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  • “Taking the step from the familiar classroom to online environment is a daunting step. This volume …will make this transition easier especially for those new to online instruction. In addition, [it] will benefit experienced online instructors. … I would certainly … recommend [it] to a colleague. …This volume has the potential to make a contribution to the field of teaching psychology.”
    -Blaine Peden, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
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  • “Any teacher, mentor, or educational researcher would benefit by purchasing this text. …The project …contributes significantly to the fields of psychology and education. …It is the first …highly substantive (minimally theoretical) text I’ve seen on the subject. It is well organized and engaging. The scholarship …is excellent. …This will be a very valuable asset for anyone who teaches psychology. … The tips are pragmatic and spot on in terms of decisions that instructors need to make.”
    -Kenneth C. Elliott, University of Maine at Augusta
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  • “I have taught several courses online …and can attest that there is a fairly steep learning curve for new online instructors. … The book would be most useful for… both new instructors [and] old dogs needing to learn new tricks.”
    -David W. Carroll, University of Wisconsin
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  • “Good materials … for beginning online instructors are often scattered among various sources. … It is critically important that instructors have access to practical and helpful materials so that they can develop quality online courses. … This book is probably the only one out that will focus specifically on psychology.”
    -Suzanne C. Baker, James Madison University
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Welcome to Teaching Psychology Online

Intended as a resource for psychology educators ranging from teaching assistants to experienced faculty, this book shows readers how to effectively create and manage an online psychology course.

Ideal for instructors teaching ANY psychology course, from introductory to upper-level undergraduate to graduate courses, this text can be used for developing online courses in applied areas such as counseling, health, and industrial psychology as well as for courses in social, cognitive, and developmental psychology.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or new to teaching psychology online, the tips in this book can help improve your instruction, reduce your prep time, and enhance your students' success.

"The authors are clearly very competent, experienced online teachers. In addition, they write clearly and effectively. …The idea of [supporting] online resources is excellent."
- David Fetterman, Fetterman & Associates

About the Authors

Kelly S. Neff

KellyKelly Neff is a social psychologist and sexual behavior specialist. Since 2008, she has taught psychology online to thousands of students across the globe for Saddleback College in California. Dr. Neff received her B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She has been awarded several honors including induction to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Georgetown, and was the recipient of the Dr. Stewart Oskamp memorial fellowship at Claremont. Dr. Neff’s online sexuality courses, virtual lectures and blog have attracted a global fan following and enticed many people to try online learning for the first time. In addition to teaching sexuality online, Dr. Neff continues to actively conduct research in the field of human sexuality, write her own series of sex psychology books, and promote positivity, self-acceptance and self-love on her blog and Facebook fan page. Dr. Neff loves to emphasize happiness and the creative pursuits in life, including music, dance, art, spirituality, and participating in conscious gatherings. She enjoys writing about her adventures and more on her website,


Stewart I. Donaldson


Stewart I. Donaldson is Dean & Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Donaldson has recently been appointed Congress Chair for the International Positive Psychology Association’s (IPPA) Third World Congress, June 2013. He is also currently the Director of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program and is serving a 3-year elected term on the AEA Board. He leads the Certificate for the Advanced Study of Evaluation Program at Claremont (a distance education program for working professionals) and has taught thousands of graduate students and working professionals participating in online courses, workshops, webinars, and various other e-learning experiences.

He has also provided applied research and evaluation services to more than 100 different organizations. He is a fellow of the Western Psychological Association, and is on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Evaluation and Program Planning, the Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, and the SAGE Research Methods Online.

Professor Stewart Donaldson has authored or co-authored more than 200 evaluation reports, scientific journal articles, and chapters and his recent books include Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society (2011); Social Psychology and Evaluation (2011); Advancing Validity in Outcome Evaluation: Theory and Practice (2011); Teaching Psychology Online: Tips and Strategies for Success (2013); Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation (forthcoming);The Future of Evaluation in Society: A Tribute to Michael Scriven (forthcoming); What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice? (2008); Program Theory-Driven Evaluation Science: Strategies and Applications (2007); Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers (2006); and Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millennium (2003). Dr. Donaldson has been honored with Early Career Achievement Awards from the Western Psychological Association and the American Evaluation Association.