WPA CUPP Symposium

 

Below is a collection of resources compiled for the CUPP Symposium entitled “Using Technology to Enhance the Classroom Learning” that will be held at the upcoming Western Psychological Association (WPA) in Long Beach.

Here is a synopsis of the panel:

Session Chair: Ayesha Shaikh

Technology has changed the landscape of teaching across various disciplines substantially over the past decade. Including digital tools in the classroom has the potential to improve student participation and interest, collaborations between students, and the students’ information literacy. If not incorporated into our teaching in deliberate ways, it may not accomplish the desired effects. This symposium will include presentations and discussion examining a variety of ways in which digital tools have been utilized to enhance the classroom experience of undergraduate psychology students in traditional classroom settings. Faculty will discuss how and why they have incorporated various technologies into their teaching, and students and faculty will discuss the effects these experiences have had on student learning and engagement. The faculty presenters are novice users of these technologies, so they will be able to offer valuable insights to new users of technologies who may be exploring the possibilities of using these tools in their own classes. The first presentation will review effective techniques for PowerPoint, useful features of Sakai, and teaching through gamification. This will be followed by a presentation on technologies that foster active learning and collaborations including the use of Clickers, Moodle forums, Titan Pad, Voyant, and GoogleDocs. The final presentation will provide an in-depth look at a digital project using Tumblr. Following the presentations by faculty and students, Anne Cong-Huyen, an expert in digital pedagogy, will facilitate a discussion. 

Presenters:

USING TECHNOLOGY TO FACILITATE TEACHING, Khanh Bui (Pepperdine University)

USING TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE ACTIVE LEARNING, Ayesha Shaikh, Anne Sebanc, Lalaine Dungca & Roland Gomez (Whittier College)

USING TUMBLR TO CONNECT WITH MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS, Lorinda B. Camparo, Kathleen Ralph, Jessica Willis & Scott Robles (Whittier College)

Discussant: Anne Cong-Huyen

Khanh Bui

Sakai

Powerpoint

Snagit

IBM SPSS

Ayesha Shaikh and Anne Sebanc

Clickers for Polling and Quizzes

Turning Point Clickers

Group Discussion, Note Taking

TitanPad

Voyant Tools

Social Annotation

OpenRev

Hypothes.is

Lumin

Discussion & Message Boards

Moodle

Lori Camparo and Kathy Ralph

Tumblr

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Sample Student Blogs:

Jessica Willis

Scott Robles

Sample Blogs:

DISCUSSION QUESTION 1

Psyc344ej:

Ever faces the social pressures of being larger than the “norm” that has been set by society. She eats as a way to relieve the anxiety she feels from the loss of her mother and coping with day to day happenings. Her father worries about her and so expresses his concerns.

How do you think Ever perceives his letter?

High school student

Ever’s father writing a letter expressing his concern for her weight only affects Ever, because she now feels that even her father’s thoughts are now expressed through Skinny. This is not a good way for him to discuss weight and/or health problems with his daughter, because it leads Ever to believe that her father can’t confront her.  For example, in the article it shows that there are other ways to help a child with weight issues. The article states that a parent can provide a healthy environment that influences healthy behavior and have the child focus on the health rather than the weight.

Psyc344ej:

I agree with you fully regarding the topic of how a parent should create a healthy environment rather than focusing on the issue. When reading the article I kept thinking of her dad and hoping that if things would have happened differently during his interactions with Ever, maybe she could have controlled her weight gain.

DISCUSSION QUESTION 2

psyc344ej:

Ever faces the social pressures of being larger than the “norm” that has been set by society. She eats as a way to relieve the anxiety she feels from the loss of her mother and coping with day to day happenings. Her father worries about her and so expresses his concerns.

How do you think Ever perceives his letter?

Middle school student

I think that Ever’s dad should have confronted her instead of sending a letter. This shows he feels ashamed or even embarrassed to have to talk about this topic to his daughter

Psyc344ej:

He could have found it easier to write a letter, as many parents would not want to come across in the wrong way to their children. It is reasonable to assume that he was embarrassed, but do you think he was more uncomfortable because he had also seen his wife struggling with weight-related issues?

Sample blog reading:

“Preventing the Broad Spectrum of Weight-Related Problems: Working with Parents to Help Teens Achieve a Healthy Weight and a Positive Body Image” by Dlanne Neumark-Sztainer