President's Report 2007

Memorial professor simulates reality to inspire student learning

Dr. Brent Snook

Dedicated to inspiring students to learn, Memorial psychology professor Dr. Brent Snook has created a web-based version of his popular forensic psychology course that lets students participate in jury selection, eyewitness recall and recognition and much more.

In the course introduction, Dr. Snook even simulates his arrest, where a students’ first impression of him are as a shady character wearing a ski mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt. With the help of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), Dr. Snook has incorporated at least 12 multimedia components into his web-based psychology 2150 course.

“I want students to get involved in the course by taking on the roles of participants,” said Dr. Snook. “This way they get a experience what it’s like to make some of the decisions that have to be made in the legal system.