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An outliner for online teaching resources using Diigo

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Submitted by Jessie Greenlee

Diigo, a tool for managing online resources, is a more organized version of your browser’s bookmarks. I have never really used the bookmark feature because I can’t access the saved resources anywhere but my personal computer. Diggo allows you to organize resources in on outline format and you can annotate, highlight, etc. as you go along, a feature that is really helpful when you stumble across something that could be useful in the future.

For this assignment I wanted to give Diigo a try with a specific goal in mind– to start an outline that focuses on teaching/pedagogical resources specifically designed for psychology instructors. The outline is currently centered around three topics: general resources, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and resources from colleges or universities. Everything in this outline is free. You can find the in progress outline here: https://www.diigo.com/outliner/7e35pp/Online-Teaching-Resources?key=g67lq4pxq6

(1) General Resources
The resources here highlight general topics in teaching. For example, you’ll find a link to teaching resources the American Psychological Society finds useful. There is also a link to the Online Psychology Lab (OPL) that provides access to a number helpful resources, including data sets for students, teaching aids, and online demonstrations.

(2) Society for the Teaching of Psychology
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is a division of the APA and their purpose is to promote evidence based practices in the teaching of psychology. I’ve posted several individual pages from their extensive website and highly recommend checking it out. For anyone teaching a class for the first time, Project Syllabus has example syllabi from all sorts of courses and topics that have been “peer reviewed” to ensure at least a baseline level of quality. They also have a blog that’s open to the public that hosts a number of discussions relevant to psychology instruction.

(3) Resource from colleges/universities
Many universities have some sort of center for teaching excellence with links to a number of resources for faculty and graduate students. Some of the information is a bit repetitive but there is something unique in each of them. For example, Vanderbilt provides a set of 68 guides on topics ranging form cheating and plagiarism to writing good multiple choice tests. Missouri State provides a lengthy list of links to all sorts of psychology teaching resources and seems like a good place to go for things like demonstrations, etc.

All in all, I found Diigo outliner to be a useful organizational tool that can save time and energy when collecting resources.