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Author Brooke Whisenhunt discusses designing a digital first product for her Introductory Phsychology course and the results she saw in her classroom as a result of adding technology.
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Brooke Whisenhunt is a professor of psychology at Missouri State University where she has been a faculty member since 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1997 and her PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University in 2002. Her research has focused on body image, obesity, and eating disorders, in addition to the scholarship of teaching and learning. She teaches undergraduate courses, including Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Teaching of Psychology, in addition to graduate-level courses in psychological assessment.
In addition to her academic position, she is also a licensed clinical psychologist. She was a member of the introductory psychology redesign team at Missouri State University as part of a statewide mission in course redesign through the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). The redesign team transformed introductory psychology at Missouri State University into a blended course and demonstrated significant improvements in learning outcomes. The results of this project have been published in Psychology Learning and Teaching and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Since the completion of the redesign project, Dr. Whisenhunt has been serving as a Missouri Learning Commons Scholar to assist other institutions in the state implement redesign projects. She is also a National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Redesign Scholar. She has presented across the country about pedagogical strategies to improve learning, decrease institutional costs, and improve retention in introductory psychology.