November 11 , 2011
IntroPsych News provides periodic announcements, course updates, and additional teaching resources for introductory psychology instructors at the University of Alabama.
1. Teaching introductory psychology: Tips from ToP: A collection of over 100 articles from the journal, Teaching of Psychology. Articles cover demonstrations and activities, approaches to the course, and technology in teaching. Looks like a gold mine.
2. "Turning off one's moral compass": What was it like to be a participant in the orginal Milgram studies on obedience? Here's a 7-min summary of the studies that includes a recent interview with a participant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpIzju84v24&feature=related
3. Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI): Students may complete an evaluation of your course during the interval of November 18-December 11. The link is on myBama.
4. Introduction to Psychology with discussion sections: This semester I have taught a large-enrollment PY 101 course that has two lectures per week and one recitation. The recitation sections contain 20-25 students and are highly interactive. They are being led by three doctoral students (Ernest Wayde, Lindsey Jacobs, and April Kendrick). At the end of the term, I will be collecting student reactions to the course and comparing them to students taught this semester in a traditionally structured PY 101 course.
5. Psychological science in the news: APS provides a continuous newsfeed on this page as well as other resources. http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/members/teaching
6. For an additional newsfeed: See the bottom of this page for Psychology headlines from around the world.
7. Importing scantron test scores to eLearning: See the tutorial from the Faculty Resource Center: http://frc.ua.edu/tutorials/
8. UA final exam policies:
- Final exams are administered according to the tentative exam schedule published at www.myBama.ua.edu . Students should consult the final exam schedule before making plans to leave the campus at the end of the semester. Students may petition to reschedule exams if the following circumstances occur:
- A student has 3 or more exams schedule on the same day.
- A student has 2 exams scheduled at the same time.
- Students desiring to reschedule final exams due to three or more exams on one day or two exams scheduled at the same time must submit to their professor(s) documentation of their schedule. Priorities for rescheduling exam times are as follows:
- Exams for lower level classes have priority. For example, a 100-level course has higher priority than a 200-level course. The student should petition the 200-level course instructor for rescheduling.
- Exams for individual courses have higher priority than departmental exams regardless of level. The student with a conflict should petition the instructor of the course with the departmental exam for rescheduling. The exam is normally rescheduled for the time assigned to the individual course in the published examination schedule.
- For 7:00 - 9:30 PM exam conflicts, the daytime course has higher priority than the 6:00 PM or later course. The student should petition the instructor of the evening course for rescheduling.
9. Teaching resources: There are several resources on the Teaching of Psychology course website and I invite you to make use of them. Should you find additional resources that might be helpful to others, please let me know and I will post them. Resources for New Instructors contains information on assisting students and on teaching. The Multimedia Library is a compilation of videos, demos, and websites. You can find these resources by going to the Teaching of Psychology course website (http://bama.ua.edu/~sprentic/
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I’m available to help with issues that arise in your course this semester. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.