The idea of a jointly offered online course between Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Malmö University (MU) on Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology was first conceived at the 2nd Annual MU-RIT Symposium on Oct 1-3, 2014, in discussions between faculty members of RIT and MU. The symposium, held in Sweden at MU, provided an opportunity for faculty and administrators from RIT and MU to identify potential collaborative research and teaching partnerships between faculty from the two universities.

Two principal collaborators from each university began to develop a jointly offered course shortly after the symposium, based on an existing online course offered at RIT (PSYC 234 in RIT’s designation). Course development for joint offering between RIT and MU was substantially aided by the Guided Online Learning Development (GOLD) professional development program offered at RIT in the spring of 2016.

The course ran in the summer of 2017 for 10 weeks. The course was designated at MU as OL 154N. This report describes the course design and presents a rationale for joint offering of the courses for students from both RIT and MU in the future, as part of the MU–RIT partnership, in the context of recent research on online teaching. Although what we describe is a case study of a single course in a specific setting, this experience with the design and delivery of a joint online course will offer several valuable “lessons learned” for similar endeavors in similar (i.e., international) settings. Current research literature on online education is reviewed and several specific recommendations are made.

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Technical Report

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Psychology, Department of


College of Liberal Arts


RIT – Main Campus