Psychology Department Online Teaching Resources

Technology Solutions (a.k.a. ACCC) and LAS compiled up-to-date online teaching resources. The teaching resources are intended to support all psychology courses being offered an online or hybrid format.

SPSS for Classroom

In this semester, the Department of Psychology offers 2 options: Virtual Computer Lab and SPSS Virtual App.

ONLINE Course Communication Guidelines (Netiquette)

  • Be mindful of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as different political ideologies and religious beliefs.
  • Use good judgment when composing your written responses. Swearing and profanity should be avoided. Also consider that slang terms can be misunderstood or misinterpreted.
  • Be careful using all capital letters when composing your written responses. This can be considered “shouting” on the Internet and is regarded as impolite or aggressive. It can also be stressful on the eye when trying to read your message.
  • Be respectful of others’ views and opinions.
  • Be careful when using acronyms. If you use an acronym it is best to spell out its meaning first, then put the acronym in parentheses afterward, for example: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). After that you can use the acronym freely throughout your message.
  • Use good grammar and spelling in written communications.
  • In emails, always identify yourself and what class and section you are in. It is a good practice to put your course and section in the subject line. This helps your instructor identify course-related emails.

Recording of synchronously delivered courses is not required. If your class is not recorded then it is up to you with respect to requiring students to use their webcam video.

Privacy Notification and Policy for Video Recording of Synchronous Class Sessions

Instructors may choose to record synchronous online class sessions as it allows students to review content after class and provides an opportunity for students who are unable to attend class to view the lesson. It is important that recording occurs in a way that is consistent with University student records policies. When you choose to record a synchronous class session, you should communicate this intention to your students in writing on the course syllabus and a welcome email prior to the start of class, as well as verbally on the first day of class.  Recordings should be posted to Blackboard, shared only with the students enrolled in the course, and be deleted at the end of the term.

Special consideration should be given when recording synchronous online sessions that include student discussion: You may choose to turn off the recording during certain segments of the class in order to protect student privacy and eliminate the possibility that the act of recording might impede open discussion, particularly around sensitive content.

Note, when using the breakout rooms feature for small group discussions, the video conference software does not record the breakout room discussions; recording stays with the main room.  Lastly, students are prohibited from recording and distributing recorded class sessions.

We will be recording the class sessions, or portions of the class, for students who are unable to attend synchronously. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, or Echo360. Recording by other means is not permitted. The recorded class sessions will be posted on our Blackboard class website unless otherwise notified.
If you have privacy concerns and do not wish to appear in the recording, turn OFF your video and notify me in writing (via email) prior to the next class session. If you prefer to use a pseudonym instead of your name, please let me know what name you will be using, so that I can identify you during the class session. If you would like to ask a question, you may do so privately through the chat feature by addressing your question to me or your TA only (and not to “everyone”), or you may contact me or your TA by another private method, which we will agree upon in advance of class. If you have questions or concerns about this video recording policy, please contact me before the end of the first week of class.

In addition to the above statements, it is highly recommended that you include in your syllabus detailed information about the following:

  • Course Method of Instruction, e.g. synchronous, asynchronous, on-campus (including the number of on-campus class sessions); via Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, Echo360, etc.
  • Course Technology Requirements, e.g. personal computer, broadband Internet connection, etc. You may contact Technology Solutions  to request and borrow a laptop or be assigned a hotspot for the semester if you do not have the required hardware and internet capabilities.
  • Explanation of Assessment Software and Methods, e.g. use of Respondus or other exam proctoring software, etc.

The consolidated statement about recording of synchronous classes and the webcam privacy policy can be found in the synchronous course template developed by campus leadership –  https://uofi.app.box.com/s/39m3izufvyycqsh6lzmx6o3rhm4vr5ky

Onsite Teaching Requirements

Each day the employee should fill out the survey at http://go.uic.edu/dailysurvey

  • If the employee has a temperature which is too high or has experienced symptoms or risk of COVID, they *may not* come to work on the UIC campus.
    • Notifications will be sent to University Health Services and the department response coordinator.
  • When the employee enters a building, they should swipe their ID.
  • An app will then check to make sure that the employee had submitted a successful survey.
    • If an appropriate daily survey is not found, notifications will be sent to the department response coordinator.

If an employee needs to review their survey for the current day, they can visit http://go.uic.edu/dailypass.

Access to A Laptop and/or Hotspot

If you learn of students who do not have computer access at home, please direct them here, where they can log in and then fill out a form with Technology Solutions and receive a laptop and/or Wi-Fi hotspot in the mail.

Last updated 1/7/2021