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Using Current Events to Connect with Psychology Students

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

One of the top predictors of student success is whether or not students form relationships with their professors and their peers. In psychology, learning is further enhanced when material is applied. Forming relationships and content application can be more difficult to achieve in an online/remote environment. This session will discuss how introductory psychology faculty can utilize current events and the technology tool Flip Grid to address both of these goals. Flip Grid, using mobile technology, allows students to record video discussion boards and reply to one another via video. Assigning students to dive into current events to connect course material, then using Flip Grid to increase student interaction to discuss this content, will lead to increased student understanding and, ultimately, a higher success rate in your General Psychology course.


Stacey S Souther

Professor, Cuyahoga Community College
Stacey S. Souther is professor of psychology at Cuyahoga Community College. She earned her masters degree in developmental psychology at The University of Toledo, and has been teaching at Tri-C since 2004. She serves as the psychology coordinator and the faculty development coordinator at the Eastern Campus of Tri-C. Prof. Souther serves as an ambassador and conference reviewer for the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and a co-chair for the 2021 Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference.