|If you have attended the Institute in the past, be assured that the 29th Annual Institute will be equally valuable and enjoyable (more so, we hope!). New speakers at each Institute provide unique and current information to assist you in improving your teaching effectiveness. Continued participation in the Institute will keep you abreast of new developments in textbook publishing and educational computer software, as well as lecture content and classroom techniques.|
The 29th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology is sponsored by the University of South Florida and the Association for Psychological Science. It is designed for teachers of psychology at universities, two- and four-year colleges, and high schools, who wish to enhance and broaden their teaching skills. The Institute has achieved an international reputation for its commitment to excellence in the teaching of psychology. The Program Committee for the 29th Institute (Doug Bernstein, Chair, Bill Buskist, Robert Hendersen, Sandra Goss Lucas, and Linda Woolf) has created a program which spans a wide range of course content areas, and is designed to meet the needs expressed by past participants and psychology faculty in general. Presentation formats are diverse and provide an atmosphere that supports individual involvement and group interaction. Presentations by over 30 distinguished faculty (see biographical sketches at ) will include two-hour and three-hour workshops, one-hour concurrent lectures on various content and technique topics (which will be presented twice to ease the dilemma of choosing among them), and general sessions on topics of interest to all participants. Opportunities for sharing ideas with both Institute faculty and other participants will include three poster sessions, three participant idea exchanges, and informal discussions at meals and evening get-togethers. In order to assure that all participants can select a personal agenda that meets their professional development needs, enrollment in the Institute will be limited to 350 participants. The program begins on Wednesday, January 3, with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and five morning workshops beginning at 8:00 a.m. It ends on Saturday, January 6, at Noon, after the announcement of poster awards and the closing session.
|Annual STP Workshop: Eat Your F.I.B.E.R.S.: How to Help Students Digest Psychological Science Brian Burke One of our most difficultand rewardingquests as teachers of psychology is to get students hooked on science. This workshop will illustrate that our success in this regard is not only possible, but likely, if we present and package psychological science in a digestible format. Despite the common tendency to simply present a study in "APA style" (intro, methods, results, discussion), there are actually a plethora of different ways in which to present psychological research or "data" to our students, each with varying aims and goals. This workshop will discuss the "FIBERS" approach, a mnemonic that captures six different ways to get students interested when presenting psychological research in any class. Throughout, teachers will be encouraged to consider how they present research across the psychology curriculum in order to optimize student participation and interest in the science of psychology.|
|Improving Your Teaching through Assessment and Feedback Bill Buskist and Victor Benassi At some point in their academic careers, teachers who are serious about their work will ask themselves a critical question: "How can I become a more effective teacher?" One of the most beneficial answers to this question centers on authentic and consistent assessment and feedback regarding all aspects of their teaching. In this workshop, we provide an interactive overview of effective assessment and feedback strategies and tactics as they relate to different forms of teaching: small and large classes, laboratory courses, seminars, and so on. We will discuss assessment in terms of who does the assessment, when it is done, and for what purpose it is done. Our goal is for each participant to leave the workshop with an individualized plan for assessing his or her teaching and a strategy for implementing that plan in the spring term.|
|Designing and Implementing Assessment Systems for Psychology Departments Tom Pusateri This workshop will present strategies for designing and implementing a system for assessing outcomes in psychology programs consistent with the 2002 APA Task Force report, "Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes." These strategies may help participants and their departmental colleagues to: articulate key learning goals and outcomes for their programs; reach consensus on shared standards for assessing student work across sections of one or more courses; communicate expectations to prospective students and majors; and collect, analyze, and report data that may generate further discussion for maintaining or improving the quality of the program.|
Annual Introductory Psychology Forum: Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Promoting Self-Regulated Learning in Introductory Psychology Bob Hendersen, Sandra Goss Lucas, and Jane Noll Each year the Introductory Psychology Forum addresses a topic suggested by participants in the previous year's workshop and each of three facilitators briefly discusses an approach to the topic. These presentations are followed by an open discussion, wherein all the participants in the forum are encouraged (and expected!) to contribute actively to the discussion.
Good instructors want their students to be motivated by more than grades. They also want their students to be able to engage course material effectively when they study. Ideally, all students would be able to learn and think critically without an instructor guiding every step of the process, but in reality many students need help in achieving these goals. How can we best help students to become motivated, effective, self-regulated learners in Introductory Psychology? The three presenters will each suggest some ways to address these challenges. The discussion that follows will provide participants the opportunity to share the ways they motivate their students and help and encourage students to become self-regulated learners.
Interpersonally Interactive, Discovery-Based LearningOnline Morton Ann Gernsbacher In this workshop, I shall describe the curriculum and format of a completely online capstone course. The course features discovery-based learning (i.e., students are responsible for actively seeking and synthesizing the course's content), a high degree of peer interaction (i.e., students meet weekly in small groups in chat rooms and even more frequently post the results of their discovery to bulletin boards), and a high degree of peer feedback (i.e., students are responsible for providing feedback to their peers' discussion board posts as well as formulating group inquiries). Quantitative data demonstrate that students perceive the course as more interpersonally engaging than traditional face-to-face courses and that they feel considerably more comfortable contributing to group discussion.
|The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence (a certificate, a check for $250, and one complimentary registration for a future NITOP conference) will be given to the author(s) of the poster presentation judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods.|
|The Society for the Teaching of Psychology Award (a certificate, a check for $250, and a free one-year membership in STP) will be given to the author(s) of the poster presentation judged by Institute faculty as best incorporating new or innovative content into psychology courses.|
|The Doug Bernstein Award (a certificate, a check for $250, and one complimentary registration for a future NITOP conference) will be given to the author(s) of the poster presentation judged by Institute faculty as the most humorous, creative, or original poster.|
|The NITOP 2007 poster award winners will be announced at the closing session.|
Three poster sessions will allow for presentations by Institute participants on topics related to the teaching of psychology. These sessions provide the opportunity for informal exchange among participants and the valuable sharing of teaching ideas that has been acclaimed by past participants in the Institute. The schedule for poster presentations will be posted at prior to the Institute. For information on submitting a poster proposal, click on .
Participant Idea Exchanges
Three participant idea exchanges will offer participants
the opportunity to share teaching ideas in a roundtable format. During these
sessions, participants who submit various teaching-related topics will lead
informal discussion of those topics at specifically designated large round tables.
The list of titles will be posted at
prior to the Institute and will appear in the conference program, so participants
may select those of special interest in advance; you may join or leave the discussion
at each location as the spirit moves you. For information
on submitting a participant idea exchange proposal, click on .
Software and Book Displays
Learn how to use instructional computing in your psychology classes and explore software packages that will make it possible for you to easily implement these techniques following the Institute. The software displays and demonstrations will be held in conjunction with the poster sessions, so you may evaluate these resources without missing any formal presentations. We also encourage you to explore software during any of your personal breaks, and to speak directly with program developers about incorporating computer technology into your courses. During the poster sessions and at other times throughout the Institute, representatives from the following sponsoring publishers will be on hand to acquaint you with the latest textbooks, software, and other materials relating to a variety of psychology courses:
Allyn & Bacon Longman Publishing Company
American Psychological Association
|Bent Tree Press|
Blackwell Publishing Company
Houghton Mifflin Company
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Prentice Hall Publishing Company
|Society for the Teaching of Psychology|
Wadsworth Publishing Company
|John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|
Worth Publishing Company
|A bulletin board will be available for posting employment opportunities near the registration desk. Please bring your announcement to the Institute. An interview room will be available which may be used by employers and applicants during the conference.|
Your registration fee includes admission to all conference events, four breakfasts, two luncheons, the reception on Wednesday evening, and refreshments at all coffee breaks and poster sessions. In addition, the conference proceedings will include approximately 200 pages of handouts provided by invited speakers, to assist you in implementing new techniques and teaching ideas in your own courses following the conference. More information on registration is available at .
For participants and families who wish to visit local attractions while in the area, we recommend the following (visit their websites for details): (1) Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, (2) MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) in Tampa, (3) Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and (4) Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Attractions less than 90 minutes away include Busch Gardens in Tampa and Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios in Orlando.