Chu-Chun Fu, Fayetteville State University
Dr. Chu-Chun Fu has been an assistant professor in Department of Psychology at UNC Fayetteville State University since 2015. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Missouri at Columbia, MO. Her professional and research focuses on 1) international student adjustment, 2) career development, and 3) best practice teaching.
Laura Coyle, Fayetteville State University
Dr. Laura D. Coyle is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. She is also a licensed psychologist who provides mental health therapy for children, families, couples, and individuals. Dr. Coyle’s research focuses on the psychological impact of stressors uniquely experienced by diverse and/or underserved populations. Broadly, her research has examined how coping behaviors impact subjective experiences of well-being among various underrepresented populations including those affected by chronic stressors such as poverty, racism, and chronic health concerns.
Kimberly Tran, Fayetteville State University
Kimberly (Kim) Tran, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. She is also a licensed psychologist with a private practice. Dr. Tran teaches both undergraduate traditional and online courses as well as hybrid online graduate courses. She is enthusiastic about integrating technology into her teaching, especially when it facilitates higher learning among a wide diversity of students. She researches, presents, teaches and provides psychological therapy on suicide, PTSD, depression, and substance abuse with a specific emphasis on how cultural factors influence the symptoms, treatment and recovery from these psychological diagnoses.
Military affiliated students from a diversity of backgrounds represent a significant number of students within Fayetteville State University’s online psychology program and this presentation will focus on four ways that the digital space can be enhanced to serve the needs of this specific population. They include adaptive learning, online career coaching, focused content within the Senior Seminar online course and assistance in the transition from an online environment from a community college to the one in a four year institution.
1) Adaptive Learning (Serving the Underserved, Sustainability/Scalability) While military affiliated students tend to perform educationally higher than in comparison to their collegiate peers, gateway courses can still produce higher than desired DFW rates. The success of an initial pilot of the Acrobatiq software in an Introduction to Psychology class, particularly among the military affiliated students, has initiated Fayetteville State University’s implementation of a larger pilot of adaptive learning software to courses in Chemistry, Biology and Math. 2) Career Up! Psychology (CUP) (Serving the Underserved, Partnership) Partnered with and funded by United Negro College Fund Career Pathway initiative (UNCF-CPI), Career Up, Psychology (CUP) is a short-term, four-week online career coaching intervention aimed at increasing career readiness of undergraduate Psychology Majors (both online and in-person) at Fayetteville State University and evaluating the effectiveness of the career intervention.
The purpose of CUP is to 1) identify academic and vocational challenges faced by many underserved students, including military affiliated on-campus and online, 2) facilitate students to gain understanding of their career interests, relevant professional skills, strengths and areas for improvement that they may need to develop towards achieving their desired career paths Senior Seminar (Serving the Underserved, Quality of Initiative/Course Design and Delivery) 3) Psychology 460 is a study of selected contemporary topics examining the functional interrelationships of research, theory, and/or applications within the various areas of psychology. This course has been optimized for online delivery in order to better serve military affiliated students.
With its focus on career preparation, students are given multiple opportunities to translate their military service experience and integrate it with their academic preparation. Students are also encouraged to explore employers that seek skill sets which draw upon service related duties. To that end, online pedagogical tools include: Interview Stream (online mock interview tool), real-time instructor and peer feedback on curriculum vitae/resume/cover letter, Handshake (online job finding tool), LinkedIn profile creation as well as networking assistance, and extensive graduate school preparation through leveraging publicly available online resources. 4) Transition from online community college environment to four year online environment (Serving the Underserved) As online college course offerings and methods of connecting to learning systems rise, we as educators must increase our understanding of the factors supporting the successful implementation/completion of online programs. This is especially critical for the underrepresented, military affiliated, and other non-traditional populations often seen initially in the community college environment. Educators must make an effort to understand and address the unique student needs from migrating from diverse online programs and l improve their opportunities for success. An example of an online tool is an LMS thesaurus which will enable a smoother transition between differing learning management systems.