While the world is in the grips of the terrible coronavirus pandemic, you might not be thinking much about "how can I incorporate more I-O into Intro Psych?"  However, we are all in this together, and can all contribute to a solution.  So in addition to hand-washing and social distancing, members of the SIOP community got together and asked ourselves "how else can we help?"


With many colleges and universities moving their face-to-face classes online, many of us are in the predicament of having to quickly transition our courses to an online format. In response to this need, SIOP’s Education and Training Committee is spearheading a cross-committee effort to share tips and recommendations to help our colleagues quickly transition their courses online.  This information will be available in a few ways:

Virtual Office Hours will be Offered

Do you have quick questions (or longer thoughts) on how to transition your classes so quickly to an online setting?  There are virtual office hours being held this week where you can drop in and ask people who have done it before:

Monday March 16

  • 11:00 - 12:00 EST Rich Mendelson
  • 3:00 - 4:00 EST Nick Salter

Tuesday March 17

  • 10:00 - 11:00 EST Nick Salter
  • 3:00 - 4:00 EST Dave Bracken

Wednesday March 18

  • 11:00 - 12:00 EST Rich Mendelson

To attend, just log onto the link here during the assigned times and you can join in!  If you cannot make these times but have questions, feel free to contact any of the speakers.

A Webinar Workshop will be Held

If you'd like to hear even more in a structured format about how to transition to online teaching, check out a webinar on the topic SIOPers Dave Bracken, Rich Mendelson, Nick Salter, Adriane Sanders, and Jeanie Whinghter will be offering this week.  They will go through the basics of what you need to be thinking about (and of course there will be time for Q&A as well).

#OnlineInAHurry - A Crash Course with Q&A

  • Thursday, March 19, 3:00 EST
  • Click this link here to enter the webinar (NOTE: please be sure to mute yourself when you enter!)
  • A recording will be available later if you miss it!

An Online Teaching Survival Guide has been Developed 


This document consolidates resources and recommendations that will help with the rapid transition of classes to online formats that will keep the structural integrity of courses they have already designed.  This is not the time to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to your courses, but you may have to redirect where your wheel is going.


  • This guide isn’t meant to be a comprehensive resource for teaching online, as this requires extensive time and training that can’t be acquired overnight. Instead, this guide is informed by SIOP members with online education experience as well as by a rapidly growing number resources available from the higher education community. It is meant for those of us who may have been given a very short time to change a traditional face-to-face graduate or undergraduate course to a fully online one. It also brings attention to faculty and student well-being as a critical consideration in light of this dynamic international situation.


  • This survival guide is a living document, meaning that as they become aware of new resources or advice, they will add it to the guide. They provided a survey within this guide to facilitate its development and, consequently, the content of this guide may be adjusted over time. They encourage those who are experiencing this novel situation to provide feedback on how you have adjusted your course content. In this time of crisis, it’s important for us to support each other as much as we can. 


  • Keep in mind, this document mentions some video-conference vendors by name.  However, they are not endorsing any vendors so much as listing available options.  They welcome additional input!


If you have any recommendations or suggestions, please let the team know through this survey.


Stay safe and take care of each other during this difficult time!

What exactly is GIT?  Check out our first blog post explaining who we are!

Do you have any other thoughts on how SIOP members can be involved with GIT’s efforts?  We would love to hear from you!  If you have any questions, ideas, thoughts, or suggestions, please feel free to contact anyone from the task force!  This blog is maintained by Nick Salter nicholas.p.salter@hofstra.edu

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