:00)

Newsletter


EPSY Distance Education produces a monthly course design newsletter on topics related to online teaching, hyflex teaching, and teaching with technology.

The newsletter archive can be accessed at tx.ag/epsydenewsletter. The contents of the newsletter are intended for faculty within the Department of Educational Psychology. Some content is only available to those with a Texas A&M University password. Subscribe to the newsletter.

Faculty Resources


Zoom Cloud
You can record Zoom meetings directly to the Cloud and share them with students. Texas A&M’s paid version of Zoom provides this feature. (The free version only lets you save the video to your computer.) Storage space is limited. This option is useful for occasional meeting recordings.
How-to:
Record your meeting to the cloud

YouTube
There are some advantages of using YouTube to host your videos. YouTube’s speech to text functionality can be used to quickly create accurate subtitles for video captioning. You can set your video to be unlisted and disable comments for better privacy.
How-to:
Correct your subtitles for better accessibility
Set your video to Unlisted and Disable Comments

Snagit
Snagit is made by TechSmith and is a very basic screen recorder. The Texas A&M sponsored license can be purchased for $18 from https://software.tamu.edu.
How-to:
Record your screen with Snagit

Camtasia
Camtasia is also made by TechSmith. It is a teacher-friendly video editor and screen recorder. The Texas A&M sponsored license can be purchased for $18 from https://software.tamu.edu.
Tutorials are available on the Techsmith website:

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html

Lightboard
A portable Lightboard is available for faculty to borrow from EPSY Distance Education. The small, temporary board is being used to pilot this method for recording videos. We can look into a more permanent solution if the equipment is helpful.
How-to:
Setup the Lightboard and flip your video

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