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March 17, 2014

I/O Psychologist to Lead Next Provost's Conversations Series Discussion

morenews1-lgRichard Landers

Richard Landers, assistant professor of industrial/organizational psychology in the College of Sciences, will lead the next Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning discussion on Thursday, March 20.

Presented by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), the Office of Distance Learning and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carol Simpson, these brown bag lunch series presentations are open to all faculty members, and offer the opportunity to reflect and share about the teaching and learning process. CLT will provide light refreshments.

Landers will speak on "Improving Courses and their End-of-Semester Evaluation using Mid-Semester Evaluations and Online Video Responses" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons Conference Room at Perry Library.

Landers conducts experimental research in the area of technology-enhanced learning and also in employee selection, with a focus on gamification, social media, assessment and Web-based instruction. He won ODU's 2013 Teaching with Technology Award for his use of social media and gamification in his own online courses. He also recently wrote an introductory textbook on statistics for business students, which, he reports, was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

In his Conversation, Landers will describe the inspiration that he found in industrial/organizational psychology to implement mid-semester student evaluations as a method to acquire better feedback about the design of online courses. He will discuss I/O psychology research on the impacts of developmental and administrative feedback on job performance ratings. Then he will explain his conclusion, drawn from that research, that instructors can minimize biases in end-of-semester administrative feedback by collecting and commenting upon mid-semester developmental feedback.

Further, he will demonstrate and discuss his particular approach to encouraging this mid-semester dialogue using recorded reaction videos posted online for his students.

For more information about the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning series, including highlights from past years' Conversations and a calendar of upcoming dates, visit the Conversations website at http://clt.odu.edu/pctl.