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Principles to Improve Instructional Videos’ Effectiveness

This is an article on The Effortful Educator from Blake Harvard (Twitter: @effortfuleduktr) that reviews “Five ways to increase the effectiveness of instructional video.” Going forward, because more of us will need to create videos for our courses, we should learn as much as we can about making those videos as effective as possible. In …

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NOBA: Statistical Thinking

A chapter by Beth Chance and Allan Rossman that introduces several key topics in statistics such as: distributions, p-values, confidence intervals, samples/populations, and drawing statistical conclusions . This chapter could serve as an introduction to the topic or as a refresher for students in a more advanced course. You can access the full chapter here.

Article: Teaching the Foundations of Psychological Science

This chapter from Regan Gurung (Twitter: @ReganARGurung) and Drew Christopher, discusses all aspects of teaching research methods and statistics in psychology from why students need the course, how to organize the course, highlight resources, and discuss challenges in teaching these important courses. Citation: Gurung R.A.R., Christopher A. (2020) Teaching the Foundations of Psychological Science. In: …

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Student Guide to SPSS and APA Style Writing (v.12.0)

This guide (created by Gary Lewandowski; Twitter: @LewandowskiPhD) is a free resource that can substitute for the APA Manual and SPSS guides. The Student Guide leads students through data analysis in SPSS with step-by-step instructions and screenshots for setting up the analyses and interpreting the output. For each analysis, students also see an example SPSS …

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Activity: Multi-Group Multi-Tasking

In this activity from The Learning Scientists’ blog, students are randomly assigned to one of three groups: recite the alphabet, count to 26, or go both by going back and forth (A-1-B-2, etc.). The dependent variable is how long it takes to complete the task. This could be done in class, but could also be …

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Creating an Effective Online Instructor Presence

This article from the Community College Resource Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, provides information on “Together, these studies shed light on the fact that it is important for online instructors to actively and visibly engage with students in the teaching and learning process—perhaps with even greater intentionality than in face-to-face courses.” Within the 8 …

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Chronicle Advice Guide: How To Be a Better Online Teacher

This article by Flower Darby from The Chronicle of Higher Education “… advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version…” This includes: 10 essential principles and practices of better online teaching Common misperceptions How to find help You can check out the full article here.

Video: Introduction to R

This is a short video (5:20) from MarinStatsLectures introducing students to using R. It is the first in a series that will be a fantastic resource for both face-to-face and online teaching. Click here for a link to the complete playlist. If you check out the MarinStatsLectures page, you’ll also find lots of videos on …

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Video: Hypothesis Testing Concepts

This is a playlist from MarinStatsLectures focusing on central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. There are 12 videos in the series. Each one is short to help keep students focused, and it allows you to easily pick and choose which ones you prefer. This is a great resource for online teaching to help …

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Resource: How to Teach a Course in Research Methods for Psychology Students

This book, authored by Ross Seligman Research Methods Professor at Pasadena City College, is (from the website) ” a step-by-step guide for instructors on how to teach a psychology research methods course at the undergraduate or graduate level. It provides various approaches for teaching the course including lecture topics, difficult concepts for students, sample labs, …

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Activity: A Chi-Square Analysis of Taco Bell Sauce Packets

We all can (or should) agree that Taco Bell is the best fast food. When you take a trip to Taco Bell, they’ll inevitably ask if you would like any sauce. The best response: “surprise me.” The payoff? A heaping handful of sauce packets. But, are the flavors randomly distributed, or do they give you …

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First Day Zoom-Friendly Icebreakers

The switch to online learning means that we will need to switch up many of go-to first day of class icebreaker activities. Importantly, whatever we choose will likely need to work well via video meeting programs like Zoom. Rather than reinvent the wheel, you can check out the suggestions in this article by Eugene Korsunskiy …

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First Day Getting to Know You Survey

Establishing a rapport with students is connected to students’ success, interest, and pro-academic behaviors. Rapport can be particularly hard to establish in an online learning environment. One way to help establish rapport is by starting the semester with a survey that helps you get to know the students and their needs. Teachers who do this …

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Video: One-Way ANOVA (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (11:19) from Research by Design described as follows, “Using the same example from the Wizard of Oz involving Munchkins and wicked witches in various regions that we used learning ANOVA by hand, we are going to learn about conducting a one-way ANOVA using SPSS. We will create the dataset in SPSS, conduct a one-way …

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Video: Chi-Square (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (7:37) from Research by Design described as follows, “We are now going to learn how to calculate a one-way chi-square in SPSS. This is the House of Pigs Chi Square, using the dataset BuildingPermits.sav. A house inspector randomly samples building permits pulled by 70 little pigs who were building houses, to determine whether a …

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Video: Independent-Samples t-test (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (8:11) from Research by Design and Dr. Todd Daniel, described as follows, “Another way of measuring the difference between two samples is to compare two unrelated groups or participants or samples. In this design, you measure two groups one time; in contrast, the previous paired test measured the same sample two times. With independent …

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