APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition An overview of what’s new in the 6th edition of the APA style manual. Includes free tutorials on What’s new in the Sixth Edition” and The Basics of APA Style. Good resources for you and your students.
APA Formatting and Style Guide This presentation from Purdue University is a very thorough guide to APA sytle for writing papers featuring citations, references, headings, language, figure captions, and all the rest.
The Assessment CyberGuide for Learning Goals and Outcomes in the Undergraduate Psychology Major. The Assessment CyberGuide for Learning Goals and Outcomes in the Undergraduate Psychology Major by the Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies, Board of Educational Affairs American Psychological Association. This guide includes best practices, principles for assessing student learning, bibliography of assessment resources, overview of strategies, evaluation of strategies, Bloom’s taxonomy and much more.
Association for Research in Personality This new scientific society, founded in 2001, brings together researchers who work on personality processes, structure, and development.
Careers in Psychology Web resources for psychology majors.
The Citation Machine walks users through the parts of a reference and then format the information in APA format for citations and references. A fun tool for beginners.
This Citation Guide from Australian Help walks visitors through the steps need to create an APA formatted reference.
Claremont Graduate University Online Video Library. Claremont Graduate University, Clarmont, CA, maintains an online video library of selected talks and panel discussions at the University. Check out their how page with a listing of topics, talks, and speakers.
Classics in The History of Psychology Find excerpts and complete works in electronic format from the classic personality theorists in this site maintained by Christopher D. Green, York University, Toronto.
Clickers in the Classroom The Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology provides their newest guide: Student Response Systems (Clickers”) in the Psychology Classroom: A Beginner’s Guide (2009)” by K. G. Kelly. This 19-page guide discusses topics instructors should consider before adopting a clicker system for their classes. Opens in PDF.
Clips for Class From the website: We launched an extensive search for videos on the internet that could be used both in class and by students at home. The videos range from news clips, to popular television shows, to student projects, and represent many psychological fields of study. This collection of creative videos for all areas of psychology includes these notable ones on personality: individualism vs. collectivism, psychosexual stages explained in the spirit of High School Musical, Self-Efficacy Theory (a la Masterpiece Theatre), a clip from the MTV show room raiders to illustrate the Five Factor model, and others.
Create Your Own Crossword Puzzle This website lets you enter vocabulary words and definitions which it then arranges into a crossword puzzle. Excellent way to help students review material and have some fun at the same time. Even better: Have students create their own puzzles.
Debriefed Stories: How to Conduct a Debriefing Discussion According to trainer and games guru Sivasailam Thiagi Thiagarajan People don’t learn from experience. They learn from reflecting on their experience. In this interactive story, he presents six questions for debriefing which facilitators can use to help participants reflect and learn from their experience. Very useful for teachers, trainers, facilitators, group leaders, and others who like to use experiential learning in their work. From the Thiagi Gameletter, October 2014.
Diversity Content in Introductory Psychology The APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training Task Force (CEMRRAT2 TF) Textbook Initiative Work Group presents this 39-page booklet Toward an Inclusive Psychology: Infusing the Introductory Psychology Textbook With Diversity Content. Opens in PDF format.
The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University presents this extensive online resource which features resources to help new and established faculty design and teach a course, incorporate technology, assess teaching and learning, apply principles of teaching and learning, and more.
Educating Students About Plagiarism By Marika Lamoreaux, Kim Darnell, Elizabeth Sheehan, and Chantal Tusher (Georgia State University), this resource contains materials to help educate students about plagiarism and to help faculty understand how to handle it if it occurs. Included are an overview for faculty “Educating Students,” a slide show for a lecture “Plagiarism,” a worksheet for students “Recognizing Plagiarism,” a plagiarism contract students sign “Plagiarism Contract,” suggested answers faculty can offer to respond to common student excuses “Answers to Common Excuses,” and a flowchart showing how one university handles plagiarism reports “Academic Dishonesty Flowchart.” Scroll down to the section on Ethics (or use the find function to search for “Plagiarism”).
The Educator’s Reference Desk The Educator’s Reference Desk, a site for elementary and high school teachers, provides links to Internet sites, educational organizations, and electronic discussion groups; lesson plans; and a question archive. They have a section on psychology for 11-12 graders.
Elements of Master Teaching — Video Clips (2013) by Jeffrey R. Stowell (Eastern Illinois University) and R. Eric Landrum (Boise State University) is composed of 73 short YouTube videos of college teachers displaying qualities associated with elements of master teaching. Information about each clip is contained in a table that lists the clip length, course discipline, course level, and specific teacher behaviors demonstrated. Viewers can use YouTube’s built-in functions to submit comments and provide like/dislike ratings. The videos could be incorporated into teaching seminars, graduate student training, faculty development efforts, and research studies on the impact of viewing elements of master teaching behaviors. Opens in PDF.
First Day of Class Beginnings are important says Joyce T. Povlacs of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This list of 101 Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class which she put together is a catalog of suggestions for college teachers who are looking for a fresh way of creating the best possible environment for learning. (Opens in PDF).
Flash Cards Remember those flash cards with terms or questions on one side and the answer on the other? Here is a website that allows a visitor to create unlimited flashcards, review others’ flash cards, search for flash cards by topic, share flash cards with others, study on-line, and play a memory game. Flashcards are also available on Quizlet.
A Flashcard Strategy to Help Students Prepare for Three Types of Multiple-Choice Questions Commonly Found on Introductory Psychology Tests (2013) The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) presents this resource (click to expand the Introductory Psychology category) by Drew Appleby to provide students with a research-based study strategy designed to help them understand, prepare for, and take multiple-choice tests more successfully. The 32 slides that accompany the introductory article familiarize students with three types of cognitive processes their instructors will commonly ask them to use in their classes and then invite them to model the behavior of their instructors by creating flashcards. Their flashcards should contain verbatim definitions for retention questions, accurate paraphrases for comprehension questions, and realistic examples for application questions. Scroll down to the section on Introductory Psychology.
Flashcards: Beyond Rote Memorization: New Ways to Use Flashcards to Learn, Remember, and Understand Concepts (2015) Students often use flashcards, but they often do not use them effectively. ThisPowerPoint, created by Mark Mitchell and Janina Jolley of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, shows students how to make and study flashcards effectively. Instructors can use this PowerPoint as a presentation or they can assign it to students as a tutorial. If used as a tutorial, professors can have students print out a results page that will tell professors how long students spent on the tutorial and how well they did on a quiz over the tutorial. Requires PowerPoint 2010 or later and, when prompted, users should choose to enable macros.
A Guide to Writing Learning Objectives for Teachers of Psychology (2012) The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) is pleased to announce this new resource for teachers by Guy A. Boysen of the State University of New York at Fredonia and McKendree University. The purpose of this 18-page resource is to assist psychology teachers in (a) understanding key terms related to objectives and their assessment, (b) writing behavior-based learning objectives, and (c) evaluating objectives once they are written. The resource includes a table that illustrates how various psychology outcomes can be addressed with objectives at various levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. Opens in PDF.
Great Ideas in Personality While focusing on scientific research programs in personality psychology, this site provides many resources for instructors and students including links to references, researchers, courses, grants, journals, societies and textbooks.
High School Teachers of Psychology The American Psychological Association sponsors these resources for high school teachers of psychology. Includes teaching resources, national standards for high school psychology curricula, workshops and conferences, resources for students, and information about how teachers can join Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS).
How to Get the Most Out of Studying Stephen Chew, Samford University, created this series of 5 videos to help students. Grounded in his own research on using cognitive principles to improve teaching and learning, Chew presents basic principles of how people learn and tries to correct counterproductive beliefs so that students can improve their learning by designing their own effective study strategies and avoiding ineffective strategies.
How to Search APA’s Research Databases Anne Breitenbach, APA Publications & Databases, put together this primer describing the host of free teaching tools for psychology research that are perfect for undergraduate students, [including] video tutorials, training webinars and reference guides that will help students learn how to efficiently search scholarly research databases, [and] website materials, podcasts and topic guides that will help them explore psychology and human behavior.
How to Study Like A Pro: 9 Evidence-Based Study Strategies The editor of the Research Digest published by the British Psychological Society compiled these 9 strategies for a special issue for students. Each of the tips are described and include a link to a summary of the published research which supports the usefulness of the strategy. Strategies include: adopt a growth mindset, sleep well, pace your studies, test yourself, and more.
Improving Learning, Teaching and Leadership Performance The mission of the Individual Development & Educational Assessment (IDEA) Center To serve colleges and universities committed to improving learning, teaching, and leadership performance This website contains an extensive collection of resources. Of particular value are a series of 4-6 page papers (listed under the Research and Papers tab) on topics ranging from improving lectures and motivating students to grading, speaking skills, adult learners, assessment, and student writing.
The Jigsaw Classroom The jigsaw classroom is a research-based cooperative learning technique invented and developed in the early 1970s by Elliot Aronson and his students at the University of Texas and the University of California. Since 1971, thousands of classrooms have used jigsaw with great success. This website contains directions, tips, history, and background information and more.
Journals Devoted to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Developmental Psych.org maintains this list of journals (with links) which publish articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Learn Psychology Mark Holah and Jamie Davies created this site to help Psychology A-level students prepare for their exam. The main feature of the site is an extensive glossary of psychological terms and concepts. Check out their Term of the Day or just browse featured randomly selected items. Be sure to suggest your favorite terms for inclusion!
Learning Through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy This combination printed book, free e-book, and web page is a collection of methodologies, social practices, and hands-on assignments by leading educators who are using digital media to enhance learning on and off college campuses. For example, recent essays included evaluation of new technologies, principles of fair use, networking in the classroom, and using technology to improve teaching and learning.
LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. Organized by decade, people, places, event, sports, and culture, you will certainly find an interesting image here — of a particular figure in personality psychology, for example — to spark discussion and enliven presentations.
Making Connections: Social Issues in the Psychology Classroom Susan Goldstein of the University of Redlands established and maintains this site to: provide teachers of psychology with resources to assist them, both pedagogically and conceptually, in making connections between current social issues and specific topics across the psychology curriculum. The site features summaries of research findings, suggestions for videos, podcasts, and other multimedia resources, pedagogy-focused resources on relevant classroom activities and teaching strategies, and links to professional organizations and scholarly web resources with information on social issues.
Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences. Maintained by the National University of Ireland, Galway, this site is designed to be a repository for instruments that are used to collect data from across the social sciences. Please use the site to discover instruments you can use in you own research. We now have more than 500 instruments concerned with a wide range of topics (e.g. autism, health, pain). You can use the search function above to search the database using pre-identified key words, or generate your own terms to search the instrument titles. Researchers are welcome to submit any scales, questionnaires, and instruments that they have developed in an easy to use wiki-like format. See the site for details.
Motivation: Developing Responsible and Autonomous Learners: A Key to Motivating Students From the American Psychological Association (APA): [T]eachers can apply a wealth of psychological research in their classrooms. Psychology’s insights can help teachers manage behavior problems, motivate students, assist struggling learners, handle stress and support talented youth. In this module Developing Responsible and Autonomous Learners: A Key to Motivating Students (2014) psychologist Barbara McCombs describes how teachers can use findings from Self-Determination theory and developmental psychology to help create autonomous, self-regulated learners from kindergarten through high school and beyond.
Movies to illustrate principles of Personality Psychology Add your own examples here.
Multicultural Teaching The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan sponsors this page of information and strategies for multicultural teaching. Everything from course planning, teaching social justice, to responding to difficult decisions, and instructor identity.
Myers & Dewall Talk Psych David Myers and Nathan DeWall enjoy connecting psychological science with everyday life. In Myers and DeWall Talk Psych they share exciting new findings, everyday applications, and observations on all things psychology.
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula In August 2005 the American Psychological Association designed these standards to enhance quality curricula, to express learning goals for students, and to promote change in the teaching of the high school introductory psychology course.
Online Psychology Laboratory According to the website, OPL provides highly interactive resources for the teaching of psychological science. The peer-reviewed materials include online studies and correlational studies, large data sets, demonstrations, and teaching aids.
Online Textbook George Boeree of Shippensburg University has created an electronic textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in Personality Theories.
Online Video Guide From the website: OVGuide.com is the Internet’s most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to online video, including TV shows, movies, user-generated content and video games… the [site] delivers an innovative, user-friendly way to search and browse relevant, high-quality video sites on the Web.
OTRP on Line The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) develops and distributes teaching and advising materials and provides services to teachers of psychology at all levels on behalf of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Look here for everything from copies of syllabi, how to write letters of recommendation, how to host an undergraduate research conference, to ethical issues and ice breakers with everything else in between.
Participate in Online Research The Social Psychology Network, maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University, lists over 150 web-based experiments, surveys, and other social psychological studies. Click on the section labels Personality and Individual differences to find links to studies on various topics such as the Five Factor Model, birth season, motivation, anxiety and more.
Personality and Consciousness A compendium of brief overviews and short excerpts from major works of various personality theorists.
The Personality Project A cooperative website presenting the latest issues and findings of theory and research on individual differences.
Personality and Social Relationships In 2008 a group of researchers established the Personality and Social Relationships or PERSOC group to help others integrate findings from social psychology and personality psychology. PERSOC is based on the idea that the interplay of personality and social relationships is influenced by three classes of variables: dispositions (as measured by self-report questionnaires, indirect tests of personality or biological measures), cues (appearances, behaviors, and behavioral residues, as measured by direct observation), and interpersonal perceptions (as measured by other-reports at zero, short-term, or long-term acquaintance). Their website contains a description of their work, tools for teaching and for statistical analysis, and links to important papers. Teaching materials are available in German with English versions to come.
Personality Unit Lesson Plan for Secondary Schools The APA Education Directorate and the Teachers of Psychology in the Secondary School (TOPSS) Committee are pleased to announce a new unit lesson plan on Personality written by Simine Vazire. The unit plan includes a content outline, classroom activities, critical thinking and discussion questions, references and suggested readings, and two appendixes. The six lessons cover An Introduction to Personality, Assessment of Personality, Psychodynamic Theories of Personality, Trait and Social-Cognitive Theories of Personality, Humanistic Theories of Personality, and Personality: Culture, Work, and Health.
Plagiarism The San Jose State University Library designed this on-line tutorial to help teach students about plagiarism, proper citation styles, and ways to avoid plagiarism. Features an on-line quiz at the end.
Psi Chi Research Measures Database. Psi Chi maintains this database of various websites linking to research measures, tools, and instruments. All of the resources are tagged by category and by keywords. You can retrieve lists of resources by topic or search by keyword.
Psico Mundo The world of psychoanalysis…in Spanish on Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Karl Abraham, Françoise Dolto, Sandor Ferenczi, Erich Fromm, Georg Groddeck, Jacques Hassoun, Melanie Klein, Jacques Lacan, and Donald Winnicott.
Psychlotron.org Psychlotron.org.uk is a website of teaching resources for teachers and lecturers. Though aimed at those teaching introductory psychology in the British system, there are many free resources here applicable to those teaching personality psychology including this unit on Freud and Personality.
Psychmovies.com Brooke J. Cannon, Marywood University, created and maintains this extensive site which lists movies illustrative psychological principles organized by topic, genre, and popularity ratings. Check out her suggestions for mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and more.
Psychology Teaching Ideas: A Blog for Teachers of AS and A2 Psychology Experienced teacher of A Level Psychology in the UK, Caroline Rigby created this blog for teachers of A Level Psychology. Posts on this blog include ideas to keep teaching topical by using Psychology related news and publications in the classroom and ways to ensure students experience Psychology at A Level in a way that equips them with the thinking and study skills for future study.
Psychological Tests for Students Use Ron Okada, York University, Toronto, put up this handy page for his students conducting research. It contains many tests relevant for both social and personality psychology. The tests are available in PDF or Word 2002 formats for the downloading. Tests available include the Attitude Towards Women Scale, Authoritarianism-Rebellion Scale, Body Esteem, Loneliness Scale, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Procrastination Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Aggression Questionnaire, Trust Scale and much more.]]
Psychology Jeopardy Stephen Wurst, SUNY Oswego, created these Jeopardy-style games to use for review sessions with your classes. Boards are organized by theme and include: David Bowie Songs, Bruce Springsteen Songs, WordPlay, Broadway Musicals, Classic Jeopardy Categories, Dr. Strangelove and more. You play directly on the Super Teacher website by choosing the number of teams and amount of time to answer questions. Correct answers are given and the site includes a scoreboard. Note that the Super Teacher Tools website has a Jeopardy template which you can use to include your own questions.
Questionnaire Compendium Alan Reifman, Texas Tech University, created this extensive listing of links to questionnaires used in Social-Personality psychology where (a) the full instrument is shown, and (b) the instrument was put on the web by the person who created the instrument, thus ensuring that the instrument was intended to be put into the public domain.
CHIPTS: Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services maintains this extensive list of links to 203 questionnaires for practitioners and researchers, many of them related to personality including: Sub-Categories: Attachment, Coping Strategies, Health Efficacy, Life Outcomes, Mental Health, Perceived Vulnerability/Susceptibility, Personal Traits, Quality of Life, Religious/Spiritual, Self-efficacy, Sexual Attitudes, Social and much, much more.
Quotations from your favorite personality theorists…and others!
Resources for Teaching Social Psychology Jonathan Mueller at North Central College, in Naperville, Illinois, put together the extensive website (and newsletter!) Resources for Teaching Social Psychology. Check out his resources for teaching the Self as well as other topics related to both personality psychology and social psychology.
Review Fun: Grab That Spoon! Educator and simulation game guru Sivasailam (Thiagi) Thiagarajan maintains a web site with tons of ideas to get participants involved and playing with ideas. Grab That Spoon! is a quick, five-minute game with a dash of friendly competition. It’s a game in which everyone participates regardless of the size of the group (5 or 500, it still works!). It’s a game that allows the learners to generate the review information, to participate in it, and to discuss their own understanding of the material learned. In other words, it’s a game in which the participants learn a lot in a little time!
Royalty-free Images From the United States Government Librarians at SUNY Albany put together this list of links to collections of images from the United States Government which may be free to use. They include Federal photo collection, NASA and NOAA images, National Park Service photos and much more (opens in PDF format).
Science Fair Projects and Experiments Topics, ideas, resources, and sample projects for primary, elementary, middle and high school students and teachers compiled by Julian Rubin. Includes science fair projects types, the scientific method, the display board for many topics in Psychology and Human Behavior. Personality projects include: Myers-Briggs type indicator, addictive behavior, birth order, stress and self-esteem, mood and humor, and more. With minor modifications, some topics and projects may also be suitable for college-level laboratory classes in personality psychology.
Scientific Literacy in a Psychology Curriculum Module (2013) ”The authors describe 9 scientific literacy activities to teach Introductory Psychology students how to read original research reports, critically and thoroughly evaluate secondary research reports, and analyze the utility of each. A 25-page document describes the activities without answers for instructors, a 34-page booklet provides students with the materials they need, and 148 slides contain material without answers that instructors can use in class. Versions with answers to students’ assignments are available to members after logging into STP’s website. Find the link under the INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY category.
Super Teacher Tools This site is dedicated to providing technology tools for teaching that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom. Includes review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators.
Teaching Clinical Psychology This site is devoted to sharing ideas and resources for teaching clinical psychology, especially undergraduate courses on abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, group dynamics, psychological testing, and clinical components of introductory psychology. This extensive website includes exercises, examples, essays, handouts and more including contributions from users.
The Teaching Ed Psych Wiki is a collection of materials helpful in teaching introductory educational psychology in teacher education programs including class activities and demonstrations, course assignments, course syllabi, and materials on specific topics within educational psychology.
Teaching High School Psychology Blog A blog for teachers of high school psychology, both advanced placement and introduction to psychology moderated by Kent Korek, Steve Jones, Rob McEntentarffer, Chuck Schallhorn, and Trevor Tusow. Contains resource, ideas, announcements, musings, and other cool stuff related to teaching psychology in high schools.
Teaching of Psychology Wiki. The Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology, just debuted this wiki. Wiki-Master Sue Frantz, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA, explains: This brand new resource is completely dependent on you to build it. In the spirit of reciprocity, we ask that if you take something, you leave something. To be able to write to this wiki, you will need to request access from the Wiki-Master.
Teaching Psychology Through Film Check out Raymond J. Green’s Teaching Tips column on Teaching Psychology Through Film, Video which ran in Psychological Science and is available online here. He discusses the whys, hows, and pitfalls of using films to teach psychological concepts.
Teach it Quick and Make it Stick. Professional trainer and speaker Sharon Bowman has a ton of ideas to keep audiences involved and learning. Check it out when you need a quick activity to liven up a content-heavy lecture, an ice breaker, or a special closing activity. Especially useful for large lecture classes.
TeachPsychScience: Resources for Teaching Research and Statistics in Psychology Gary W. Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco and David Strohmetz created this site containing links to peer-reviewed resources for teaching research methods and statistics including online demonstrations, descriptions of class demonstrations, class and lab activities, class assignments, lecture materials, PowerPoints, exemplar studies, and student exercises.
Teampedia: Tools for Teams Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that anyone can edit! This site is designed for a wide audience including: team leaders, trainers, teachers, managers, camp directors, counselors, and youth groups.
Technology for Educators Created by psychologist Sue Franz “finding new technologies so you don’t have to” where she shares her discoveries of technology which enhances her teaching or the learning of her students. Includes an overview and description of tech essentials, handouts from her workshops, and handy information on everything from blogging to presentations to file management, and downloading videos.
Textbooks for Personality Psychology The Social Psychology Network maintains a list of textbooks for personality psychology along with links to publishers and examination copy request forms.
The Thiagi Group: The Source for Training Games and Interactive Experiential Strategies Educator and simulation game guru Sivasailam (Thiagi) Thiagarajan of Barnga fame, maintains a web site with tons of ideas to get participants involved and playing with ideas. According to the website: We Do Training. And we do it differently. We use games and activities that engage participants. We keep them interacting with each other and with the content. We design training faster, cheaper, and better with an irreverent process that eliminates unnecessary steps that don’t add value. Come play with us! We’ll have you laughing and learning.Check out their many ideas and sign up for their monthly e-mail newsletter.
35 Tools For Teachers, Tutors and Students The social networking news blog Mashable summarizes 35 of the best computer and internet tools for education including applications for grading, social networking, teaching and tutoring jobs and more.
This is Psychology The American Psychological Association presents this series of brief videos illustrating how psychological research can be applied to a broad range of issues and challenges such as bullying, children’s mental health, and other issues of concern to the general public.
U.C. Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning presents this compendium of classroom-tested strategies and suggestions designed to improve the teaching practices of all college instructors, including beginning, mid-career, and senior faculty members. The page features links to teaching tools that cover both traditional practical tasks–writing a course syllabus, delivering an effective lecture–as well as newer concerns such as technology and online learning.
The Top 20 Principles for Pre-K to 12 Education According to the American Psychological Association, Psychological science has much to contribute to enhancing teaching and learning in the everyday classroom by providing key insights on effective instruction, classroom environments that promote learning, and the appropriate use of assessment — including data, tests, measurement and research methods that inform practice.In this report, the APA presents the 20 most important principles from psychology that would be of greatest use in pre-K to 12 classroom teaching and learning. The report focuses on five areas of psychological functioning including: Cognition and learning: How do students think and learn?; Motivation: What motivates students?; Social context and emotional dimensions: Why are social context, interpersonal relations and emotional well-being important to student learning?; Context and learning: How can the classroom best be managed?; and Assessment: How can teachers assess student progress?.
TOPIX: Teaching of Psychology Idea Exchange The site includes classroom activities, videos, and an ‘In the News’ section where summaries of articles from the popular press are linked to the original source and classroom-appropriate discussion questions are provided. Includes rubrics for grading APA-style papers; presentation slides that use animation to illustrate the size-distance illusion and the Stroop test, suitable for class use; videos from all over psychology, and much more.
25 Strategies for Increasing Interactivity in Virtual Classrooms The Thiagi Gameletter, produced by the Thiagi Group, Inc., which specialized in “seriously fun activities for trainers, facilitators, performance consultants, and manager” presents this special list of 25 fun and effective strategies to help you move away from traditional ways of providing online content. Some of their ideas include Assessment-Based Learning Activities, Brain-Pick Activity, Case Method, Interactive Video Watching, Graphics Games and much more.
Videos for Class: The Psychological Channel This website is dedicated to streaming videos from various sites (youtube, Google video, etc.) that were hand picked for their educational, therapeutic, or scientific valuein the field of psychology. The site also offers videos, blogs and a message board.
Web 2.0/21st Century Tools This site provides links and reviews of web tools for educators including audio file management, bookmarking, charts/graphs, digital art, digital storytelling, file conversion, file sharing, photo editing, presentation/slideshow, project management, search engines, social networks, survey/polls, timelines, webQuests, word processing, video/screencasting and more. Most of the sites are open source and free.
WingClips: Movie Clips that Illustrate and Inspire Inspirational movie clips for use in school, church, or other organization. The sight is organized by movie title, scripture, category, theme, and is searchable. Clips can be streamed (but are imprinted with a watermark) or can be downloaded. Most are free; some are available for a small fee.
The Wonderful World of Wikis Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented on “WWW: The Wonderful World of Wikis” at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology on January 5,2008 in Florida. Her presentation summarized the pros and cons of wikis, presented examples of wikis in psychology, described how instructors can create a wiki of their own, demonstrated how instructors can contribute to existing wikis, and discussed the huge potential of this technology for the instructors of psychology. Miserandino is the creator and moderator of Personality Pedagogy, a wiki for the teaching of personality psychology.
Writing and Revising Looking for a thorough writing guide for you or your students? Over the past 20 years of teaching, writing, and editing, I have compiled a set of tips, tricks, and pet peeves that I share with students and colleagues. I’ve decided to make this writing guide more widely available in case others will find it useful. The emphasis is on scientific writing, but the same principles apply to most non-fiction (including journalism). I will maintain a link to the most recent version of the file on this page.