Taking Constructivism Seriously (Tom Ludwig, Hope)

Thomas Ludwig, Psychology Department, Hope College (ludwig@hope.edu) [April 3, 2017] What Is Constructivism? Constructivism is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes the active role of the student, claiming that students learn by constructing internal representations of the concepts and principles in a course (Piaget, 1973; Dewey, 1938; Vygotsky,… Read More

TED-ED and Your Head: Using Technology to Distribute Practice on Low Stakes, Generative Questions in Sensation & Perception (Nestor Matthews, Denison)

Nestor Matthews, Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program, Denison University For the full report contact Nestor Matthews at:  matthewsn@denison.edu “QUESTION: Can TED-Ed technology improve student learning and engagement?” Over the past few years I have adopted the teaching practice of flipping the classroom with video lectures. In 2013, I began requiring… Read More

From Religious Literacy to Social Action: How I Discuss the Global Refugee Crisis Within Our Classes (Younus Mirza, Allegheny)

Younus Mirza, Asst. Prof. of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Allegheny College Question: Can site visits be used to teach interreligious engagement and democratic participation? Every semester I take my students to Erie,PA to visit a mosque in order to help them connect many of the themes… Read More

From Knowledge to Social Action: Addressing College Student Alcohol Use Through Class “Service-Based Action Projects” (Susan Kennedy, Denison)

Susan Kennedy, Department of Psychology, Denison University Question: Can instructors leverage in-class learning to impact an important public health issue? Here’s one approach designed to use knowledge gained in a psychopharmacology class to address drinking among college students. The misuse of alcohol among college students represents a significant public health… Read More