Daniel Stokols, Chancellor's Professor of Planning, Policy and Design and Psychology and Social Behavior, has taught an environmental psychology class at UC Irvine since 1973. He figures that’s about 8,000 students over almost 40 years. Since his course went online in June, however, a staggering 150,000 more have taken it.
Last spring, with the help of UCI’s Teaching, Learning & Technology Center, Stokols recorded and edited his classroom lectures in environmental psychology, then posted them to UCI’s iTunes U channel and the center’s YouTube channel. UCI Extension also included a link to Stokol’s iTunes U class on the campus’s OpenCourseWare site.
The free online course, which consists of lecture videos, presentation slides and study guides, is not taken for degree credit, as there are no tests or homework assignments. Subscribers learn about seminal research in environmental psychology, such as Stokols’ 1981 study on the effects of aircraft noise on elementary school children.