CELT Podcast: Dr. Caitlin Faas

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus

Click to listen to the podcast with Dr. Caitlin Faas

Caitlin Faas is an associate professor and department chair of psychology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from Virginia Tech with a specialization in child and adolescent development. Her research has focused on emerging adulthood and educational outcomes. She is also a certified life and weight coach through The Life Coach School. Follow her work at http://www.drcaitlinfaas.com/ 

Faculty Remote Teaching Training Sessions, 3/30-4/3

Please join us next week for training on a wide variety of remote teaching technology topics.

WebEx meeting link for ALL sessions:
Password: remote
To join audio by phone: 1-650-479-3208/1-877-668-4493
Access code: 628 383 872

Schedule and Topics

9 – 11 Blackboard, WebEx and Kaltura Basics 
1 – 2 Blackboard Grade Center

2 – 3 Blackboard Tests and Quizzes
3 – 4 Test Generator for creating Blackboard quizzes (tool to generate tests from a Word or Excel file)

11 – 12 Blackboard Rubrics (create grading rubrics right in Blackboard)
1 – 3 Blackboard, WebEx and Kaltura Basics 

10 – 11 Blackboard Grade Center
2 – 3 Blackboard Rubrics (create grading rubrics right in Blackboard)

10 – 11 Blackboard Tests and Quizzes
1 – 2 Test Generator for creating Blackboard quizzes (tool to generate tests from a Word or Excel file)

WebEx meeting link for ALL sessions:
Password: remote
To join audio by phone: 1-650-479-3208/1-877-668-4493
Access code: 628 383 872

CELT Podcast: Dr. Mirari Elcoro

Bringing the Laboratory (Live or Virtual) into the Classroom

Click to listen to the podcast with Dr. Mirari Elcoro

In this podcast, Dr. Mirari Elcoro, our featured speaker from Framingham State University, will discuss her scholarship of teaching and learning. She will narrate her development and motivation for evaluating and disseminating the effects of bringing the laboratory (live or virtual) into the classroom. Lastly, she will highlight her current project aimed at identifying best practices for facilitating effective studying habits for students.

Dr. Mirari Elcoro is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Framingham State University. She obtained a doctorate degree in Psychology, with focus in Behavior Analysis, from West Virginia University. She is a Governor’s Teaching Fellow from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and has been nominated to the Georgia Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award by Armstrong State University (Savannah, GA) where she taught for nine years. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Elcoro serves in the editorial board of the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis.

As a teacher scholar, Dr. Elcoro is passionate and invested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She studies teaching as one of her scholarship interests. Her interest in not only in the behavior of teaching, but also in the academic and professional behaviors of her students (e.g., studying). Several of her projects focus on improving engagement in the classroom. One recent project, titled Bringing the Laboratory into the Classroom, is aimed at improving the understanding and appreciation of scientific concepts in the psychology classroom. She is also currently involved in examining the use of guided notes in undergraduate education.

Within the experimental analysis of behavior Dr. Elcoro is interested in the study of temporal control, delay of reinforcement, behavioral pharmacology, and resurgence of operant behavior. Dr. Elcoro is also interested in the intersections between behavior analysis and neuroscience. She co-founded the minor in Neuroscience at Armstrong State University and currently teaches in the Minor in Neuroscience at Framingham State University.

Publications in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:

Elcoro, M., Broughton, K., & Hebert, L. Guided notes in undergraduate instruction. International Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Under Revision (Revise & Resubmit). Working on Revisions.

Elcoro, M. & McCarley, N. (2015). This old thing? Using old laboratory equipment to enhance psychology courses. Teaching of Psychology, 42(1), 69-72. doi:10.1177/0098628314562681

Elcoro, M., & Trundle, M. B. (2013). Student preferences for live versus virtual rats in a learning course. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7 (1), 1-13. Retrieved from http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/v7n1.html

Elcoro, M. & Eagle, J. (2011). Efecto de la kava-kava en la conducta agresiva de peces betta splendens: una técnica para la práctica de laboratorio de pregrado en Psicología. [Effects of kava-kava on aggressive behavior of Siamese fighting fish: A laboratory research project for psychology undergraduates]. Analogías del Comportamiento, 12, 73-90.

Special thanks to Peter Puccio for recording this podcast.

Training for WCSU Faculty

Attend a webinar (listed below) to learn the basics of Blackboard, Kaltura and WebEx to complete your semester.  Click the link below 5 minutes before start time to ensure entry.  Preregistration not required.

Phone number to join audio by phone is: 1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)Password is joinhere, if needed.

Consider Avoiding WebEx (or Zoom) to teach in real time – there are other options

Synchronous or Asynchronous classes? 

If you are thinking about holding your classes using real time (synchronous) online meeting tools, please reconsider this approach. 

Go Asynchronous Instead

Asynchronous means that the content and activities will be available for students to access on their own schedule within time parameters / due dates that you set.  Instead of relying on real-time online meeting technology, design asynchronous weekly class activities and assignments


  • Real time online meeting tools (WebEx, Zoom, etc.) classes will NOT be like your face-to-face classes (particularly large classes)
    • Yes, it is real time, BUT there will be issues that will prevent quality interaction
  • Reduces the potential for real time technology issues
  • Provides more flexibility (and time for sorting out issues) for you and your students while everyone gets used to online teaching and learning
  • You and your students may have new schedules, commitments, or illnesses to contend with
  • Your students may not be able to connect to an online meeting for technical / hardware / bandwidth reasons

Asynchronous Learning Ideas

  • Record a lecture (using Kaltura in Blackboard) 
  • Add audio to your PowerPoint slides 
  • Use a Blackboard Discussion for asynchronous threaded discussion 
  • Have students post a reflection or response paper as an Assignment  

Learn how to use these tools, as well as best practices for online teaching and learning by enrolling in the Faculty: Remote Teaching Organization on Blackboard. 

To access this organization

1.   Log into Blackboard – you may type in WCSU.EDU in the address bar in either Google Chrome or Edge 

2.    Once on the home page – Click on Essentials on the bar along the top and select Blackboard (direct link: https://wcsu.blackboard.com/

3.    Once on the Blackboard sign in page – enter your username (usually lastname first initial) and password.  Click on Login.  You may get a message regarding ‘cookies’.  Click ok or accept. 

4.    You are now in Blackboard

How to self-enroll to in the Faculty: Remote Teaching Organization  

1.    Once you’ve logged into Blackboard, along the top part of your Blackboard page you will see ‘WCSU’ and ‘WCSU Organizations’.  Click on the ‘WCSU Organizations’ tab. 

2.    If this is the first time you are accessing this Organization, in the Organization Search box type Faculty: Remote Teaching (or the partial organization name, like remote) and click on ‘GO’ 

3.    Click on the down arrow (chevron) after the title Faculty: Remote Teaching and select ‘Enroll’ 

4.    Enter  Remote2020 as the access code and select ‘Submit’ (Note: the password is case sensitive) 

5.    Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘OK’ 

6.    The Faculty: Remote Teaching Organization should now appear in your Organization list. 

Preparing your courses to teach remotely (workshops 3/10-3/12)

Are you ready to do these 5 things to keep your class going remotely?: 

  1. Communicate  with your students (Announcements, class and individual email, etc.) 
  2. Share your syllabus and contact info with your class 
  3. Make your content available to your students (course content, lectures, etc.) 
  4. Collect, grade, and return Assignments, exams, etc. (evaluate/assess) 
  5. Interact with your students (online meetings with class and individual students, online discussions, etc.) 

Attend any of the session below to learn how to use Blackboard, Kaltura and WebEx. Don’t wait, be prepared! 

Topics to be covered: 

  • Blackboard (communication, course content, assignments and exams) 
  • Kaltura: recorded lectures 
  • WebEx: Meeting online together 

Session Dates, Times, and Locations 

Wednesday, March 11: 

  • Where and When: 11am-1pm, Haas Library 434 (Lab)
    • Topics (11am-12pm Blackboard; 12pm-1pm Kaltura and WebEx) 
  • Where and When: 2pm-6:30pm, Haas Library 434 (Lab)
    • Topics: (2pm-3pm Blackboard; 3pm-4pm Kaltura and WebEx; 4pm-5pm Open; 5pm-6pm Blackboard; 6pm-6:30pm Open)   

Thursday , March 12: 

  • Where and When: 9am-12pm, Online via WebEx
    • Topics: (9am-10am Blackboard; 10am-11am Kaltura and WebEx; 11am-12pm Open)   
  • Where and When: 1pm-6pm, Haas Library 434  (Lab)
    • Topics: (1pm-2pm Open; 2pm-3pm Blackboard; 3pm-4pm Kaltura and WebEx; 4pm-5pm Open; 5pm-6pm Blackboard) 

***No RSVP needed, but please arrive at the start time of the sessions. ***

Link for Online via WebEx sessions: 


Join by phone 

1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 

1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) 

Meeting Number/Access code: 644 254 258