September 6 , 2012
IntroPsych News provides periodic announcements, course updates, and additional teaching resources for introductory psychology instructors at the University of Alabama.
1. University of Alabama Writing Center (writingcenter.ua.edu): The Center staff helps students develop effective writing skills through free, one-to-one consultations. They have three locations and a number of new services, including students selecting a consultant by speciality/expertise at ua.mywconline.com. Workshops for students are offered on Wednesdays; details at http://writingcenter.ua.edu/students/.
2. Teaching biology in a psychology class. Advice for how to teach physiological topics. From a recent issue of the APS Observer. Thanks to Meghann Sallee for locating this resource.
3. Are you using UA Testing Services to score your exams? If so, instructions for scoring and reporting may be found online.
4. Assisting students: With first exams coming up, you likely will encounter students in need of a candid assessment of their approach to preparing for tests. Helpful tips may be found in Gurung & McCann's (2011) APS Observer article, How should students study? Tips, advice, and pitfalls.
5. What's happening in the brains of late teens and twenty-somethings? Here's an accessible summary of the research that appeared in Scientific American. See the Neuroscience of 20-somethings...
6. Can we learn to forget something? This National Public Radio story decribes an experiment testing intentional forgetting. See Can we learn to forget our memories?
7. 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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8. See the IntroPsych News archive for past newsletters.
I’m available to help with issues that arise in your course this semester. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.