Kazdin receives teaching award for ‘Everyday Parenting’ online course

The team behind the Everyday Parenting online course: Andy Koss, Jack Neiswanger, Dr. Alan Kazdin, Belinda Platt
Left to right: Andy Koss, production assistant; Jack Neiswanger, media producer; Dr. Alan Kazdin, Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry; and Belinda Platt, Assistant Director of Digital Education.

Alan Kazdin, Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry and director of the Yale Parenting Center, received the Learners First Award for his online course, “Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing.”

Coursera, an online course platform and partner institution for Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning, selected Kazdin from a group of faculty members who launched courses on the platform in 2017.

Coursera announced the award at their annual Partners Conference on March 8. Staff members from Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning accepted the award on behalf of Kazdin and shared a pre-recorded video message from the Yale psychologist with conference participants.

I am honored to receive a teaching award from Coursera,” said Kazdin. “The team that is involved in this effort includes the Parenting Center, the Broadcast Studio, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. It is a privilege to be a part of such a great team.”

We learned that Professor Kazdin was selected in February,” said Belinda Platt, associate director of digital education at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. “Coursera shared that Alan’s course spurred overwhelmingly positive feedback from learners, and the course earned excellent course ratings: 4.9 out of 5.0.”

Over 20,000 learners have enrolled in “Everyday Parenting” since the course launched in July 2017. The four-week course consists of 26 video lessons, 14 optional reading assignments, 21 quizzes, and one peer-review writing assignment to reflect on the use of Kazdin’s parenting techniques in the home. As 10 cohorts of learners have progressed through the course, many parents submitted anonymous course evaluations and left public reviews of the course describing how the course has impacted their lives.

One learner wrote: “Thank you so much, I am blown away by how much and how fast your recommendations worked. I have an almost 4-year-old daughter … she was the easiest child in the history of the world to raise, but over this last year her behavior just got worse and worse. Your techniques literally worked overnight and have been working for two weeks now. We are both much happier people.”

Everyday Parenting: the ABCs of Child Rearing” is Kazdin’s first online course. He worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Broadcast Studio to prepare and produce the course. The CTL supports the pedagogy and the Broadcast Studio supports the technical production of Yale’s online courses. Each online course requires strong collaboration and long hours of planning and production.

It’s incredible to work with faculty from across the campus to share knowledge and research from Yale with the world,” said Jack Neiswanger, media producer at Yale Broadcast Studio. “It was a privilege to work with Dr. Kazdin and his colleagues to create ‘Everyday Parenting.’ In the end, we are happy to support faculty and facilitate their goals.”

Kazdin’s ultimate goal is to share techniques with parents who would like help with their children, regardless of socioeconomic status, cultural background, gender, sex, or religion. To reach a global audience, the course has been translated into Chinese, and Spanish subtitles will be available by the end of March.

At the Yale Parenting Center, we developed a set of behavior-change techniques rooted in research,” said Kazdin. “We have been committed to improving the lives of parents and children by helping parents learn how to use these techniques. The objective is more effective parenting that results in children that are functioning well at home, at school, and in the community.”

To learn more about Kazdin’s course and techniques, or to enroll, visit Yale’s Coursera webpage.

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