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Design Thinking, Mental Health, Learning, Research, Reflection
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Introduction to Psychology Part 2

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Beginner
Topics
Design Thinking, Mental Health, Learning, Research, Reflection
Course Description

In Introduction to Psychology Part 1, you learned about the foundations of human behavior including contributions of the brain, sensation and perception, emotions, and development. In Introduction to Psychology Part 2, we cover learning, mental health, our social world and more.


This course is an instance of creative education. Psychology courses typically use lectures and tutorials to focus on key concepts, the history of psychology and the scientific methods used in psychological research. This course takes a different approach. It harnesses the creative and collaborative power of project-based learning using a series of digital projects which are scaffolded to create a coherent understanding of this important field of study. Each project is set up using Digital Intro to explain and frame the work students undertake alone or in small groups.


All of you will be bringing different backgrounds, skills, abilities, cultures, and perspectives. We want to fully embrace this vast resource to maximize growth and learning for each of us. Our collective wisdom will spark all sorts of beautiful and transformative experiences in ways we cannot even see coming!

Here are THE ESSENTIALS:

Lessons will be delivered through a series of video presentations aimed at teaching you about the field of psychology and preparing you conceptually for approaching a series of digital projects.

Projects will allow you to engage with the course concepts in ways that offer deeper learning. You will have opportunities to investigate for insight, design for change, advocate for influence, teach to learn, and make learning stick.

Opportunities for reflection are also woven into the course giving you the chance to give your learning meaning and value.

Digital Intro

The Digital Intro initiative is transforming introductory courses into active, project-based experiences. Our projects expose students to a wide range of digital skills as they learn traditional disciplinary content. Within our digital “Introduction to Psychology” course, students explore concepts and content in the field of psychology through video storytelling, programming, data visualization, web development, design and more. This novel curriculum solidifies new content knowledge, exposes students to modern digital tools and provides the opportunity to create tangible learning artefacts.


Acknowledgements

Special thanks to:

  • Hero Hendrick-Baker, Smith College (class of '22), the presenter in the project videos
  • Harrison Tan, Wesleyan University (class of '21), the narrator in the videos.


Cover Art by Paul Craft via Shutterstock, https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavlokravchenko/




schedule

This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Learning (December 9, 2021)
Theories of learning
2 lessons
1. Lesson: Learning
2. Project: Connecting Learning with Theory
Session 2: Design Thinking Week (December 16, 2021)
Design Thinking higher education
1 lessons
1. Project: Design Thinking Higher Education
Session 3: Mental Health Week (December 23, 2021)
Mental disorders and their treatment
3 lessons
1. Lesson: Mental Disorders
2. Project: Advocacy Poster
3. Project: Mapping Data
Session 4: Psychology in ... (December 30, 2021)
Psychology in political advertising
1 lessons
1. Lesson: WMP on Negative Ads
Session 5: Pay it Forward Week (January 6, 2022)
New content creation for future students
4 lessons
1. Project (option): Creating Video Lessons from a Script
2. Project (option): Animating Psychology Research
3. Project (option): Creating an Instructional Tutorial
4. Project (option): Script Writing for Video Lessons
Session 6: Research Week (January 13, 2022)
Participation in psychology research
1 lessons
1. Lesson: Social Psychology
Session 7: Reflection Week (January 20, 2022)
Course reflection
1 lessons
1. Project: Reflection Interviews
Session 8: Final Portfolio (January 27, 2022)
Completion of project portfolio
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Technology Notes

Lessons and project instruction videos are available each week on the learning management platform. We recommend viewing the videos in full screen to get the best experience. 

You will also need a computer, access to the internet, and sound, graphic and video editing software.

Video uploads are limited to 250 MB can be difficult sometimes. Here is a free video compressor that might be useful. https://www.freeconvert.com/video-compressor/download


Additional Information

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets designed for teaching and learning. They are open to everyone and can be used, revised, re-mixed, improved and redistributed freely. A commitment to OER creates expanded access to learning and has the potential to contribute to greater equity and inclusion. We are 100% committed to OER both in the content we provide to students and in the contributions that this community will make to expanding OER. By enrolling in this course, you consent to your work becoming an OER. This includes media with your likeness, image, and/or voice as well as the projects, images, video, and audio recordings that you create for the class. We expect that the OER archives that we will generate will serve as an important resource for future learners.

Please note that if you include one or more people from outside of the course in any of your video or audio projects, ideally, you should do so in a way that they are not individually recognizable (e.g. from a distance, legs only, etc.). If people are recognizable, the video or audio must come from a public space where there is no expectation of privacy. If you interview someone, let them know you are working on a class project that will become an open educational resource, freely available on-line. Provide them with the opportunity to decline participation.