Creating an Online Course Shell: Strategies to Mitigate Frustration and Increase Student Success Across Multiple Campuses

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Online courses are becoming an increasingly popular means of undergraduate education. Introductory psychology is a course that is often a requirement for most undergraduates at both 2- and 4-year institutions. The demand for this class often exceeds the capacity of full-time faculty, resulting in many part-time faculty teaching the introductory psychology course. Unfortunately, this may lead to a lack of consistency in what is taught and the omission of critical concepts in this foundation course. Creating an online course shell provides an opportunity to address these difficulties. This article shares a model of creating a course shell for the introductory psychology course from a team of full-time faculty members across 6 campuses. Challenges and opportunities for faculty are discussed. Implications for faculty and administrators are explored.

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